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EKU PGA Golf Management Travels to Orlando 2016 Merchandise Show

EKU Alumni Night with President Benson

For the tenth consecutive year EKU’s PGA Golf Management program participated in the 2016 PGA Merchandising Show. Some 23 students from the PGM program traveled to Orlando, Fl., to attend the tradeshow from January 27–29.

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:

  • Tyler Beveridge (JR), Norwalk, OH
  • Seth Brewer (JR), Frenchburg, KY
  • Cash Cameron (JR), Prospect, KY
  • Tyler Corder (SR), Brownsburg, IN
  • Whitney Deaton (SR), Nicholasville, KY
  • Jason Duckworth (SR), Pickerington, OH
  • Anthony Fiorenza (JR), West Chester, OH
  • Ethan Fisher (SO), Centennial, CO
  • Matt Fraser (SR), Grove City, OH
  • Michelle Goda (JR), Plainfield, IN
  • Ross Holtsclaw (JR), Fort Wayne, IN
  • Konnor Kimmel (SR), Columbus, IN
  • Alex McCarter (JR), Gahanna, OH
  • Colt Messer (SR), Nicholasville, KY
  • Matt Michalak (SR), Hilliard, OH
  • Austin Molen (SR), Florence, KY
  • Lynette Nussbaum (SR), Burlington, KY
  • Ian Rakowski (SR), Chicago, IL
  • Sean Rea (SR), Chicago Heights, IL
  • Logan Riley (JR), Cottage Grove, WI
  • Nick Rossoll (JR), Georgetown, KY
  • Shaun Watson (SR), Grove City, OH
  • Garrett Wisniewski (SR), Dyer, IN

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 on Wednesday, January 27. 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. Tom Erekson, Dean of the EKU's College of Business and Technology, also attended the Orlando event. While attending the trade show President Benson tweeted a picture with the PGA Golf Management staff stating, “Really proud of all our @EKUPGAGolfMgt grads who now work at some of America's finest courses & rep #EKU so well!”

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Published on February 01, 2016

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