Welcome Spring 2014 Freshmen

PGCC Logo This is the first few weeks of school for our Spring 2014 Freshman class and, while advice is traditionally offered as commencement is underway, it’s a good idea to offer a few words as students embark on their voyage because 16 months vanishes in the blink of an eye and we want our students to have the best shot at success that they can possibly have. One of the basic tenets at the Professional Golfers Career College is that “Attitude is Everything”, but what exactly does this mean?

Gary Gilleon, a graduate of PGCC Temecula, feels strongly that it means “There are different ways to measure success but there is always a direct link between input and output. Your level of effort will translate to your level of success anyway you define it.” Gilleon, who began his preparing for his second career as a student at the Professional Golfers Career College in 2009 following a 30 year career in the U.S. Navy, saw camaraderie as a major contributor to collective success. As one of the older students in his class, he made a habit out of looking out for other students. “Out of the strong camaraderie that develops in small groups, grows that desire to help each other. As an older guy in class class I always had my eye on younger students, wanting to help them. That’s why I love working here. I love sharing wisdom.”

Ultimately that is the aim of the Professional Golfers Career College; to share wisdom and resources. Gilleon continues, “I believe that here, at PGCC, defining success is learning is how to develop a ‘service mindset’. A great customer service attitude, which is being open, genuine and polite, translates into happy people.”

Spencer Callantine, Admissions Director at PGCC Hilton Head, graduated from the golf college in 2011 and arrived at the same conclusion; you get out what you put in. “Enjoy every second you have at PGCC because it will go so fast you won’t believe it, and take advantage of every opportunity to volunteer. The experiences you can have with the golf school will be mind blowing. I have worked with and volunteered for the LPGA, the Nationwide Tour, and ESPN. I can attest to the importance of affiliations with people and organizations like this in the golf industry.“

Beyond what our students get from PGCC, there’s also something to be said for what should be brought with them. Callantine continues, “I believe that most importantly, as a student, you should be prepared to absorb any and all information from the instructors; these are people who have gone through the very experiences that you are hoping to achieve someday.”

It’s no wonder that Gilleon and Callantine share the same sentiment about how to succeed; both studied under Jim ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson, PGCC Temecula’s former Dean of Students, and a legendary fixture around campus. If you ask Wilkie what advice he has to offer to incoming freshmen, his words are simple and, unsurprisingly, similar to the aforementioned advice. “I want students to realize that this is their time to take advantage of all of the experience they have here.” Adding that “There are 24 hours in your day, and you’re only in class for four of those hours; take advantage, ask questions. The best players I’ve seen are the players who ask the most questions because they’re always learning something.”

Faculty Spotlight on Steve Adamiak

Chances are pretty high that if you’re reading this, you love golf. Perhaps you’ve played a variety of sports throughout your life but golf ultimately won your affection over all the others. If this sounds like you, I’m sure you can relate to Steve Adamiak, a longtime faculty member at our Temecula campus, and Director of Instruction at the Redhawk Golf Club. Like you, Steve’s love of golf began early. Adamiak shared with us, “I’ve been playing golf since I was 6 years old. My dad and grandma used to take me out on a par 3 course as a kid.” He continues, “I was involved in all kinds of sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, and football, but have always been passionate about golf.”

Looking back at his early athletic career feels like a walk down memory lane, back when we had nothing but time to be outside. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that somewhere in that nostalgic moment is the origin of the golf professional in all of us; the person who wants to build a career in one of history’s most celebrated sports and retain that sense of play in our daily life as we grow older. Adamiak continues, “I started working as a caddy at a club when I was 13 years old, and have worked in the industry ever since.” Getting such an early start means that Steve has already been playing for over three decades, which is exactly the kind of thing you want to hear about the person who teaches our Techniques of Golf Teaching I, and Clinic Planning courses.

Over the last 25 years he has worked at public courses, private courses, golf schools, and driving ranges beginning in Des Moines, Iowa, where he also earned his degree in Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Iowa. Adamiak recalls, “After college I went to Amelia Island, Florida for 5 years, on to Long Island, New York for 2 seasons, and then Southern California for the past 10 years.” Covering such a diverse geographical area over all these years has allowed him to observe an array of practices and environments, equipping him with an adaptability that he passes along to students. And you have to admit, whatever he’s doing is really working...after all,Steve was the recipient of the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award for the Southern California P.G.A. Inland Empire Chapter, a cherished moment in his lengthy career.

A PGA member for the past 12 years, he still has great memories of winning a high school state championship and making a double eagle in his golf career but, in his words, “I love teaching the game and am most proud of the relationships I have with my middle school and high school students who desire to play the game at a high level.” He concluded, “The best thing about golf to me is the feeling of making a difference and bringing some happiness to people on a daily basis.”

Fall 2013 Commencement

Fall 2013 CommencementCongratulations to our Fall 2013 Graduates! Graduation ceremonies for all of the PGCC campuses were held to honor the students who have successfully completed their 16 month curriculum and earned their Specialized Associate's Degree in Professional Golf Management.

All PGCC graduates leave their respective campuses with a thorough understanding of the business of golf. As part of their educational career at PGCC, students engage in various areas of study to include marketing, business management, food and beverage, and golf course design, to name a few.  These areas of study help prepare golf college graduates for the professional golf industry and all that it entails.  Many students are quickly sought out by highly regarded golf courses across America and around the world for their breadth of knowledge that makes them uniquely qualified for various positions.

Although it is hard to say goodbye to these great men and women we have come to know so well, we wish them the best in their future endeavors!


Temecula Campus
Geoffrey E. Buchanan
John R. Calhoon
Andrew R. Carlson
Qiushou “Lian” Duan
Benjamin W. Greenwell
**Harrison A. Heublein
Shuling Huang
*Corey M. Huber
Jordan B. Johnson
*Ronald D. Miersma
Logan A. Navellier
Gregory J. Ochoa
Alexander G. Romcevich
*Christopher D. Roraback
Thitivut “Todd” Rungphanarat
Dominic M. Schuler
Seung Ho “Kenneth” Shin
*Michael W. Soerensen
Jordan W. Thomas
*Timothy G. Turner
Guido Vidotto
**Shaun M. Whelan
Jiaming “Lucy” Yu

* Denotes a Graduate With Honors
** Denotes Valedictorian or Co-Valedictorian

Hilton Head Campus
Christopher R. Bain
Daniel P. Boisvert
Marcus H. Campos
Michael P. Caris
**Matthew A. Eisenmenger
Tyler R. Fago
Riley O. Hansen
Brian A. Helms
Richard A. Hove Jr.
Timothy C. Junis
*Jeremy W. Kalnbach
Jonathan J. Killion
Shane A. Kinney
Chad L. McDade
Randall D. Melton
Ryan Moscow
Christopher R. Moylan
Robert F. O’Leary
Devin Pruitt
Mary Grace Reynolds
Ryan D. Roberts
*Seth W. Rockwell
Michael A. Sparks
Brian D. Tabb
Travis D. Titus
Lee Malcom Wilburn
Dylan W. Wright

Orlando Campus
Joshua Baker
Ginger Bellanca
Connor Dawson
Brian Dempsey
Nathaniel Derby
Matthew Entwistle
Matthew Farrell
Brett Heitzman
Derek Koertje
Skylar Hopf
Payne Lund
Alex Martus
**Timothy Meiner
John Reidhead
Ryan Southworth
Matthew Thomas
Daniel Valderrama
Mathew K Wisley
Heeil Yang