Spring 2012 Commencement

Spring 2012 Hilton Head Graduates, PGCC Commencement
Congratulations to our Spring 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
Caio Barbosa
Christopher T. Batchelor
Adam W. Baumann
Taylor E. Carrasco-Gray
SoYoung Chung
Craig P. Dolan
Kenneth W. Elkins
*Taiji Enomoto
*Daniel L. Fountain
Jason S. Hamilton
*Tobias E. Johansson
Min Gyu Kang
Westen R. Lackey
Suk Jai Lee
Sungwoo Lee
Ju Hyuck Lim
Thana Makkasakul
Daniel B. Marshall
Michael S. McCarthy
Peter Meza
*Jeffrey S. Pacot
**Katie R. Robinson
Doug P. Ruiz
Matthew B. Rumack
In Chul Shin
Drew H. Telford
*Raymond J. Vincent
Brett M. Wusterbarth
Hee Suk Yang

* Denotes a Graduate With Honors
** Denotes Valedictorian or Co-Valedictorian
Hilton Head Campus
Amir Ajlani
Patrick W. Barry
*Bruce David Berdine
*Christopher Stephen Brown
*Joshua Adam Carmichael
Dru Bowman Doyal, Jr.
Shane Gerard Esposito
*Waylon Frederick
Geoffrey Greenwood
Courtney Vann Holt
*Kyle Robert Lightcap
*William A. Little
Tommaso Erasmo Maddalena Jr.
**Kerry C. Milhaven
*William H. Nance
Jordan J. Paolini
*Ronald A. Schebel
Chad Dennis Schlomer
Orlando Campus
Nicholas Scott Aikens
Charles Barteau
Matthew S. Benton
Mark Andrew Bertalon
Jordan D. Black
Grant M. Bollin
Joel Thomas Bush
Nathan J. Bzduch
*Matthew P. Cooper
*Kyle Andrew Costanzo
Brett Michael Dauphinais
Jay E. Freitag
Martin S. Haire
Bryan M. Harrell
*Daniel R. Hibbs
Tanner Steven Horn
Amber R. Hutchinson
Joel C. Kennedy
Hudson T. Lindsey
Michael K. Lindsey
Gallary Listort
Stephen D. Mazzara
Cory J. Menking
Brian V. Moreland
*Ben Osteen
John A. Rafanelli
Garret C. Reynolds
Andrew Blaise Simar
Scott Andrew Smith
**Steven James Strausbaugh
Jonathan Paul Stuart
Kyle Swyear
*Richard M. Tann
Adam Teague
**Brian Joseph Vukovich
Tristen Guy Woody

Tournament Honors the History of Golf

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.

The International Cup

I CupIt 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. Each campus has designated Captains and it is their responsibility to select 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 I Cup, so congratulations to Temecula Captains Craig Dolan, and Chris Batchelor, and Orlando Captain Richard Tann.

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 tournament was held March 27th thru the 29th and the Legends Golf Club hosted the competition for PGCC Temecula, with Champion’s Gate Golf Club hosting in Orlando. This semester’s match was a nail-biter right to the last putt. I Cup TeamA 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.

2 point lead was the name of the game in Orlando and Temecula. Temecula students retained the cup with a two point lead that turned into a 13 point victory over the faculty’s 11. Orlando students held tightly onto their lead as well, taking home the cup with a 10 to 8 win over the faculty.
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.

Temecula Students: 13

Temecula Faculty: 11

Orlando Students: 10

Orlando Faculty: 8

Hilton Head Students: 7

Hilton Head Faculty: 17