Several first year students volunteered with the 3rd Annual PNC Family Challenge Clinic at the Champions Tour SAS Championship in Cary, NC. After providing junior instruction for the two-hour clinic, our students were able to meet Sir Nick Faldo, who also helped with the Family Challenge Clinic during the Meet & Greet portion. They were able to teach him how to make the Wolfpack hand-sign!
KVest Representative, Jim Beadle, visited our students to teach them how to use the industry’s only human motion learning system. KVest 3D is a wearable biofeedback device that can be used anywhere to assess player characteristics and build a training program for each student. KVest is just one of many pieces of technology our students have access to in our program!
Luke Davis, a ’12 graduate, founded the golf art + design brand focused on connecting golf to the home. They’ve created topography prints and course layouts of famous golf courses as well as golf inspired prints, pennants, and photos for home design.
Rackley Rolls to Victory
Josh Rackley, a 2013 alumni from our program, recently won the 102nd MET Open at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, NJ. Josh is currently an Assistant Golf Professional at the Tam O’Shanter Club in Glen Head, NY. He posted a 6-under 207 to win by 2 shots and claim the $27,500 1st place payout. Other top honors include the 2016 Blaisdell Pro-Am at the Pennhills Club in Bradford, PA, the PGA Senior-Junior Championship (Jan. ’16) and the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic (May ’15).
Our newest staff member is definitely a familiar face! Gabriella Sinkovic recently joined the NC State PGA Golf Management staff as Student Services Coordinator, but she is also a graduate of our program! She graduated in the Fall of 2014 with the PGA Golf Management degree, a Business Administration minor, and as a Valedictorian. She held all leadership positions while in the program and was also a Chancellor’s Aide for Chancellor Woodson!
Most recently, she was a seasonal Assistant Golf Professional at Interlachen Country Club (MN), Riomar Country Club (FL), and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club (MD). Please join us in welcoming her back into the family!
Luke Davis, a 2012 graduate of our program, recently embarked on an exciting excursion in Spring of 2017. He and close friend, Pete Phipps, set out on a two week journey to golf and bike by day and camp out by night, traveling from Portland, Oregon to the Monterey Peninsula in California! Strapping their golf clubs to small trailers on their bikes, they traveled 800 miles over 14 days and played nine rounds of golf along the way, including rounds at famed courses like Bandon Dunes and Pacific Grove Golf Links. You may have seen their trip covered on Morning Drive. Read more!
Dirty Larry Golf
Not your average golf company! Have you heard of the Navigator Putting Aid? Well 2013 PGM Graduate, Dave Nastalski, along with his wife, Elyssa, and a former Lonnie Poole Golf Course starter named “Dirty Larry” started the company in March of 2013 to bring the Navigator training aid to life. Dirty Larry initially envisioned selling his putting aid out of the trunk of his Cadillac to teaching professionals to improve their teaching business. However, after receiving alarming amounts of positive feedback, he knew he really created something special.
Now numerous teaching professionals and PGA/LPGA Tour players are using the Navigator to improve their putting stroke or those of their students. Check it out here!
Altered Course Winners
Congratulations to our PGM Seniors, Anthony and Nicholas Capra, for winning the championship on Golf Channel’s “Altered Course.” This fast-paced series featured two-person teams that competed on extraordinary hole layouts exceeding 700 yards, while racing against time.