Golf News for Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Instruction

Keiser University golf students train Special Olympics golfers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management (COGSM) is proud to announce that its students are providing weekly instruction and support to Special Olympics golfers from the Port St. Lucie (Fla.) area. The Special Olympics golfers are training throughout the summer at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in preparation for the upcoming state, regional, and Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Championships, and Keiser University COGSM students are playing important roles in coaching the Special Olympians.

Special Olympics golfers — Talona Berner, Kenyatta Johnson, Kelsey Kuebler, Joseph Noelke and Frank Vernoia — recently participated in the first weekly training session and worked to sharpen their skills in putting, iron and wood play. Keiser University COGSM students, who worked with the five Special Olympics golfers, included Curt Burrington, Tyler Carmony, Rich Dorso, Gene Gorman, Jason Gitel, Mario Gutierrez, Aldrin Mota, Alex Robinson, Mihir Shah, Steve Shaw, Barton Wynn and Wono Yoo.

"Golf provides great opportunities for Special Olympics athletes and we're very proud of our students who are volunteering their time to help train and provide practice opportunities for these Special Olympics golfers," says Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management Executive Director of Golf Operations Dr. Eric Wilson, who is also a PGA Master Professional. "Training will continue weekly throughout the summer, as the Special Olympians get ready to challenge for medals in their respective divisions. The ongoing training efforts of Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management students will ensure that all athletes are at peak form when the flag goes up!"

Dr. Wilson also serves as the chairman of the Special Olympics North America Golf Committee, and he and his wife, Marilyn, have been committed to supporting Special Olympics golf worldwide since 1992, having visited and trained coaches and athletes in all 50 states, South Africa, and Ireland.

The Keiser University COGSM campus features a 20,000-square-foot facility which 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 COGSM also gives students daily access to several PGA Master Professionals, such as Brian Hughes and Dr. Eric Wilson, as well as Golf Magazine top 100 teacher Dr. T.J. Tomasi.

Keiser University COGSM 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 COGSM'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; or call 888.355.4465.

About Keiser University:

Keiser University (KU) is a private, not-for-profit university serving nearly 20,000 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 an off-site campus in Shanghai, China.