Our March Growth & Development meeting featured the current Vice President of the PGA of America. Suzy Whaley is the first female Vice-President and soon to be President of the PGA of America. She shared stories about how she started in golf, what she’s experienced since being elected to Secretary and VP, and information about the future of the PGA. We thoroughly enjoyed her visit!
Alum, Kyle Earley, who works for GolfNOW, sponsored a tour of the Golf Channel Headquarters for our students attending the PGA Merchandise Show this year! Students were able to see Studio A where the Golf Channel films Morning Drive, School of Golf, etc., as well as control rooms, news rooms, and Arnold Palmer memorabilia. We’re looking to make this a yearly occurrence for our future students!
Steve Houg has certainly left a legacy in our PGA Golf Management program. Not only has he opened up long-standing internship opportunities at Interlachen Country Club and worked at Seminole Golf Club, but he is currently the Head Golf Professional at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY. Having Nathan Ollhoff and Bob Ford as mentors during his early career, Steve knows the value of helping those younger than him. He’s been a mentor to many of our current students and young alumni, and he continues to support the program in any way he can. NC State Alumni Magazine caught up with Steve to write a piece on him in the Fall 2017 Edition.
Student Services Coordinator, Gabriella Sinkovic, and our three female PGA Golf Management students recently traveled to Pinehurst, NC this November. They attended PGA Magazine’s Women Leaders Platform Meeting at Pine Needles Golf Resort. Multiple female PGA members from North Carolina were in attendance to talk about best practices and to network amongst each other.
Our five top golfers from the semester qualified to represent our program in the PGA Jones Cup in Port St. Lucie, FL. Our team golf bags, personalized team headcovers, and practice round shirts were made by Stitch Golf, a high-end golf accessory company headquartered in Cary, NC. Day 1 and Day 2 shirts were made by Peter Millar, also headquartered in Raleigh/Durham, NC. Our relatively young team didn’t play as well as they would’ve hoped, but we were definitely well equipped in the fashion department!
The junior class has taken many field trips this semester to local teaching facilities including Prestonwood Country Club’s Learning Center and GolfTEC in Cary, NC. Our very own Lonnie Poole Golf Course has quite a facility for club fitting and building because of our very own Master Club Fitter, Daniel Spurling. Representatives from Topgolf Charlotte also came to speak to our students about unique job opportunities within the company.
Two PGA Golf Management sophomores co-coordinated our Annual Career Fair this October at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Facility representatives from Billy Casper Golf, Baltimore Country Club, Lie + Loft, MacGregor Downs, Pinehurst Resort, Prestonwood Country Club, Stitch Golf, Toll Brothers, and TPC Network were in attendance for our students to meet and interview. Local alumni were invited to have lunch with our current students and share their experiences from the industry!
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.
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!