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What is Ohio State Professional Golf Management?

The Ohio State University Professional Golf Management Program is a four and a half year college curriculum designed to prepare students for a successful career in the golf industry. Students attending the only Professional Golf Management Program in Ohio will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University. The goal of this program is to assist students in becoming members of the Professional Golfers’ Association.

The program is designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge base for future golf professionals to succeed in a wide variety of positions such as Director of Golf, Head Golf Professional, Director of Instruction, Tournament Director, golf manufacturer sales representative, golf association administrator, golf club repair and golf journalist, as well as positions in golf club research and development, general management, and golf retailing.

Students will acquire these essential skills through classroom studies and 16 to 20 months of full-time co-op internships at one of the nearly 15,000 golf courses across the country. In addition to business, finance, marketing, turfgrass science and hospitality management classes, the curriculum will also encompass specialty classes in swing analysis and swing concepts, tournament operations, golf club repair, club fitting, retail merchandising, golf course design and coaching golf. Students will also be a part of the PGM Student Club which is a professional organization that is heavily involved in community outreach, administers an active PGM tournament schedule for competition and camaraderie, obtains guest speakers from the golf industry, and hosts many social activities.