First Class of PGA Golf Management Program Students Graduates From UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business will graduate its first class of students under Central’s new PGA golf management program. The graduates include (back row, left to right) Jeff Elliott, Evan Williams, Jack Daneshmand, William Bones, Jacob Arnold, James Bowler, Jeff Klappenbach, Adam Miller, Bryson Howard, Trent White, (front row, left to right) Jeremey Brewer, Derek Franco, Justin Limon, Max Matthes, and Benjamin Howard.

Dec. 13, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

FIRST CLASS OF PGA GOLF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM STUDENTS GRADUATES FROM UCO

Among the more than 1,000 University of Central Oklahoma students who cross the commencement stage to accept their college degrees this weekend, 15 will earn the distinction of being the first to graduate in the university’s Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) golf management program. 



Housed in Central’s College of Business, students began coursework in the program in 2008 shortly after the PGA chose the university to be one of 20 accredited golf management programs in the nation – and the only one in Oklahoma.

Students in the program learn skills needed to pursue a career in the golf industry, including managing golf facilities, business and personnel management, tournament operations and player development, restaurant and hospitality management, horticulture and turf grass aptitude, and recreation.

One of the graduating seniors, Adam Miller, saw his internship lead to a full-time job because of the specialized training he received through the program.

“The program at Central has given me the skills to go straight into the work force,” said Miller.

“I interned as an assistant golf professional at Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Iowa. After completing my internship I was hired as the head golf professional at Dick’s Sporting Goods, also in Dubuque, and have been working and commuting from there to UCO to finish my last few classes. The commute is tough, but it is worth the degree.”

Miller is not the only student with a job right out of college; all 15 graduating seniors have full-time jobs within their field of study according to Bob Phelps, director of Central’s PGA golf management program.

“It is so rewarding to see the students we have known and worked with these past few years graduate. Many of our students are already making an impact in our local community working at the Oklahoma Golf Association, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kickingbird Golf Club, Graves Golf Academy, Earlywine Golf Course, Coffee Creek Golf Course, Gaillardia Country Club, and Belmar Golf Club,” said Phelps.

Names and hometowns of students graduating from Central’s PGA golf management program are as follows:

Jacob Arnold
Katy, Texas

William Bones
Edmond, Okla.

James Bowler
Colbert, Okla.  

Jeremey Brewer
Ponca City, Okla.

Jack Daneshmand
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Jeff Elliott
Woodward, Okla.

Derek Franco
Clinton, Okla.

Bryson Howard
Sulphur, Okla.

Benjamin Howard
Sulphur, Okla.

Jeff Klappenbach
Tulsa, Okla.

Justin Limon
Coweta, Okla.

Max Matthes
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Adam Miller
Guthrie, Okla.

Trent White
Cameron, Mo.

Evan Williams
Owasso, Okla.

Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management.

The university’s commencement ceremonies are Dec. 14-15 at Hamilton Field House on campus. The golf management students will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony on Dec. 15.

For more information about Central’s PGA golf management program visit www.busn.uco.edu/pga.

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Editor’s Note: Download a photo of the graduating class at www.uco.edu/photo/PGAGolfManagementFirstClass.   

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business will graduate its first class of students under Central’s new PGA golf management program. The graduates include (back row, left to right) Jeff Elliott, Evan Williams, Jack Daneshmand, William Bones, Jacob Arnold, James Bowler, Jeff Klappenbach, Adam Miller, Bryson Howard, Trent White, (front row, left to right) Jeremey Brewer, Derek Franco, Justin Limon, Max Matthes, and Benjamin Howard.