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

The Big Three: Fall 2012's Tournament Season in Full Swing

AJGA It isn’t a stretch to think that students at a school filled with golfers would take competition very seriously but every semester that is exactly what happens; competition gets serious. The President’s Cup, the International Cup and The Old Time Tournament are three longstanding traditions at PGCC, and the camaraderie built on the course every day gets taken to a whole new level.

For the tournaments, captains are designated and it is their responsibility to select the organization of the players, and therefore, the make-up of teams; who plays single matches and who plays teams. Captains are the backbone, the leaders and the moral support for the tournaments, but in the end, it is the players have to deliver on their potential and bring home the win.

The International Cup

The International Cup marks the close of a semester, and nearly the last tournament graduating seniors will play at PGCC. In typical tournament fashion all of the preceding matches serve to prepare players for the most challenging showdown at the end of each semester. After making it through the last 6 weeks of qualifying tournaments, the top 36 students compete against the faculty in 4 modified alternate shot ball matches.

The Temecula campus selected the Legends Golf Club to host the competition, with Hampton Hall Country Club hosting in Hilton Head and Orlando splitting their time between the Palmer Course at Reunion Resort, and the Grand Pines Golf Club. This semester’s match in Hilton Head was a nail-biter right to the last putt. A close match, to be sure, but the thrill of neck and neck competition came to a screeching halt when students firmly took their lead and made it clear; The International Cup is ours. Orlando students held tightly onto their lead, taking home the cup with a 15 to 13 win over the faculty.While the faculty did a little bit more than edge out the students in Temecula.

Some call it the luck, but students at PGCC have taken instruction to a whole new level, teaching faculty a thing or two on the course. Congratulations to I Cup captains and co-captains: Jeff Mauldin (Orlando), Karin Kim and Shane Swindler (Temecula), and a special round of applause for Juan Palacios and Jayson Galindo (Hilton Head) who led their team to the first student victory over faculty since Fall 2010!

Temecula Students:
Temecula Faculty: 15½

Orlando Students:15
Orlando Faculty: 13

Hilton Head Students: 12 ½
Hilton Head Faculty: 11 ½

The President's Cup

The top students at all three golf college campuses welcome the President's Cup Tournament every semester. Played in Ryder Cup format, where one point is awarded for every hole gained, and a half point is awarded for every hole tied, the “P Cup” allows each student an opportunity to compete against the faculty, a considerable challenge, even for the best of the best. One of several end-of-semester tournaments the P Cup engages students in healthy competition, exposing them to the rules of match play format that directly emulate the Ryder Cup style.

The students who served as captains and co-captains of this semester’s P Cup were; Carter Martinson and Anthony Mastrangelo in Hilton Head, and Brandon Damaskos and Andrew Ellis in Temecula, and James Prescott in Orlando.

In Temecula the faculty took a substantial lead in Individual Matches on day 2, though it deserves mentioning that Chiwon Suh and Jae Hyun Suh, finished at 4&2 making them the only students to take home a win on day 1. In spite of their best efforts, after 2 days of competition, students relinquished the cup and it is the faculty who came out ahead in Temecula and Hilton Head. Congratulations to all teams on a game well-played, and best of luck to the next group of brave students to take on PGCC’s formidable faculty.

Temecula Students:3
Temecula Faculty:15

Orlando Students:18
Orlando Faculty:10

Hilton Head Students:2
Hilton Head Faculty: 10

The Old Time Tournament

Old Time TournamentSet foot through the door of any of PGCC’s three campuses and you will see the same thing; royal blue letters mounted on a wall informing you that Golf is History, Tradition & Character. At the Professional Golfer’s Career College this statement is more than a welcome mat, it is a principal philosophy. Three times a year this tenet is put to practical use during the Old Time Tournament.

The Old Time Tournament is a competition played in scramble format, exclusively by graduating seniors. Each team is comprised of four players and one caddy. The game begins with each player teeing off from the same spot, with the next round of play beginning where the best shot landed; this is continued until the ball is sunk into the hole. However, it is not the format that makes this tournament unique; it is unique because of the historically respectful manner in which it is played.

Players are outfitted in garb specific to golf’s very early years with students typically outfitted in a uniform of pristine golf shoes, knee socks, knickers, a sweater or vest over a crisp shirt, and a newsboy cap. Though the attire is no longer de rigueur, it is reminiscent of a bygone era that was saturated in style. Adhering further to the traditions of yesteryear, all players, and their caddies, walk each of the 18 holes on the course. Old Time TournamentGolf carts did not exist when the game was being formed and as a result, the automobiles are excluded from the day’s proceedings.

Transportation is not the only arena in which developmental technology is restricted. During the Old Time Tournament there are no such developments as sophisticated engineering, lightweight materials or adjustable heads. Students play with hickory shafted clubs and older versions of golf balls. Undoubtedly, there is a great appreciation for the advances of the game after the tournament commences, given that both the instruments and types of swings have evolved considerably.

The Old Time Tournament is homage to the rich and cherished history of the game of golf and while one of the primary goals is to reward the seniors with a peek into the origins of one of their life’s greatest passions, you simply can’t ignore the fact that a few days before they graduate they are taking away exactly the same lesson they learned upon arrival at PGCC; Golf is History, Tradition & Character.