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Graduate to Golf Course – Pitch Riley Reflects on Time at the College of Natural Resources

Pitch Riley golfing.

New alumnus, Pitch Riley, graduated in December of 2018 from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a degree in PGA Golf Management. Below, he reflects on his time in the College of Natural Resources and the unique program he felt fortunate to participate in.

What are your plans after graduation? Do you have a job lined up?

I will be taking a position as a Golf Professional at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY.

How has the College of Natural Resources impacted you and prepared you for your first job?

The College of Natural Resources has thoroughly prepared me for my first job in the golf industry. Completing the PGA Golf Management curriculum, including our 16-month Co-Op program, has all of our graduates ready for our first jobs.

What kind of research or other hands-on/in-the-field learning did you participated in?

Our Co-Op program provides tremendous opportunity to learn on the job. We also offer a plethora of volunteer and training opportunities through our PGA Golf Management Student Organization.

What’s your favorite memory from your time at the College of Natural Resources?

It would be impossible to pick one memory from my 5 years in the College of Natural Resources. I have been so fortunate to excel in our program and have a ton of fun along the way!

What was your favorite class at the College of Natural Resources? Why?

My favorite class at the College of Natural Resources was PRT 212- Instructor Development. This was a golf-specific teaching course that allowed me to further study I am really interested in.

Tell us about a faculty member who influenced you.

My biggest influence was our Internship Coordinator, Mr. Andy Betz. Andy was a fantastic resource for me and continues to serve our students everyday. Andy’s effort and advice allowed me to truly reach my potential as a student in our program.

What advice would you give incoming freshmen?

Set high goals and surround yourself with people who will help you reach them!