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Success Stories

We have been very fortunate in that we have achieved a 100% job placement rate since graduating our first class in 2009. We feel this is due to four factors:

  1. the required internships that are a critical component of our program,
  2. our focus on career development and the importance of networking and presenting a professional image (through course requirements, attendance at the PGA Show, and participation in our PGM Student Society meetings and Guest Speaker Series),
  3. the strength of our curriculum,
  4. the great students who come through our program!

This is just a small sample of a few of the places our graduates have worked and the positions they have held since graduation:


  • Jeremy Pell: First Assistant Professional at Ballyneal Golf and Hunt Club (CO); First Assistant Professional at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee (GA); Seasonal Assistant at The Estancia Club (AZ)
    Timothy Mooney: Assistant Professional at the Inverness Club (OH)
    Chad Yogan: First Assistant Professional at Hershey Country Club (PA)
    Josh Kokoska: Head Golf Professional at Greene County Country Club (PA)
    Wilson Henry: Assistant Professional at Sunningdale Country Club (NY); Seasonal Assistant at Marriott's The Rookery at Marco  (FL)


  • Matthew Holmes: Assistant Professional at Oakmont Country Club (PA)
    Ryan Wilhelm: Assistant Professional at The Wilderness at Fortune Bay (MN); Assistant Professional at Mississippi State Golf Course (MS)
    Zachary Bolland: First Assistant Professional at Olde Stonewall Resort (PA); Assistant Professional at Sankaty Head Golf Club (MA); Assistant Professional at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club (FL)
    Casey Cromwell: Assistant Professional at St. Clair Country Club (PA)
    Bryce Beach: First Assistant Professional at Trump National DC (VA) and Seasonal Assistant at Trump National Doral (FL)
    Mitchell Steelman: Assistant Professional at Sunnybrook Golf Club (PA); Seasonal Assistant at Ocean Reef Club (FL)

CLASS OF 2013:

  • Drew Herchko: Supervisor at Titleist Corporate Headquarters (CA)
    Mike Cuscino, PGA: First Assistant Professional at St. Clair Country Club (PA); Assistant Professional at Oakmont Country Club (PA); Seasonal Assistant at Seminole Country Club (FL)
    Kimberly Thomas: Sales Associate with Titleist Golf; Assistant Professional at East Hampton Golf Club (NY)
    Eli Mireles, PGA: Assistant Professional at The Burning Tree Club (MD); Assistant Professional at Cattail Creek Country Club (MD)
    Benjamin Heinlein: Assistant Professional and Golf Instructor at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (PA)
    Dan Crowley: First Assistant Professional at Chartiers Country Club
    Derrick Knopsnyder: Worked as a Sales Associate with Callaway Golf and is now a Professional Comedian

CLASS OF 2012:

  • Lori Painter, LPGA: Head Professional at Lindenwood Golf Club (PA); Assistant Professional at South Hills Country Club (PA)
    Sean Knaus:  Assistant Professional at the Pittsburgh Field Club (PA)
    Nick Domachowski: Assistant Professional at Southpointe Golf Club (PA); Seasonal Assistantat at Olde Florida Gofl Club (FL); Assistant Professional at Lone Pine Country Club (PA)
    Joseph D’Auria: Accounts Manager at the Lady Lucky Casino (PA)
    Kyle Bennett: Assistant Profesional at Valley Brook Country Club (PA); Assistant Professional at Lone Pine Country Club (PA)
    Dianne Luke Is a Competitor on the Malaysian National Golf Team. competing in international-level events worldwide.

CLASS OF 2011:

  • Adam Laird: Assistant Professional at Westchester Country Club (NY); Assistant Professional at Friar's Head (NY): Assistant Professional at The Valley Club of Montecito (CA)
    Zack Rothaus: Sales Representative with Callaway Golf; Seasonal Assistant at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club (FL)
    Nick Dunn: Assistant Golf Professional at Longue Vue Club (PA); Head Men's Golf Coach at Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
    Katie Kirk: Assistant Golf Professional at Eisenhower Golf Club (CO); First Assistant Golf Professional/ Director of Instruction at Signature of Solon Country Club (OH)

CLASS OF 2010:

  • Peter Swanson, PGA: Assistant Professional at Firestone Country Club (OH); Seasonal Assistant at PGA National Resort and Spa (FL); Seasonal Assistant at Desert Mountain (AZ)
    Shane Battistoni: First Assistant Professional at Laurel Valley Golf Club (PA); Seasonal Assitant at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club (FL); Seasonal Assistant at Desert Mountain (AZ)
    Sylvester Richards: Golf Academy Manager and Teaching Professional at the Everybody Golf School (VA)
    Joe Hyde served as the Food and Beverage Manager and Assistant General Manager at Pittsburgh National Golf Club while still an undergraduate. He is now working for the US Government in Southern California, where he plays golf on a regular basis.

CLASS OF 2009:

  • Joe Merlin, PGA: First Assistant Professional at Wannamoisett Club (RI); Assistant Professional at Pittsburgh Field Club; Assistant Professional at Metedeconk National Golf Club; Seasonal Assistant at the Loxahatchee Club (FL) 
    Kyle Ruane: General Manager and Head Golf Professional at Gilbertsville Golf Club (PA).
    Michael First, PGA: Assistant Professional and Tournament Coordinator at Sea Island Resort (GA)
    Josh Seelye: Served as an Assistant Professional at Crooked Stick Golf Club (IN) prior to transitioning into a succesful career as a business executive.
    Blake Schutte: Served as the First Assistant at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course while he was still an undergraduate, before becoming the Owner and CEO of his own multimillion-dollar company.

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