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EKU PGA/GM Girls of Golf

l-r: Deaton, Goda, Giacchini, Nussbaum, Anderson, Henry, Morris, Hale

It used to be a man’s game, but now it is most certainly a woman’s world.

At least, it is for the young women of EKU’s Professional Golf Management program.

PGM is a Professional Golf Association accredited program here at Eastern Kentucky University- one of only 19 in the entire nation. It requires rigorous study of various topics, including marketing, sales, and even horticulture. The program trains its 114 participants to be the best in the golf business; out of those 114 students, ten are females.

These ten exceptional young women are:

  • Taylor Anderson, a freshman from Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Whitney Deaton, a junior from Nicholasville, Kentucky
  • Kendra Frazier, a junior from Stow, Ohio
  • Stefanie Giacchini, a junior from Richmond, Kentucky
  • Michelle Goda, a sophomore from Plainfield, Indiana
  • Kaitlyn Hale, a freshman from Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Nicole “Nicki” Henry, a senior from Chagrin Falls, Ohio
  • Ciera Miller, a sophomore from Bay Village, Ohio
  • Emily Morris, a sophomore from Columbus, Indiana
  • Lynette Nussbaum, a junior from Burlington, Kentucky

Ms. Kim Kincer, one of the girls’ mentors, explained her own unique background. “I’ve been a golf professional since 1986. I was in golf operations after graduating from college, and then a job opportunity opened up at Methodist College to coach Women’s Golf and to teach PGA Golf Management. That was my first experience teaching and with golf management programs.”

Things have progressed for Ms. Kincer ever since. Now a proud member of EKU, she helps other women develop their passion for the same sport, and guides them in turning that passion into a career.

Nicki Henry echoes this sentiment. “I wanted to give back to the game that’s been so good to me,” she said when asked why she chose to develop her interest into a lifelong job.

Stefanie Giacchini added, “I started at 10, and I just had a passion for it. I wanted to make a career of it; I had the option to play for smaller schools, but I didn’t want it all to be over in four years.”

The demand for female employees within the golfing industry is actually very high. The reasoning for this is that the PGA is looking to expand its target audience; specifically, the PGA is looking to market their sport to women. Currently, only 19 percent of golf players nationwide are female. They want to change that. How to do this? Hire more women to teach women, sell to women, and serve women on the courses.

Ms. Kincer elaborated. “There’s certainly a demand for females. There are only ten girls in our program; we can’t meet the demand of employers. There aren’t enough women across the country to fill the positions available.”

Whitney Deaton agreed. “There are some internships that prefer women, absolutely.”

The PGM program at EKU is trying to bridge the gap. “We have a women’s-only brochure, we go to women’s regional and state golf tournaments, and we do mailing lists.” Ms. Kincer said. “Unfortunately, there are no female-specific scholarships for the PGM program at this time. However, there aren’t any specific scholarships for any golf student.”

If interested in the PGM program, contact Ms. Kim Kincer at kim.kincer@eku.edu.

-written by McKenna Bowling, Student Assistant
Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

Contact Information

Ms. Kim Kincer
kim.kincer@eku.edu
859-622-4976

Published on October 31, 2014

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