August 6, 2008 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center
The name says it all. New Mexico State University’s Professional Golf Management program has long been one of a limited number of programs accredited by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Now, the program will share the PGA’s name, becoming the NMSU PGA Golf Management program. The name change ensures students their program is fully accredited and endorsed by the PGA.
“The PGA endorsement makes all the difference in the world,” said Pat Gavin, director of NMSU’s PGA Golf Management program.
The PGA Golf Management program is a 4.5-year curriculum for aspiring PGA professionals. It includes an internship and player ability test. Gavin pointed out that not every university with a professional golf management program has the PGA accreditation.
“Some kids might expect that endorsement when they see a program called professional golf management. That’s why NMSU and the other accredited schools are now using the actual PGA logo and letters. As a whole, it’s just a matter of protecting the name.”
NMSU’s program became only the third in the nation to be endorsed by the PGA of America in 1987. Today, 20 universities have professional golf management programs endorsed by the PGA.
The program currently has 200 students, including 50 incoming freshmen. Gavin said PGA Golf Management students have a 100 percent job placement rate after they graduate. He also credits NMSU’s large alumni networking base for helping former NMSU graduates continue to find jobs long after they leave the university.