To attract alumni, the annual Professional Golf Management (PGM) alumni group
tournament and dinner is held at the same time as the Professional Golf Association’s
annual merchandise show in Orlando, Fla. This annual show, held since the 1950s
and the oldest show of it’s kind, attracts 40,000 industry professionals
“We always have tons of alumni and undergrads in the area for the annual
PGA merchandise show so this event is a great way to pull them together for
some fun and networking,” says Michael Gardner ’96, general manager
of the Tuscawilla Country Club, the location for the last three years of the
tournament and dinner.
During the dinner on Jan. 26, the Professional Golf Management APG presented
its “Pride of the Lions Award” to Joe Hughes ’99, PGA head
golf professional at the Penn State Golf Courses and one of the driving forces
behind the ongoing renovations to the University’s golf courses, the Penn
State Blue and White courses.
“Joe has been very instrumental with helping to provide a lot of services
and programs for the PGM program,” said Gardner. “He’s helped
create programs and services that are adding value to the program and differentiating
us from other schools in a really positive way.”
The PGM alumni group’s dinner “serves to reestablish alumni relationships
and give our undergraduate students the opportunity to meet alumni and share
information regarding future internship opportunities and full-time positions,”
says Burch Wilkes, coordinator of the Professional Golf Management program.
For more information on the Professional Golf Management APG, e-mail President
Kevin Hamluk ’97 at email@example.com.