PGM Student Society
The Cal U PGM Student Society is a vital component of the PGM Program at Cal U. The PGM Student Society enables students to participate in a variety of activities that enhance their professional development outside of the classroom.
addition to running weekly tournaments for PGM students, our PGM Student
Society also conducts a speaker series during its monthly business meetings,
bringing golf industry leaders to campus for insightful and enlightening talks.
The PGM Student Society also coordinates an annual trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.
PGA Merchandise Show Trip
The PGM Student Society coordinates an annual week-long trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, one of the largest annual conventions of any industry in North America. The PGM Student Society subsidizes student attendance at the PGA Show.
The PGA Merchandise show is only open to those affiliated with the golf industry. Typical attendance is around 50,000..
Students who attend have the opportunity to learn about new products and network, meet and interview with potential internship sites and future employers. They can also attend educational seminars and conferences.
Students also typically conduct a hotly-contested PGM two person better-ball tournament at the Grand Cypress Resort prior to the beginning of the show.
PGM Society Tournaments
Every year, PGM students elect a tournament coordinator who organizes and runs weekly PGM Student Society tournaments in the fall and spring.
These tournaments include:
- match play events to determine the year's PGM Student Society Champion,
- qualifying stroke play tournaments for the Club Team that competes in local and regional NCAA competition,
- informal two-person events and scrambles.
These tournaments provide a variety of opportunities for students to hone their skills in preparation for the PGA's Playing Ability Test. They also give students a chance to be outside and de-stress from their academic workload.
During the winter months, there are even simulator tournaments conducted in the warmth of Cal U's state of the art indoor practice facility.
Volunteering in the Community
The PGM Student Society is actively involved in giving back to the local community.
Each year, students plan, organize, and run the Cal U PGM Tee It Up Fore Tots Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds go to The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh and other worthwhile charities.
PGM Society members also give free golf lessons for community organizations such as
- The First Tee,
- The West Penn Deaf Golf Association,
- The Boy Scouts,and
- The Woodlands Foundation.
In addition, they have participated in "Grow the Game" initiatives such as Women's Golf Month and the LPGA-USGA Girls' Golf Clinics.
Recent Guest Speakers
- Mr. Ron Force, Golf Course Architect
- Mr. Jeff Rivard, Executive Director of West Penn Golf Association and USGA Rules Official
- Mr. Trevor Consavage, Professional Golf Entertainer
- Ms. Missie Berteotti, Former LPGA Tour Professional
- Mr. Billy Burke, Regional Footjoy Representative
- Dr. Rick Prough, TPI Certified Golf Chiropractor
- Mr. Alex Childs, Head Professional at Fox Chapel Golf Club
- Mr. Bob Ford, Head Professional at Oakmont Country Club
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