UMES Golf Program To Be Accreditated By PGA

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: January 18, 2008

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has become the first Historical Black College and the 20th university accredited by PGA of America to offer their Professional Golf Management Program.

The PGA/PGM University Program is a 4½-year structured college curriculum for aspiring PGA Professionals. The educational program is accredited by The PGA of America and includes extensive classroom studies, internship experience and player development providing students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the golf industry.

“It is with great pride that The PGA of America welcomes the University of Maryland Eastern Shore into the PGA/PGM Program,” said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb.

“For more than 30 years, the PGA/PGM Program has enabled more young people to accomplish their career goals and make an impact in the golf industry.”

Founded in 1886, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a research and doctoral degree granting institution on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is a historically black university and home to some 4,086 students.

The 745-acre campus, which includes a 350-acre research and teaching farm, is nationally recognized for the beauty of its grounds. Its low student-to-faculty ratio, well-funded research programs, historic tradition of inclusiveness and constituent membership in the University System of Maryland combine to make UMES a strong engine of growth and development in its community, providing students with opportunities to learn from a well-balanced array of academic programs that respond to local needs as well as more global concerns.

“The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to establish, with the help of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, a program that brings this opportunity to its deserving students,” said UMES President Thelma B. Thompson, Ph.D.

“This work will bring joy to the golfing community here in Maryland. As president of this university, it is rewarding to see a dream come true. I speak for the entire university when I say I’m grateful to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America for considering us worthy of this honor.”

The PGA/PGM Program was created in 1975 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., as the first university to gain PGA Accreditation and offer the PGM curriculum.


Students attending a PGA/PGM program can graduate with a baccalaureate degree in several majors (e.g.Marketing, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Recreation and Park Management).

In addition to classroom studies, each PGA/PGM student is required to complete approved internships of 16 months at industry related facilities, companies or organizations.

In addition, PGA/PGM students are also required to complete all of the requirements of The PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) and pass a Playing Ability Test (PAT).

Passing the PAT is achieved by scoring equal to or less than the PAT target score. Since 1916, The PGA of America’s mission has been twofold; 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 Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $195 billion golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, 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.

The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.