Golf News for Monday, August 26, 2013 | People

Suzy Whaley completes PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America announced that six PGA Professionals have completed the requirements to achieve certification through the advanced PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0). CPP 2.0 is a valuable achievement in a learning strategy that is aimed at improving PGA Professional proficiency and advancing career opportunities.

Serving as The PGA's enhanced, all-digital training and education curriculum, PGA CPP 2.0 is aligned with the goals of the Golf 2.0 strategic initiative to give PGA members a state-of-the-art skillset to grow the game of golf. PGA CPP 2.0 is an online, career-enhancing solution that ensures that PGA members have the skills, competencies and job requirements demanded by employers and customers throughout the golf industry. Since the PGA Certified Professional Program's original inception in 2004, a total of 808 PGA Professionals have earned a combined 1,613 certifications in their desired career paths.

Among those recently earning certification is PGA District 1 Director Suzy Whaley, who became the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for and play in in a PGA Tour event when she competed in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open.

"For me, becoming a PGA Certified Professional is something I wanted to do for years," said Whaley, a PGA Teaching Professional at TPC River Highlands, in Cromwell, Conn., who is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the 50 Best Teachers in America. "As a PGA Professional, we all realize that there is a changing environment for consumers, so it is important to learn more about our profession, especially the marketing and promotion of player development programs."

The following PGA Professionals recently achieved certifications in one of four categories:

• Suzy Whaley, PGA, of Farmington, Conn. - TPC River Highlands, Connecticut PGA Section (Player Development)
• Carolynn Lovelace, PGA, of Ellicot City, Md. - Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, Middle Atlantic PGA Section (Player Development)
• Eric Alpenfels, PGA, of Pinehurst, N.C. - Pinehurst Country Club No. 1-5, Carolinas PGA Section (Instruction)
• Chapman Dundas, PGA, of Santa Rosa, Calif. - Mayacama Golf Club, Northern California PGA Section (Golf Operations)
• Scott Newell, PGA, of Leland, N.C. - Member's Club at St. James, Carolinas PGA Section (Golf Operations)
• Eric Barlow, PGA, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. - Weston Golf Club, New England PGA Section (Golf Operations)

"Some of the most recognized and respected PGA Professionals in the country continue to enhance their skill sets through PGA Education, truly validating the importance and relevance of the updated curriculum," said PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt, senior director of Education and Employment for The PGA of America.

Designed with direct input from employers and industry experts to immediately enhance the expertise and performance of PGA members in the workplace, the all-digital PGA CPP 2.0 is an intuitive program available on that offers certifications in Golf Operations, General Management, Player Development and Instruction. These four distinct certification programs encompass seven defined Career Paths (Golf Operations, Retail, General Management, Executive Management, Ownership and Leasing, Golf Instruction and Player Development)—supporting PGA members who are committed to continuously enhancing their golf management skills, in order to stay ahead of the increasing demands of the industry.

The online learning approach ensures broad access to the program, while reducing the time and travel costs associated with traditional classes. Further, the new digital integration of the educational curriculum offers e-learning solutions and best-in-class applications, so PGA Professionals can experience unique situations; use critical thinking to acquire relevant knowledge; and immediately transfer and apply their knowledge to real-time situations and everyday business matters. PGA CPP 2.0 enables PGA Professionals to maintain a competitive edge in the workforce, while gaining additional tools to enhance performance at their facility.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

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