Welcome Spring 2013 Freshmen

PGCC Logo This is the first week of school for our Spring 2013 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, Admissions Director at 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 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.”

Rickie Fowler attends VJGA Awards Banquet at PGCC

PGCC Logo There’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes from working with people who share your vision. The Professional Golfers Career College and the Valley Junior Golf Association can count themselves among the long-standing partnerships whose shared vision brings great satisfaction, and strikes a balance that makes the other shine brighter. Established in 1987 the VJGA is a non-profit junior golf tour that runs a staggering run 30 tournaments a year for kids 5 to 18 years of age, and they have always maintained their belief that: “Golf is good for kids.” a sentiment that PGCC can totally get behind.

Formed to promote the traditions of golf and encourage competition and camaraderie among junior golfers the VJGA was created to educate young people about the game of golf, the skill, self-discipline, the competition and the joy of the game. At PGCC our mission is to educate the future leaders in the world of golf, and in this case that really means that we can pick up where the VJGA leaves off.

Returning to your roots is an important pilgrimage in life and career, especially in a sport that has such a rich and far-reaching history…and that’s exactly what happened at the 2012 VJGA Awards Banquet, a southern California native returned to his roots with a surprise visit. The VJGA selected PGCC Temecula to host the banquet, which was held in the St. Andrews Auditorium, the pride and joy PGCC’s Temecula campus. Setting foot in the auditorium is taking a step back in time, which made it all the more entertaining to see so many young faces.

Lou Skovron is the Director of Golf at The Legends Golf Club, and co-Director, alongside his wife, Valerie, of the VJGA. He took a moment to explain why golf is good for kids “My wife and I have been involved with VJGA since 1989 and along with the tournaments we try to show kids what they can learn from golf that's going to help them in everyday life, and growing up.” And the truth is, they ought to know. The Skovron’s son, Joe, who had his own successful playing career and launched the “Beyond the Links” clothing line, is a graduate of the VJGA and he certainly is in good company. Presently Joe is a caddie on the PGA Tour for none other than Rickie Fowler, who also happens to be a graduate of the VJGA.

Skovron continued that “Ricky started playing golf with the VJGA when he was 4 and he was at the banquet to show his support for the VJGA.” Rickie didn’t come alone, another former VJGA player, Joe Skovron, made an appearance at the award proceedings. The Banquet bestowed sportsmanship awards and awards for the 2012 Player of the Year, Runner-up Player of the Year in each age group, alongside the Steele Plate Award for most-improved (named for PGA Tour player Brendan Steele, another VJGA alumnus). Mike Pugh and Baylee Barckley took home the Rickie Fowler Award for best stroke average for the year.

If having an award named after him wasn’t enough, at the end of the awards Rickie Fowler was inducted into the VJGA hall of Fame, alongside another familiar name; 2009 inductee Doctor Tim Somerville, President and Founder of PGCC. Skovron remarked “We had 120 kids and parents and everyone had a great time with our surprise guest Rickie. PGCC has been a great supporter of Valley Junior Golf for many years, and has allowed us to use The Legends Golf Club as a home course,” continuing that the “VJGA is very appreciative of Dr. Somerville and PGCC for their support.”

Fall 2012 Commencement

Congratulations to our Fall 2012 Graduates! Graduation ceremonies for all of the PGCC campuses were held last week 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
Jim G. Burgess
Mark Cabrera
Matthew R. Chan
Richard J. Clark
*Patrick N. Crouch
*Brandon T. Damaskos
Jayson L. Davis
*Joseph J. Dendary
Andrew S. Ellis
Rhett E. Finney
Minsuk Han
Joshua A. Hartson
Castavious Henderson
*Kelly Jean-Paul
Thomas J. Jeffery
Daniel K. Kelzer
*Hyun Jung Kim
See Dong Kim
*Carlos G. Loera
Dallas C. Lopez
Jeffrey M. Marshall
Terence E. Mata
Samuel J. Moncrieff IV
Troy E. Poling
**Glynn H. Rodgers
Paul R. Romain
Aunggoon Srisujaritpanich
*John F. Stehle
Chiwon Suh
Jae Hyun Suh
Richard S. Swindler
**Robert S. Thompson
Collin M. Yost

* Denotes a Graduate With Honors
** Denotes Valedictorian or Co-Valedictorian
Hilton Head Campus
James Baird IV
*Andrew P. Barker
*Kyle Robert Beardslee
Bryan Canty
*Scott A. Denney
Anthony John Faries
*Jayson W. Galindo
Jose’ Antonio Gutierrez M.
Jack W. Howard, Jr.
**Daniel Hubert
David Jaroszynski
*Derek Jay Kohler
Benjamin A. Letendre
Carter Martinson
*Anthony R. Mastrangelo
Chris Alan McCance II
Robert Michael McDade
Robert F. Noble, Jr.
Ryan Michael O’Shea
Juan Delfino Palacios
Travis Alan Pedlar
Zane Grey Willis
*Kevin Daniel Wright
*Aric R. Zuberbier

Orlando Campus
*Carlo Arini
Taylor Alexander Bennett
*Jake Brown
Jonathan M. Cahlander
*Joseph J. Capabianco Jr.
*Frank Centamore
*Corey Collins
John Paul Cordova
Skyler W. Estes
Daniel J. Fitzpatrick
*Taylor J. Fulbright
David Girard-Allard
Mackenzie Grooms
*Scott A. Guzinski
Michael Hatton
Corey Holland
Dylan W. Hopper
Jonathan J. Jewell
Douglas A. Konidaris
*Marcus J. Lambert
*John Lassen
Marc A. Lavimodiere
Ryan M. Lawrence
JungYeol Lee
**Jeffrey H. Mauldin
Chase McCarthy
*Matthew Eric Mendez
Edward Millet
Kevin J. Naylor
Ryan Otten
*James Prescott
*William Josef Seidl
Quinn Sliker
Filip A. Strzelecki
*Benjamin A. Torch
Nigel Domenic Vessels