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Policies and Procedures Manual

  • Introduction

    The goal of the PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is to attract and educate bright, highly-motivated men and women to service all aspects of this developing industry and to produce PGA Members. It is a comprehensive degree program that integrates all the curriculum requirements of a Hospitality and Tourism Management major with the knowledge base of the PGA Golf Management Program including sixteen months of structured internship experience and a Playing Ability Test (PAT).


    Students are admitted into the UMES PGA Golf Management Program on a competitive basis. Prospective students must first apply for entrance into UMES. Once admitted to the University, they then petition for admittance into the PGA Golf Management Program. A verification of a USGA handicap of 12 or less will be required. This must be verified by handicap card or equivalent.

    Handicap Verification includes:

    1. A copy of a current USGA handicap index card indicating a handicap of 12 or less
    2. The Confirmation of Playing Ability Form filled out by a PGA Professional or High School Golf Coach
    3. Successful completion of the PGA’s Playing Ability Test

    Minority Recruitment Policy

    It is a goal of UMES to enroll a talented student body from a variety of ethnic and geographic backgrounds. Within the context of this framework, the PGA Golf Management Program is dedicated to supporting the PGA’s objective of recruiting qualified minorities into the PGA Golf Management Program.  UMES will recruit nationally for participants in its PGA Golf Management Program.

    International Students

    International students are eligible to complete all PGA PGM requirements and apply for PGA of America Membership upon successfully graduating from an accredited PGA Golf Management University Program.  To be eligible for membership, an individual must meet all application and Bylaw requirements for election.

    Transfer Policy

    Transfers are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students will be required to meet all the PGA Golf Management Program graduation requirements of the University and the PGA of America.

    Cohort Requirements

    It is the policy of the PGA that each entering class be considered a cohort for purposes of progress through the PGA Golf Management education levels. The intent is for each entering cohort of students to complete the PGA’s educational courses and tests as a group.

    PGA Golf Management Program Requirements

    1. 16 months of full time cooperative/internship work 
    2. Must pass the PGA’s Playing Ability Test (met prior to Level 3 testing)
    3. Complete all four levels of the PGA Golf Management educational courses and tests
    4. A PGA Golf Management student has 8 years to obtain PGA membership from the first day after completing the Qualifying test.  The 8 year "clock" for students withdrawing from the PGA Golf Management program prior to graduation does not expire.

    PGA Membership Upon Graduation

    PGA Golf Management University Program graduates completing all requirements, including academics, PGA PGM education, required internships and passing the PGA Playing Ability Test are eligible for direct election to PGA membership upon graduation, completion of the PGA required background check, securing of eligible employment and submission of the PGA membership application with required fees.

    Students will have one additional semester (at the discretion of UMES) beyond anticipated date of graduation (completion of academics) based on the university submitted curriculum sequence for individuals to complete all necessary PGA requirements and be eligible for direct election to PGA membership as noted above.  For individuals to be eligible for graduation with the PGA Golf Management major, they must be continuously enrolled at the institution.  Any individual not continuously enrolled (per UMES policy) will not be eligible for the PGA Golf Management major, should they return to the institution at a later date and complete any outstanding PGA requirements.

    Any individual not completing all requirements within the one additional semester will be submitted to the PGA of America as a dropped student.  If the individual has earned a college degree, not PGA Golf Management designation, they will receive 12 of the 36 credits necessary for election to PGA membership.  These individuals retain all PGA education requirements completed, but will not receive credit for any internships completed while enrolled ata an accredited program.  These individuals must contact PGA membership to register as an associate and determine remaining requirements.   

      Educational Curriculum

      The PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is housed in the School of Business and Technology.  All PGA Golf Management Program students major in PGA Golf Management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. When students have successfully completed their academic and PGA Golf Management Program requirements, they are awarded a Bachelor's Degree in PGA Golf Management.

      PGA Golf Management Seminars

      PGA Golf Management Teaching & Coaching Seminars are scheduled at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore and junior years to coincide with PGMT 230 for Level 1 and PGMT 330 for Level 2. Also, Industry Awareness Seminar is offered in conjunction with the Level 2 Seminar. The third and final Teaching & Coaching seminar is scheduled at the end of the spring semester of the senior year and coincides with PGMT 430 for Level 3. Additionally, during the fall semester of the senior year the Business Simulation seminar will be scheduled and coincides with PGMT 350 and PGMT 422.  PGA Golf Management Seminars will be offered on campus at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Seminars will be scheduled by the PGA Golf Management Director as indicated by the PGA Golf Management curriculum.  Student demand will dictate whether seminars will be scheduled on campus or at another PGA Golf Management University.    

      Incomplete Tests

      Students that fail an individual test can retake the test on campus or at an authorized PSI Testing Center under the following provisions: 

      -On Campus Retakes: the student may re-take on-campus during the next testing opportunity (no sooner than 30 days) for his/her specific level at the university.  
      -Off-campus retakes: the student may re-take unsuccessful PGA tests at the PSI center in Salisbury, MD.  
      -If a student is unsuccessful on the retake exam, they must attend the mentoring opportunity held at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, FL at the student’s expense.  The cost of the mentoring opportunity,     flights, and accommodations are all inclusive at a cost of $2000.00.

