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Justin Barroner


  • B.S.: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management, Professional Golf Concentration, Penn State
  • Graduate Certificate in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration: California University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.: Sport Management Studies, California University of Pennsylvania


Mr. Barroner came to California University in 2005 to help develop and grow the University's professional golf management program. Since this time, he has helped build an internship program that highlights more than 200 facilities across the country including Congressional Country Club (host of the 1997 and 2011 U.S. Open Championships), Crooked Stick Golf Club (host of the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (host of the 2003-2006 PGA Tour 84 Lumber Classic), and The Broadmoor Resort (host of the 2008 U.S. Senior Open and 2011 U.S. Women's Open). Mr. Barroner also coached the Cal U men's golf team in 2006 and 2007, leading them to their first tournament win since the team's inception in 2005.

In January of 2008, Mr. Barroner was named as director of the professional golf management program. Mr. Barroner also received the 2008 and 2009 Tri-State PGA, Horton Smith Award for his outstanding and continuing contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for current and aspiring Professional Golfers' Association golf professionals.

Prior to coming to California University, he worked at Woodmont Country Club, an exclusive private country club located just outside Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw the golf shop operations and provided golf instruction to more than 100 different students completing more than 400 hours of instruction each year.

Mr. Barroner also worked as a golf professional at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Fla.; Huntingdon Valley Country Club in Philadelphia, Pa.; Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del.; and The Penn State Golf Courses in State College, Pa. During his experiences, he worked with Todd Anderson, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructor, at The Breakers Resort, and under Jack Connelly, president of the PGA of America 2000-2002.

At Cal U, he is on the Internship Faculty Advisory Board and the Career Services Advisory Board, and he is a Career Advantage Plan faculty representative.

Mr. Barroner grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pa., and received his undergraduate education at Penn State University in the professional golf management program. He was also a member of the Schreyers Honors College at Penn State and completed a thesis on employee motivation. During this time, he worked to earn his PGA membership. In order to earn this prestigious membership, he spent five years studying all aspects of the game of golf.

Currently, Justin lives in Charleroi, Pa., with his wife, Meghan. Other than golf, Justin enjoys water and snow skiing, jet skiing, traveling, and training Denali, his yellow Labrador retriever.


  • Introduction to Professional Golf Management
  • Teaching of Golf I
  • Golf Shop Management
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Teaching Golf II
  • Professional Golf Management Internship I, II and III
  • Professional Golf Management Player Development Program

Professional Affiliations and Service Learning Projects

  • Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America - Tri-State PGA Section Professional
  • Member of the 2005 and 2008 PGA of America President's Council for growing the game of golf.
  • Barroner and the Professional Golf Management Student Society coordinate a fund-raising golf tournament each year - "Tee-It-Up Fore Tots" - for the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Sport Management
  • B.S. Sport Management-Professional Golf Management

Contact Information



Gallagher Hall 215


"The best part of my job is clearly the day-to-day interactions with the students in the PGM program.  Working with students on class materials, helping to enhance the opportunities and activities of the PGM Student Society, exploring possible internship experiences, and providing golf instruction through the Player Development Program are just some of the activities which give me a charge each day." 

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