Recent Otterbein Graduate Making His Way in The Golf Industry

Posted Nov 19, 2021

By Catie Duzzny ’21, MBA’23 

Lucas Fox graduated from Otterbein University in May 2021 with a degree in sport management, a minor in business administration, and all the tools needed to start his career in the sports industry.  

Fox was a student athlete for four years, playing on Otterbein’s men’s golf team. He was a part of the Sport Management Club and even served as vice president and president for the organization. He also served as his team’s representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for three years. 

“In the Sport Management Club, I was able to go to events, network, and get my name out there. Later, I started making more connections which helped me learn the basics of the sport management industry,” said Fox.  

During his time at Otterbein, Fox also had several internships. During the summers of his sophomore and junior year he interned for the Memorial Tournament. He also interned at Nationwide Arena doing event production, which included several concerts. All these prepared him for his occupation today. 

Fox is currently an operations manager for HNS Sports Group. His job is to travel to different tournaments and manage the event vendors. This includes overseeing the building of the different structures and making the golf course suitable for the public to have an event on such a large scale.  

Fox’s experience with the golf team has given him the skills to manage teams of people to produce these events.  

“People think of it as an individual sport, but it’s more of a team sport than you realize. Those years of being on a team have helped a lot,” stated Fox. 

HNS puts on a variety of different professional golf tournaments on the three different tours that the PGA owns: The Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA Tour, and the PGA Tour Champions. 

In his role, Fox has traveled across the country, including Boise, Idaho, for the Albertsons Boise Open, a Korn Ferry Tour event; St. Louis for the Ascension Charity Classic; and Jacksonville, Florida, for a Tour Champions event. 

Most recently, Fox traveled to Orlando, Florida, for an event for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides military scholarships to family members of former active-duty military or fallen soldiers. Folds of Honor was founded by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, a Class A Member of the PGA. 

Soon Fox will be traveling to Austin, Texas, for a corporate amateur golf tournament for the Dave Thomas Foundation, which is affiliated with Wendy’s. After Texas, he will go to Pebble Beach, California, for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in January and February. 

Fox hopes his story can inspire others and give students a glimpse of what’s possible in the sports industry. 

“Get involved early and don’t be afraid to get your name out there. You cannot be successful in the field if you don’t try to get your name out there early. Don’t be afraid of failure, and if you’re not doing something that you love right out of college, it’s not the end of the world because there’s plenty of other opportunities you can do in sports,” said Fox.