      PGA of America Background Check

      All aspiring PGA members will undergo a background check as part of the PGA Golf Management University Program and will be responsible for paying the one-time cost associated with that check.  This background check is a standard of membership for all PGA Golf Management University Program students and must be completed prior to election to membership.

      Work Experience Activities

      Work experience activities are an essential part of the PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Work Experience material and will be submitted to the PGA Golf Management staff for annotation as they are completed.  Completed activities will be reviewed, graded and approved by PGA of America Education faculty.

      Cooperative Internship Program

      See Coop information on the website link.

      Playing Ability Test

      Passing the playing ability test is a demonstration of the student’s mastery of an established skill level pertaining to the game of golf. Students that do not pass the PAT within their first three years may be opted out of the program. Students will be evaluated on an individual basis.

      Model Golf Shop

      A model Golf Shop is provided as a learning laboratory at Great Hope Golf Course. The PGA Golf Management Program will utilize Great Hope Golf Course for many of our Work Experience Activities and incorporate budgeting, procurement, and operations procedures.

      Program Fees

      Along with normal university tuition and fees (vary depending on room and board selections); each PGA Golf Management student account will be billed their respective PGA Golf Management Program fees on the first day of classes in each semester in which they are enrolled.

      Students enrolled in PGA/PGM 3.0

      PGA Golf Management Student Association Fees 
        Paid every semester to the PGMSA Treasurer      $50.00 
      Semester Fees  
        Golf Course Access Fees   $400.00 
         Tournament Fees     $100.00   
         Player Development Fees  $50.00
        PAT Fees   $120.00
        Course Fees (payable to facility on day of play)   TBD
      PGA Golf Management Program Fees
      August of Freshman Year
         Qualifying Level Portal Access  $200.00
         Qualifying Level Test  $75.00
         Student Affiliate Fee  $50.00

      January of Freshman Year
         Level 1 Portal Access  $560.00
      August of Sophomore Year
         Level 1 Tests (Teaching & Coaching 1, Facilities Management 1)  $150.00
         Student Affiliate Fee  $50.00
         Level 1 Seminar (Teaching & Coaching 1)  $440.00
      January of Sophomore Year
         Level 2 Portal Access  $350.00

      August of Junior Year
         Level 2 Tests (Teaching & Coaching 2, Facilities Management 2)   $150.00
         Student Affiliate Fee  $50.00
         Level 2 Seminar (Industry Awareness, Teaching & Coaching 2)  $660.00 
      January of Junior Year
         Level 3 Portal Access  $350.00
      August of Senior Year
         Level 3 Seminar (Business Simulation)  $440.00
         Student Affiliate Fee  $50.00
      January of Senior Year
         Level 3 Seminars (Teaching & Coaching 3)  $440.00
         Level 3 Test (Teaching & Coaching 3, Facilities Management 3)  $150.00

      Player Development Program

      UMES PGA Golf Management students that have not passed the PAT will be required to participate in the Player Development Program (PDP). The PDP will be devoted to PAT preparation and strategies and is designed to prepare students to pass the PAT as early in the program as possible. Students must participate in no less than four PGMSA tournaments and no less than two individual lessons per semester.  The program will be offered with both classroom instruction and coordinated practice and playing. This program will be conducted by a PGA member of the PGA Golf Management staff or local PGA Professional.

      Course Access and Play

      We are privileged to have Great Hope Golf Course and Nutters Crossing Golf Club as the official home courses for the UMES PGA Golf Management Program. Each PGA Golf Management student is expected to act and conduct themselves in a professional, polite manner at all times. Great Hope and Nutters Crossing will be home to many of our PGMSA tournaments and will be used as learning laboratories for many of our PGA Golf Management work experience activities.

      Probationary Standards

      Members of the UMES PGA Golf Management Program will be placed on PGA Golf Management Probation at the beginning of an academic semester due to any one of the following:

      1. Cumulative grade point average less than 2.0
      2. Failure to hand in appropriate work experience activities on due dates.
      3. Failure to attend PDP as required.
      4. Not attempting the PAT a minimum of one time per semester until passed
      5. “No-Show” at a PAT
      6. Not completing the required four PGMSA golf tournaments or two required lessons per PDP.
      7. Missing two or more PGMSA meetings.
      8. Outstanding Fees
      9. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior.
      10. Incomplete PGA tests.

      Dismissal from the PGM Program

      The following reasons are grounds for dismissal from the PGA Golf Management Program:

      1. Less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA for two consecutive semesters.
      2. Probation within the PGM Program for two consecutive semesters.
      3. Not participating in a PAT a minimum of two times per year until it has been passed.
      4. Failure to pass the PGA PAT by Level 3 enrollment.
      5. Committing a grievous act while on internship, which results in termination
      6. Any behavior which is considered unethical by the PGA of America or to be a violation of the Code of Ethics as found in the PGA Constitution.

      Statement of Understanding

      UMES PGA Golf Management students will sign a Statement of Understanding when they enter the PGA Golf Management Program that addresses the program’s requirements. The intent of this Statement of Understanding is to ensure that each UMES PGA Golf Management student understands the extent of the PGA Golf Management Program and what is required to successfully complete all the degree and specialized graduation requirements.