Alumni Success StoriesAt PGCC, we are dedicated to preparing talented and skilled students to become the next leaders in the world of golf. Here are a handful of success stories from PGCC graduates...
Scott Erdmann, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional, Lake Oswego Country Club
Runner up at 93rd Annual PGA Professional National Championship
"I graduated in April of 1997, and I’m an Assistant Golf Professional at Lake Oswego Country Club in Oregon and I like to play in a lot of tournaments. One of the big things I took away from my time at PGCC was really very subconscious. I learned professionalism, a way of conducting myself, and it has served me well in all of the years since I’ve been there. I really loved the instructors. I still have fond memories of times I spent working in the swing lab improving my game.
Alan Rogut, GCMA
Director of Golf, Braemar Golf - The Old Course at St. Andrews
"I was passionate about golf and was considering turning professional or moving into golf management and PGCC seemed to offer the right combination of experienced personnel and educational courses. I learned a tremendous amount there, and discovered that I was more suited for a management role than teaching, although I really enjoy teaching as well.
Assistant Golf Professional & PGA Apprentice, The Club at Longview
"I graduated in December of 2010 and I‘m working for The Club at Longview. I think the most valuable lesson I learned at PGCC is to always put forth my best work; that the hard work will always pay off. PGCC prepared me very well, in my opinion; I came out a better player, instructor and golf professional. Being able to learn from great instructors helped me to understand the game better and helped shape me into the golf professional I am today.”
Head Golf Professional, Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills
"I would not be in the position I am today, without the skills and knowledge attained from The Professional Golfers Career College. Specifically, Golf Shop Operations I & II, they have proven to be the most used curriculum in my day to day tasks. Learning to follow up with customers and members is an important role in my position, and relationships developed are the most important factor in our service-based industry.”
Owner, Titusville's La Cita Country Club
"PGCC graduate, Jim Musick, exemplifies one of the basic tenets held by PGCC: Attitude is everything. After graduating from PGCC he began his golf career as a cart boy in his 40’s and never lost sight of his goal of owning a country club. “It was tough,” Musick says, “but I was willing to take anything.” He finally got a job at a country club taking inventory of its pro shop. The job was just four or five hours a day and paid $6 an hour. After a few months, he was promoted to assistant golf pro. From there his golf career started to take off.
Cody Botella, PGA
Center Manager, GolfTEC
"I’m a graduate from August 2007, and I work for GolfTEC Huntington Beach. PGCC taught me that attitude is everything. I loved the networking, the atmosphere and the lifelong career guidance. Attending PGCC and earning my degree showed that I posses knowledge of the game and the business, but it also showed my devotion to golf as a career."
Certified Personal Coach, Director of Instruction & Center Manager, GolfTEC
"I graduated from PGCC in August 2007, and I work for GolfTEC Boston, now. At PGCC I learned the importance of professionalism and understanding all facets of the golf industry. I believe that understanding all of these areas truly helps us as golf professionals to understand and help our clients, students and members. One of the things I loved most about PGCC is that I was able to be educated...
PGCC helped me break into the golf business by exposure to employers and by being very credible. PGCC is known everywhere and employers know that we’re ready for any job in the industry once we graduate."
Eddie Godefroid, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional, Ansley Golf Club
"Godefroid, a graduate from the Orlando campus in December 2009, has a sincere love for fostering relationships with club members. “I truly believe that we aren’t in the golf business, but in the people business and those people happen to play golf.” Godefroid, who passed his Playing Ability Test while he was still in school at the Professional Golfers Career College, is slated to complete his PGA Apprenticeship in 2012”
Anthony Valverde, PGA
Executive Director, Aloha Section of the PGA of America
"A member of Temecula’s August 2006 class, Anthony Valverde has always had a knack for finding great jobs in some of the world’s most beautiful places. He spent three years as the Tournament Manager for the Southern California PGA before deciding to head further west, to Hawaii. Anthony recently accepted the position of Tournament Director for the Aloha Section of the PGA.”
CEO and Director of Instruction, Disabled Golfers Learning Foundation, Inc.
"I graduated from PGCC in April of 2006, winner of the Old Tom Morris Award. I came to PGCC to find the information and the connections necessary to launch the Disabled Golfers Learning Foundation (DGLF). Without my time at PGCC I would not have had a clue how to get the foundation off the ground. Learning the ins and outs of the business, and the contacts I made while I was there, made launching the foundation possible.
Without that experience, I would not have been able to get the foundation off the ground. I am in debt to the faculty and staff at PGCC for making this dream possible.”
Assistant Golf Professional & Tournament Coordinator, MetroWest Golf Club
"Andrew Thompson, an August 2009, Orlando graduate, cites Golf Teaching I-IV as his main inspirations. Thompson has always had singular focus and after selecting the Professional Golfers Career College as the place to pursue his golf education, he notes that his world just opened up. “There wasn’t anyone at the school who couldn’t answer a question.”