Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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B ecoming a PGA Professional takes a lot more than a good golf swing. One of the main paths to PGA membership is the PGA Golf Management University Program, also known as the PGM. This program combines PGA-specific education in the golf business with a standard univer- sity business curriculum, leading to a bachelor's degree and the ability to apply for PGA membership. Three of the Carolinas schools in the PGA Golf Management University Program are celebrating 20 years of PGA accreditation this year: Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Methodist. All three golf pro- grams graduated their first PGM students in 1999, and have helped thousands of college students become PGA Professionals, golf industry profession- als and businesspeople outside of golf. Methodist's campus in Fayetteville, N.C., has the largest PGA staff working on a PGM program, with six PGA Professionals totaling more than 100 years of golf experience available to help teach and mentor. The school's notable PGM alumni include Devin Gee, the PGA Head Professional at Pennsylvania's Oak- mont Country Club, and golf media personality Jimmy Hanlin. The PGM staff at Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., includes PGA Past President Will Mann and current Carolinas PGA Section President Paige Cribb, and the program has grown from less than 50 students in 2001 to over 300 today. Campbell has also graduated hundreds of PGA Professionals from its PGM program in Buies Creek, N.C. The school's PGA alums are spread across the country from Pinehurst Resort to Bandon Dunes in Oregon, National Golf Links in New York and TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Clemson and North Carolina State are also in the PGA Golf Management University Program, joining the ranks in 2001 and 2002, respectively. ■ 30 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 P G A O F A M E R I CA These Methodist University students, like their PGA Golf Management University Program peers at Campbell and Coastal Carolina, are on track for careers in golf. Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Methodist Celebrate 20 Years of PGA Golf Management Three local schools started minting PGA Professionals two decades ago, and many of their alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves in the golf world Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Methodist have helped thousands of college students get started in the golf industry over the past 20 years. METHODIST UNIVERSITY

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