Preparing for Career in Golf
(LAS CRUCES) -- Students from all over the country are spending part of their summer learning about the Golf industry. Alexa ruwe wants to change the face of golf. "They're looking for women. So, it's an advantage for me and a disadvantage for a lot of people," she said. She is one of the eleven high school students from across the country taking part in the pga golf management summer experience program at New Mexico State University. "It teaches you everything about a golf course, how it runs and what they do," said student, Sara Bonk. The program gives students a look into the college life of a golf management major. "There's a lot more to it than just playing," said student Antonio Pulido. Students in this major have to complete the normal curriculum for marketing and business majors, take specialized golf management courses, complete 16 months of summer internship, and pass the playing ability test. "This morning and tomorrow morning for four hours each morning, they are in a classroom setting going over seminars like they would if they were in college. Then in the afternoon, we are going to take them with some special guests out to the golf course and let them play New Mexico State and Sonoma Ranch. Those are two of the courses our students play day in and day out," said Pat Gavin, director of the PGA Golf Management Program at New Mexico State University. Not only is there a 100 percent job placement upon graduation of the golf management program, but graduates get to work as PGA members all across the country and overseas. "We have twenty-five classifications for our members. They can be anything from a director of golf to a golf course superintendent to a general manager or golf writer. Myself I'm a PGA member as well as Pat and Josh that work here. We are golf administrators. The opportunities in this industry are limitless," said Cheri Tschetschot of the PGA.