Do you love golf as much as we do? Would you like to continue to be around the sport for years to come? If so then you should look at making golf your career. The PGA Golf Management program is a great avenue for students to earn a college degree all while working their way through the PGA of America's certification to become a PGA Member. We have a number of successful PGA Golf Management graduates in Colorado and we are very lucky to have a PGM school in the state – UCCS in Colorado Springs. We have asked several Colorado natives who grew up playing junior golf in Colorado about their PGM experience.
The JGAC caught up with Josh Troyer, PGA, a UCCS graduate, PGA Member and Colorado Springs, CO native. Josh is the Head Golf Professional at Greeley Country Club in Greeley, CO. We asked Josh a few questions about his PGM experience and here is what he had to say:
Tell us about your competitive junior golf background in Colorado. What associations' events did you participate in, what major events did you play in?
“I didn't start playing competitive golf until my freshman year of high school. I played 4 years of varsity golf for Sand Creek High School.”
Why did you choose the PGM Program at UCCS?
“Proximity to home. My family lives in Colorado Springs and I was able to spend some more time with them while I was going to school. I love the city of Colorado Springs and felt very comfortable attending school there.”
What is your overall impression of the PGM Program at UCCS?
“I really enjoyed my experience at UCCS. I think the program is very beneficial to anyone who is looking to get involved in the golf industry. The hands on experience I was able to receive through my 3 internships and the connections within the industry I was able to generate were extremely valuable. The business classes as well as my 4 year business degree have served me well throughout my time in the golf industry. This is the only route I would recommend for anyone looking to pursue a career in the golf industry.”
In your opinion, what are the major benefits of attending the UCCS PGM Program?
“The connections you make whether it be with fellow students, faculty, or employers is the most beneficial. These connections I was able to create have allowed me to further my career. I've also met some great people and friends simply because of the time I spent in the PGM (program) at UCCS. The work experience you are able to get is also extremely beneficial. Many other programs in college do not provide you with the opportunities to work with and learn from some of the top professionals in your field. The PGM (program) does just that. By providing students with the experience as well as the education, students are able to begin their careers with a head start on the process to becoming better PGA Professionals.”
How did the UCCS PGM Program prepare you for your career in the golf industry?
“The program gave me a lot of valuable tools for my career that I continue to use today. The basic knowledge was extremely helpful and gave me a foundation to build upon as I learned more and more. Some of the systems and templates that I learned while in the program, I'm still able to draw from and utilize today. The study habits I got from preparing for checkpoints are some that I still use to this day. The connections that I made while I was in the program are also helpful and allow me to stay up to date on industry happenings as well as keep me informed of any openings or opportunities that may be coming available.”
Why should junior golfers in Colorado consider going to the UCCS PGM Program?
“Being able to build a career around the game of golf is fantastic. The ability to show up to work at beautiful facilities, work outdoors, and surround yourself with other people who share similar passions makes coming to work each day that much easier. There are so many options as far as career fields within the golf industry. There is something for everyone and the PGM Program showcases that.”
What advice would you give to a junior golfer considering the PGM Program at UCCS?
“Check it out. See for yourself the offerings the staff and program will provide for you. The campus is fantastic, the views are incredible, the weather is much better than people think, and the program is top notch. If you like the game of golf and enjoy being around it as much as I do, there won't be another program that makes any sense to pursue.”
To learn more about the UCCS PGM Program in Colorado Springs, CO, Click Here.