PGM Students Participate in 2017 PGA Merchandise Show
For the eleventh consecutive year EKU’s PGA Golf Management program participated in the PGA Merchandising Show. Several students from the PGM program traveled to Orlando, Fl., to attend the tradeshow from January 22-27.
The PGA Merchandising Show is the largest tradeshow dedicated to a single sport. Approximately 1,000 major industry brands were represented, including companies like Nike, Titleist, and TaylorMade.
At the Merchandising Show students and staff maximized their networking opportunities, boasting 30 new connections with potential employers in addition to previous ones. “The networking opportunities at the PGA Merchandising Show are immeasurable for students and staff,” remarked Tyler Caviness, EKU's Program Coordinator. "These networking opportunities play a critical role in how the PGA golf Management program maintains nearly 100 percent job placement among graduates to date."
During the event students could attend free informational sessions offered by industry professionals. These seminars provided students access to knowledge and valued insight outside of EKU’s required curriculum on a variety of industry-related topics. These sessions focused on categories of leadership, player development, retail, and teaching and coaching.
Students also participated in mentor lunches where they dined with PGA board directors and past presidents. Students engaged in conversation with some of the most prominent figures from prestigious PGA tournaments of recent years. “This was a very unique opportunity for our students,” commented Caviness.
A reception was hosted for EKU PGA/GM Alumni during the week. More than 20 alumni reconnected with former classmates and networked with current students on the numerous career options that would be available to them in the near future.
Mr. Tyler Caviness
Published on January 28, 2017