PGA Golf Management University Program

Are you looking for an alternative to continue in the golf industry? The PGA Golf Management University Program may be the best choice for you!

The PGA Golf Management University Program is a four-and-a-half year program offered at 19 universities nationwide for aspiring PGA Professionals accredited by the PGA of America. The benefits of this program include:

  • Provides extensive classroom studies, internship experience and opportunities for player development.
  • Prepares students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the golf industry.
  • Allows students to earn a degree in areas such as Marketing, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Recreation and Park Management.
  • Graduates currently have a 100% employment placement rate.

Chelsea Mokary, a PGA Golf Management student and South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni, went to Florida State University specifically to become a PGA Professional. While touring colleges during spring break with her father they found the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. As luck would have it, they ran into Dr. Ernest Lanford also known as Coach Lanford in the golf shop. After Coach Lanford found out Mokary was a golfer, he immediately took both her and her father upstairs to his office and told them all about the PGA Golf Management Program at Florida State University. For Chelsea the details about the program were great, but what she found more fascinating was that while they were talking in his office, about five students stopped by to just to say “hello” to him. They all introduced themselves to her with a hand shake and a smile. It was after her conversation with Coach Lanford that she knew she wanted to be a part of the program and the golf community at Florida State University

When it came time for Chelsea to start the PGA Golf Management Program at Florida State University, she was introduced to many upper classmen who always made it a point to include the freshmen. There was never a time she felt like the “new person” at a very large school. This was important to her because she was going to school 6 1/2 hours away from home. The PGA Golf Management staff made it their goal to always have the students around the golf course and PGA Golf Management classrooms. Chelsea would study for tests at the golf course because it was a quiet place, and she could also take a break and practice on the driving range. Even on days when the weather was bad and they were unable to play golf, many of the students would meet and have lunch at the golf course grill. One requirement in the PGA Golf Management Program is internship experiences. Every Fall Semester each student would work with the Internship Director to update their resumes and send them to clubs they had interest in. The amount of traveling and the experiences Chelsea accumulated through her internships in just four years at Florida State University was incredible. The knowledge she gained through the PGA Golf Management Program prepared her to be a confident Golf Professional in the industry. Chelsea’s final internship through Florida States PGA Golf Management Program was at East Hampton Golf Club. This internship later turned into a seasonal position as an Assistant Golf Professional, where she will be returning for her fourth season this spring.

With a few words of encouragement, Chelsea wishes for anyone who has a passion for golf to research the PGA Golf Management Programs offered by universities all over the country.

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South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni Kaylin Yost Qualified for LPGA Bank of Founders Cup Event

Kaylin Yost, an alumna of the South Florida Junior Tour, began her journey in 1992 of becoming a successful, smart, talented young woman. With difficulties from birth and into her childhood, she had to overcome many obstacles doing so with a positive attitude and outlook. At age two, her parents found out she was hearing impaired in both ears and has been wearing hearing aids ever since. Kaylin didn’t look at this as being a disability but rather as a gift.

Yost’s journey through the South Florida PGA Junior Tour helped her gain valuable tournament experience preparing her for the next level. From the South Florida PGA Junior Tour she went on to play collegiate golf at Campbell University. During her college golf career, she received the Big South Player of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014, in addition to winning a total of four collegiate events. Graduating in May of 2014, Kaylin decided to turn professional in July. After playing a series of events through the Sun Coast, Symetra Tour, LPGA Monday Qualifiers, and local professional events, Yost decided in September of 2015 to take a break after not reaching her big break.

In 2015, Kaylin went on to work for a company called JetSmarter, a partner of the South Florida PGA Foundation. During her time with them she realized that golf was her true passion in life. This March, Yost went on to compete in the Bank of Hope Monday LPGA Qualifier where she shot a 5-under par, 66, at Longbow Country Club earning one of two spots into the LPGA Bank of Founders Cup Event. Upon qualifying for the event Kaylin played well enough to make the cut, finishing the weekend at even par, 74th place!

As a South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni, Kaylin Yost has traveled through the journey of life with one goal in mind, and now she has reached her big moment doing what she loves most, golf at the highest level. On behalf of the South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni Association, we wish Kaylin nothing but the best moving forward as we watch her journey continue into future LPGA events.