Professional Golf Management Program Tees Off at ATI

Feb. 15, 2011

Aspiring golf pros now have another option

The Agricultural Technical Institute and Ohio State's Department of Horticulture and Crop Science are teaming up to make the professional golf management (PGM) program even more accessible. Beginning in autumn 2010, students will be able to complete the first year of the PGM program on the Wooster campus. Students who complete the first year successfully will be able to transition to the Columbus campus for the remaining three years of the program.

Because ATI is an open-enrollment campus, the option to start in Wooster will enable students who want to be golf pros but choose not to start on the Columbus campus as freshmen a chance to realize their career aspirations. Students who wish to start the PGM program in Wooster still have to provide proof of an 18-hole golf handicap of 10 or better.

The first-year PGM-specific courses will be taught by Professor Ray Miller, director of the PGM program, and Chris Walsh, assistant director and formerly the PGA golf pro at the OSU Golf Club, so students on the Wooster campus have the opportunity to interact with Columbus faculty before transitioning to Columbus. "We also have the goal of enabling Wooster students to be active in the Columbus PGM student organization," explained Gary Anderson, professor of horticultural technologies, who will be advising Wooster PGM students. "We want as much as possible for our students to have the same experience as the Columbus students."

Wooster PGM students will have playing privileges at Hawk's Nest, ATI's 18-hole public course, similar to the privileges Columbus PGM students have at the Scarlet and Gray courses.

"This is truly a cooperative effort between Columbus and Wooster," Stephen Nameth, ATI director, said. "We think the potential benefit for both campuses is enormous

--By Frances Whited