A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Tyler Caviness began his career at EKU during the summer of 2009. Mr. Caviness earned a B.S. in Business Administration with Concentrations in Professional Golf Management and Resort Management from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After completing his undergraduate education, Mr. Caviness began his career as an assistant professional at Marriott’s Seaview Resort & Spa in Galloway, New Jersey and worked in several positions including tournament coordinator and golf sales coordinator. Throughout his career, he has spent time at Doral Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida and Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado. Mr. Caviness earned his MBA from EKU in 2012 and is a Certified PGA Professional.
Kim Kincer, a native of Lexington, KY, has been Director of PGA Golf Management at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) since August of 2005. EKU is one of 18 universities accredited by the PGA of America, and Kincer was the first female to direct a program.
Before EKU, Kincer spent eight years as Associate/Assistant Director of PGM at Methodist University. Kincer coached Methodist University’s Women’s Golf team to five consecutive NCAA Division III National Championships, was NCAA National Coach of the Year (2001), 3-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year, and a 4-time Golfweek Collegiate Coach of the Year. Kincer was inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2012.
A golf professional since 1986, and eight years as Head Golf Professional for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Parks and Recreation Department, she is a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division. Her committee service includes the LPGA Club Professional Advisory Committee; the PGA of America National Education Committee; the PGA of America National Education Task Force and the PGA of America National Scholarship Committee.
She has also served as a university accreditation/evaluation team member for the PGA of America. Following a B.A. degree in Communication Arts with a Journalism concentration from the University of Cincinnati where she was a 4-year letter winner on the Lady Bearcat Golf team, she completed a M.S. degree, Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University. Kincer wrote a chapter entitled “Coach-Athlete Relations” for She Can Coach (2005) and contributed to the LPGA Business Manual.
A native of Perrysburg, Ohio, Ross Lingenfelder was hired as Player Development Coordinator in August of 2009. Before joining the PGA Golf Management staff at EKU, Ross was employed as a PGA assistant golf professional at the historic Inverness Club in Toledo, Oh. A classic Donald Ross design, Inverness Club has hosted nine major championships and currently ranks No. 40 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses.
Mr. Lingenfelder is a 2006 graduate of Methodist College in Fayetteville, N. C., where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. He was elected to PGA membership on February 13, 2007.
Mr. Lingenfelder has had the privilege to learn from some of the nation’s best golf professionals including David S. Graf, PGA Master Professional at Inverness Club, and Dick Wilson, PGA Director of Golf at The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Fl. Mr. Lingenfelder has a passion for teaching and club fitting and is continuing his education in these fields of study.
A native of Florence, Ky., Austin Molen began his career during the summer of 2017. Mr. Molen is an alumnus of EKU, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a concentration in PGA Golf Management. Throughout his experience in the PGA Golf Management Program, Mr. Molen was employed at TPC Southwind, Summit Hills Country Club, North Texas PGA Section and the New England PGA Section.
After completing his undergraduate education, Mr. Molen began his career at the PGA of America Headquarters in which he worked on behalf of the PGA Golf Management University Programs. Mr. Molen was elected to PGA membership in February, 2017.