PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Students from the Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management receive experience that goes far beyond the classroom. With a field trip unlike any other, more than 65 students caddied for amateur players during The Honda Classis Pro-Am event this week at the PGA National Resort & Spa, Champion Course, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The Keiser University College of Golf students received a hands-on and unforgettable experience that included carrying golf bags, charting yardages, reading greens, raking bunkers, and advising their players on shot selection.
"Caddying is one of the most time-honored traditions in golf and it remains an integral part of the game today, especially on professional tours all around the world," says Dr. Eric Wilson, PGA Master Professional and Executive Director of Golf Operations. "Keiser University College of Golf is dedicated to providing our students with the most comprehensive education in the golf industry, and we're very proud to also provide them with unique hands-on opportunities to participate at PGA TOUR events."
In addition to Dr. Wilson, Brian Hughes, PGA Master Professional and Golf Program Director, provided caddy training to students at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Dr. Wilson caddied for Keiser University College of Golf Adjunct Instructor Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management, in the 2011 and 2012 Senior PGA Championships, and Hughes caddied for Bobby Clampett in last year's Honda Classic qualifying event.
The Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management features a 20,000-square-foot facility includes a 1,500-square-foot indoor putting green, advanced launch monitor technology, TaylorMade MAT-T swing analysis system, an interactive golf simulator provided by Full Swing Golf powered by SIRGUL, and a golf club repair lab equipped by Mitchell Golf Equipment. Students also receive access to the highly acclaimed PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance where they can practice on a 35-acre lighted practice range, short game areas, bunker facility and extensive putting greens. Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management also gives students daily access to several PGA Master Professionals, such as Brian Hughes, Dr. Eric Wilson, and Golf Magazine top 100 teacher Dr. T.J. Tomasi.
Keiser University's Associate of Science degree in Golf Management prepares students for a variety of positions in the golf industry. In this program, students are prepared to provide golf instruction, manage golf course operations, ensure appropriate maintenance of golf facilities and equipment, as well as integrate the play of golf into the broader hospitality and recreation domain. Keiser University's Bachelor of Science in Sports Management degree (with a concentration in golf management) focuses on the managerial and business aspects of a career in golf. The curriculum supports an expanded professional role of sports managers and graduates of associate degree programs in golf, hospitality, fitness, sports, recreation and other related fields.
For more information on attending Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management, please contact the College of Golf campus at 1860 Fountainview Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; online at www.CollegeofGolf.KeiserUniversity.edu or call 888.355.4465.
About Keiser University:
Keiser University (KU) is a private, not-for-profit university serving nearly 18,000 students pursuing doctoral through associate degrees on 15 campuses and online and employing nearly 3,500 staff and faculty. Keiser University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University. Sixty-two percent of KU students graduate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and healthcare fields, providing the talented workforce necessary for Florida to compete globally. Keiser University's educational reach extends globally through its international programs, including the Latin Division, a cooperative agreement in the Eastern European nation of Moldova, and a campus in Shanghai, China.