PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Students at the Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management (COGSM) are teeing up for Special Olympics golfers in St. Lucie County, Fla. Keiser University COGSM students are volunteering their time to help train and prepare St. Lucie County Special Olympics golfers for the upcoming Florida Special Olympics 2014 State Golf Tournament later this fall.
The twice-a-week training sessions are taking place at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in St. Lucie, and will continue throughout the summer until the state golf tournament, which will be held at the Reserve and Crane's Bend courses at Orange Lake Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Students participating in the program include Ben Anderson, Kirk Brooks, Scott DeFriez, Heath Herndon, Andy Kaiser, Doug Marshall, Neftali Rivera and Nick Vinios.
"Everyone at Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management is very excited to be involved in the Special Olympics again this year," says Executive Director of Golf Operations Dr. Eric Wilson, who is also a PGA Master Professional. "It's a real privilege for our faculty and the volunteer students to work so closely with Special Olympics golfers, and it's wonderful to see all them train and practice so hard toward the state golf tournament."
Dr. Wilson has been a long-time advocate for Special Olympics programs. He also currently serves as the chairman of the Special Olympics North America Golf Committee, and he and his wife, Marilyn, have visited and trained athletes and coaches in all 50 states, Ireland and South Africa in support of Special Olympics.
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, an interactive golf simulator powered by Sports Coach Systems, TaylorMade MAT-T swing analysis system, 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 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 Sport 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 is a private, not-for-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students pursuing doctoral through associate degrees on 17 campuses, online and internationally, employing 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.