The International 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. 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.
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
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.