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PGA Golf Management

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Vision Statement

The PGA Golf Management program at Eastern Kentucky University will be recognized and respected as one of the leading PGA Golf Management program in the nation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the PGA Golf Management University Program is to recruit diverse and talented students to develop them into committed professionals by providing a comprehensive and progressive educational program. Students will gain valuable work experience and enhanced playing and teaching skills, while fostering a sense of community through the game of golf, with the goal of producing industry-ready PGA members.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all EKU, CoB, and PGA Golf Management requirements.
  • Complete PGA Testing and Seminars.
  • Complete 16 months of approved Cooperative Education experiences.
  • Pass the PGA Playing Ability Test.
  • Attend two national workshops hosted by PGA of America.

Academic Guidelines

Students must follow the Academic Procedures and Regulations of the University as well as those in the College of Business.

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Admission Criteria

All PGA Golf Management admission materials will be reviewed as they are received. Eastern Kentucky University recommends that interested applicants visit campus and meet with the PGA GM staff prior to attending.

In addition to applying to Eastern Kentucky University, students wishing to enroll in the PGA Golf Management Program must complete the following three items to be accepted:

  1. Submit the EKU PGA Golf Management Application.
  2. Have a golf handicap of twelve (12) or lower. This may be verified by submitting a USGA Handicap Card OR Handicap Verification Form signed by a PGA Member or Golf Coach.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a PGA Professional or Golf Coach that can be sent by email to Ross Lingenfelder or mailed to our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you require a USGA Handicap to apply to the PGA Golf Management program?
In order to be accepted into the program, you must obtain a golfing handicap of 12 or less. You do NOT need an official USGA Handicap to apply to the PGA Golf Management program. If you do not have an official handicap, you must have a PGA Professional or golf coach verify your playing ability (of a 12 golf handicap or lower) by completing this form.

2. How does EKU differ from other PGA Golf Management Universities?
One key difference among the 18 total PGA Golf Management Universities is the degree major associated to their PGA Golf Management program. At EKU, students receive a Bachelor’s in Marketing from an AACSB Accredited School of Business. We believe Marketing is a strong major to have as a future golf professional and is versatile skill set both in and outside of golf. Students gain a business mindset and perspective that allows them to improve the facility or organization they work for.

3. How do I apply to EKU?
While applying to the University, you also need to apply to the PGA Golf Management program, by submitting the following materials: PGM Application, Handicap verification, and letter of recommendation.

4. What is the cost to attend EKU?
For in-state students, students can expect a yearly cost of $23,704 (estimated) which includes all room and meals as well as fees and some personal costs.

The Out-of-State Discount Program offers undergraduate students a great opportunity as students can often attend EKU for less than attending many schools in your home state. Merit scholarships for Out-of-State students can be found on the EKU Scholarships site.

These costs do not include the many scholarship opportunities that are offered at EKU. More information about scholarships offered through EKU is found on the EKU Scholarships site.

There is an additional cost of $1050 per semester for PGA Golf Management students that include all PGA Tests, full golf course and practice facility access, PGA Seminars, tournament program, and player development program. This cost is added to the tuition so that payment for each of these items do not have to be made individually.

5. What facilities will you have access to as a student?
Our students have access to a wide variety of technology and facilities. These are available to improve your game as well as train you on the technologies, so you become a proficient golf instructor.

Technology includes the SAM Putt Lab, Simulator, V1 Swing Analysis, TrackMan launch monitor, Tournament Software, and full golf alteration and repair lab.

Facilities include the PGM office space that houses many of the technologies, The Colonel Golf and Learning center which includes a driving range, putting green, and short-game area. Students also have 7 day a week access to the private golf club, The University Club at Arlington.

6. Can I play on the golf team as well as major in PGA Golf Management program?
It is possible to do both the PGM program in addition to the EKU Men’s or Women’s golf team. However, it takes a player with a competitive playing average of around par or better (typically 72 or lower) in addition to being a strong student to balance all requirements and schoolwork.

