UMES First HBCU to Join PGA/PGM Program

  • Thursday, January 17, 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