Students interested in a golf career can earn degrees in golf management from a variety of universities across the United States. Many of these programs are part of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America’s Golf Management University Program, in which the curriculum is accredited by the PGA. As with most college programs, the cost of attaining a golf management degree isn’t cheap. But students may be able to defray some of the costs via scholarships.
Golf Management Degrees
Students in the PGA’s golf management program perform classroom work, must complete 16 hours of approved internships and pass a playing ability test. Graduates become full PGA members and have a range of career options. Some graduates may become teaching pros, directors of golf operations, general managers or golf coaches, or they may become involved in other facets of the golf industry.
The PGA of America and the PGA Foundation -- a charitable organization that raises funds for a variety of causes -- have contributed more than $6.5 million in educational scholarships to the children and grandchildren of PGA members, and to students in the Golf Management University Program, as of 2012. More than 3,400 students have received PGA of America scholarships.
Paul Runyan Scholarship
Golf management students may apply for $2,500 and $1,500 scholarships named after the late PGA pro Paul Runyan. Applicants must be enrolled in a PGA-accredited program, carry a 3.0 grade point average and complete a 500-word essay. They also must have completed the PGA’s Playing Ability Test successfully.
As of 2012, a total of $60,000 of scholarship money is available annually to minorities in PGA-accredited golf management programs. In 2010, for example, 61 students at 20 universities received diversity grants from the PGA.
Individual University Scholarships
Each university may have its own local scholarships for which its students may apply. At Florida State University, for example, golf management students may apply for a total of nine different scholarships, as of the date of publication. Some, such as the Diversity Scholarship, are funded by the PGA. Others are local, such as the Tampa Bay Hospitality Alliance Scholarship and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Scholarship.
New golf management students at California’s National University may apply for a $2,500 Associate of Science in Professional Golf Management scholarship. Students must be accepted into the university’s program, and may apply the scholarship funds toward the tuition costs of their first and last courses.
Michigan’s Ferris State University offers a $1,500 Marriot Golf Scholarship to sophomores, juniors and seniors in the school’s golf management program. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Captains of the men’s and women’s golf teams -- if they have a 2.0 GPA -- may apply for the school’s $250 Marty Lass Golf Captains Scholarship.