Students, alumni participate in Orlando 2014 PGA Merchandise Show
For the sixth consecutive year EKU’s PGA Golf Management program participated in the 2014 PGA Merchandising Show. Some 12 students from the PGM program traveled to Orlando, Fl., to attend the tradeshow from January 20– 23.
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.
Students representing the EKU PGA Golf Management program included:
- Seth Brewer (freshman), Frenchburg, KY
- Tyler Collet (freshman), Cross Lanes, WV
- Ross Holtsclaw (freshman), Fort Wayne, IN
- Ray Moehlman (freshman), Edgewood, KY
- Brandon Bisceglia (junior), Middlesboro, KY
- Chris Ducharme (junior), Louisville, KY
- Ryan Mitchell (junior), Paducah, KY
- Jared Schimmels (junior), Frankfort, KY
- Carson Stone (junior), Lexington, KY
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 major still maintains 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 on Thursday, January 20. 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.
EKU’s President Dr. Michael Benson and Dr. Ed Davis, Associate Dean of the EKU's School of Applied Arts and Technology, also attended the Orlando event. While attending the trade show President Benson tweeted a picture with the PGA Golf Management staff stating, “Very proud of our EKU PGM program, one of only 19 PGA sanctioned in the entire US.”
- article by Andrew J. Stofleth, Student Assistant
EKU College of Business and Technology
Mr. Tyler Caviness
Published on January 24, 2014