The President's Cup
Top students at all three PGCC campuses welcomed the President's Cup Tournament this week. In Temecula the competition was played at the beautiful Legends Golf Club, with the Hilton Head and Orlando competitions taking place at the Oldfield Golf Club, and Champion’s Gate Golf Club, respectively.
Played in Ryder Cup format, the “P Cup” allows each student to compete against the faculty, a considerable challenge, even for the best of the best. The "P Cup" is just one of several tournaments engaging students in healthy competition, and exposing them to the rules of match play format that directly emulate the Ryder Cup style.
Now that the chips have fallen, with one point awarded for every hole gained and a half point awarded for every hole tied, it is the faculty who came out ahead at each campus.
2 days of competition brought staff and faculty scores a total of:
Temecula Faculty – 12
Temecula Students - 6
Hilton Head Faculty – 10
Hilton Head Students – 2
Orlando Faculty – 7
Orlando Students - 5
Congratulations to both teams, and best of luck to the next group of brave students to take on PGCC’s formidable faculty.
PGCC Plays the Nation's Best Courses
Practice makes perfect, nowhere is the truth of this adage more evident than in the game of golf. Nowhere in the world does a student have as many opportunities, and places, to practice their game, than at the Professional Golfers Career College. PGCC students have been playing five days a week on some of the nation’s premier golf courses since it was founded in 1990 because, after all, the pursuit of the perfect game is never ending.
At our beautiful Southern California campus, located in Temecula, California, students play the SCGA Golf Course. Designed by renowned architect and course designer, Robert Trent Jones, the SCGA course does not disappoint. Featuring Jones’ signature bunkers, beautifully sculpted to complement the greens, the course is both challenging and stunning. When students want to play a different kind of grass, they head to Diamond Valley Golf Club, a popular choice. Outfitted with Bermuda grass, an uncommon grass in Southern California, Diamond Valley provides students an opportunity to craft a well-rounded game.
Temecula students also have the unique luxury of playing at The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills. Acquired in 2011, The Legends Golf Club is more than a premier course, featuring a fully loaded Pro Shop and Grill Room, it is also a hands on learning facility. According to PGCC President and Founder, Dr. Tim Somerville, “It has always been a clear goal to have a school where students can participate fully in their education and learning process, and now they’re absolutely going to be able to do that.”
The 6,600 yard course is a classic, designed by Ted Robinson, it features five lakes and numerous doglegs that challenge every golfer, and every PGCC student. "Doc" as he is affectionately referred to, continues, “We’ll be the only 2 year college that owns and operates their own golf course.” At The Legends Golf Club students get “hands-on work in every capacity” so when they graduate with their 2-year degree in Professional Golf Management, in addition to learning the basics in class, they’ll all be equipped with invaluable practical experience.
In Orlando, Florida, PGCC is located on the grounds of Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge, so it goes without saying that students don’t just learn here, they play here as well. OCN, home of the 2005 PGA Tour Q-School Finals, features Panther Lake, a course awarded 4 ½ Stars by Golf Digest and rated by Golf Magazine as a Top Ten Course. Panther Lake has also been home to the 2001 PGA Tour Qualifier. Another member of the OCN family is Crooked Cat, has been awarded 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest, and was home to the 2002 PGA Tour Qualifier.
Hilton Head students play on some of the finest championship courses in the Hilton Head area, including the Palmetto Hall Plantation. The two 18-hole courses, built by Arthur Hills and Robert Cupp respectively were instantly dubbed a classic by Golf Magazine, rating it one of America's Top 10 new courses. Cupp, Golf World's former Architect of the Year, has garnered high praise for the course's flexibility, sound shot values and impeccable year-round conditioning.
Year-round, and across the country, the Professional Golfers Career College is committed to ensuring that students play the best courses every single day. After all, if you ask any great golfer how they got so good, they will all tell you the same thing; practice makes perfect.
PGCC Is Gateway to Bachelor's DegreeThe Professional Golfers Career College is thrilled to join the University of Wisconsin-Stout in offering graduates a unique chance to further advance their golf education. Through this partnership, golf college graduates have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Golf Enterprise Management, through UW-Stout’s online GEM program.
So why was PGCC selected to partner with UW stout in offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? The answer is simple, GEM Program Director, Kris Schoonover, notes that PGCC offers “excellent facilities with a very professional approach by faculty, staff, and students in an applied learning environment.” She continues, “The faculty and staff associated with PGCC, working professionals attached to the golf industry, provide excellent understanding of the challenges and rewards of the golf industry.” President and founder of PGCC, Dr. Tim Somerville shares in Schoonover’s excitement, “This is such a tremendous opportunity for our students. Because of this program they’re able to continue working, developing their career, and earn a Bachelor’s degree at the same time. It’s a win-win.”
Students can experience the program in two different spheres; on campus, which features a more traditional campus experience, or online. Those who choose to pursue their degree online can participate at the pace and schedule which best suits them, leaving room for work, family and other responsibilities. Distance learning also offers the chance to interact with classmates and faculty that span the globe, and bring along their unique backgrounds and experiences. All GEM students receive professional instruction from UW-Stout faculty, and financial assistance is available, including dedicated GEM scholarships.
Schoonover maintains, “The intention of the degree program is to provide skilled management leaders for golf businesses, in particular, management leaders for golf course facilities.” She also shares that “this four-year degree program was developed in close consultation with key leaders throughout the golf industry, to include representatives from the PGA, LPGA, GCSAA, and most importantly our own National Golf Course Owner’s Association.” It is worth mentioning that the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the development of this degree since its inception in 2005.
Schoonover’s vision and goals are clear, “The mission of the program is to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education with emphases on business, marketing, customer service, food, beverage, and retail management, in addition to content specific to the management of golf facilities such as turf management and golf operations.” And has that mission been accomplished? In a word...absolutely.
The GEM program has been the fastest growing program in the history of the university, enrollment in the program quickly grew to about 200 students. To date, 74 students have graduated with the GEM degree, and 96% of those graduates are employed. PGCC has exceptional credit transferability; over 60 of our 72 credits are transferable. At the end of the program, students will receive a University of Wisconsin - Stout degree, and be further along on their quest to be a future leader in the world of golf.