Univ. of Md.-Eastern Shore is first historic black college in PGA/PGM
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.
As reported by The PGA of America January 18, 2008