Interested students should contact:

EKU’S PGA Golf Management program has a tournament program that conducts more than 30 tournaments each academic year, allowing students to continue their competitive golf career. These tournaments include: weekly 9-hole events and four (4) PGM “Majors” that are 36-hole tournaments held on weekends.

7. What job opportunities do I have in golf?
Our program’s graduates have 100% job placement. Common careers in golf as a PGA Professional include but are not limited to: employed at a golf course as an assistant or head professional, general manager, golf instructor giving lessons, PGA Section or Golf Association to run tournaments, golf club manufacturer and many more. Our internship program prepares and aligns students for any path they would like to pursue in golf.

8. Where will I live on campus?
As a student in the PGA Golf Management program, you have the opportunity to live in a Living and Learning Community (LLC) in which you will live with fellow PGM students. The PGM LLC is in Martin Hall.

9. How many students are in each class and total in program?
EKU’s program has an average of 90-100 total students with usually about 80 of those being on-campus. Each cohort has an average size of 20-30 students. EKU has an average of 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio allowing for small class sizes.

10. Are International students eligible to enter the EKU PGA Golf Management program?
Yes, international students are eligible to complete all PGA PGM requirements and apply for PGA of America Membership upon successfully graduating from an accredited PGA Golf Management University Program. To be eligible for membership, an individual must meet all application and Bylaw requirements for election in addition to all EKU graduation requirements.

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Transfer Students (PGA Golf Management)

PGM staff will tailor a plan based on where you are in your academic career. Students wishing to transfer to the EKU’s PGA Golf Management program must meet the above admission requirements. A student admitted to the PGA Golf Management program may transfer up to 64 credit hours and will be placed into the freshman cohort group. A student transferring from another PGA Golf Management program will remain in the same cohort in which they were enrolled at their previous college or university.

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International Students

International students are eligible to complete all PGA PGM requirements and apply for PGA of America Membership upon successfully graduating from an accredited PGA Golf Management University Program. To be eligible for membership, an individual must meet all application and Bylaw requirements for election.

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Directions to Arlington

From I-75 South:

  1. Take Exit 90A (Richmond/Irvine)
  2. Merge on Lexington Rd. (US 25/421 South)
  3. Make a right at the light (#16) onto Lexington Rd./W. Main St. (US 25 South)
  4. Club entrances are on the right. First entrance is for DINING only. For golf, swimming, tennis, or other functions, please use the second entrance.

From I-75 North:

  1. Take Exit 90 (Richmond/Irvine)
  2. Turn right at the light on to Lexington Rd. (US 25/421 South)
  3. Make a right at the light (#16) onto Lexington Rd./W. Main St. (US 25 South)
  4. Club entrances are on the right. First entrance is for DINING ONLY. For golf, swimming, tennis, or other functions, please us the second entrance.

Directions to EKU's PGA/GM Office

From South-bound I-75

Get off at Exit 87 and turn Left.

You will then be on the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) By-Pass.

Cross back over the Interstate. Drive approximately 1 mile and turn RIGHT at Light #5 onto Lancaster Avenue.

Proceed about 100 yards and turn LEFT onto Hall Drive. Take the round-about, and turn left into the circle parking lot.

From North-bound I-75:

Get off at Exit 87 and turn Right.

You will then be on the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) By-Pass.

Drive approximately 1 mile and turn RIGHT at Light #5 onto Lancaster Avenue.

Proceed about 100 yards and turn LEFT onto Hall Drive.

Go around the round-about take a right, and then turn right into the parking lot.

We are located on the LL (Lake Level) in Room 084. Enter the building, go down one flight of stairs, and turn left. Proceed to end of hallway and make a left before the exit doors. Take hallway all the way until it dead ends into the PGA Golf Management office.

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Mr. Joshua S. Wallin

Mr. Joshua Wallin, PGA
Administrative Affairs Coordinator

Email joshua.wallin@eku.edu
Office BTC 084
Phone 859.622.4976

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Mr. Ross Lingenfelder

Mr. Ross Lingenfelder, PGA
Senior Lecturer
PGA Golf Management Player Development Coordinator

Email ross.lingenfelder@eku.edu
Office BTC 088
Phone 859.622.4976

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