Over the past two decades, Goldberg Segalla partner Jill C. Owens has handled complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts nationwide, serving some of the biggest national and international companies across a variety of industries. She has also served some of the most talented players in the game of golf.
Jill — profiled in the April/May 2018 issue of Met Golfer — is co-chair of the Walking Scorers Committee for the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust, an elite group of volunteers who operate “inside the ropes” and keep accurate scores for the game’s most prestigious tournaments.
Not to be won by graft or good luck, the position of walking scorer requires attention, accuracy, discretion, persistence, and exceptional knowledge of the game. Jill began volunteering at the Westchester Country Club’s Buick Classic in 1993, as a third hole marshal, and soon apprenticed with the then-chair of the walking scorers, taking assignments “for anybody and everybody,” she told Met Golfer. “[F]or three years I remember I never got anybody who anyone knew, except their mother and maybe their college golf coach. But it was great and I absolutely loved it right away.” By the early 2000s, Jill was co-chair of the walking scorers, walking alongside her personal heroes and the celebrities of the golf world.
In the article, Jill recalls some of her fondest experiences of the game, from her first-ever round (with an office buddy in the 1980s), to scoring for Steve Stricker when he won at Westchester (“what a gentleman he was”), to winning her own club championship (twice).
“[T]o have that insider view with these pros who are my heroes — if I can be around them, checking out their equipment, what they’re wearing, just say ‘Hi,’ and then have them ask me how I’m doing, or remember my name from one time to another — it just absolutely ﬂoats my boat, that’s for sure.”