Hello SCGA Donors,
I am Wesley Levanduski, an SCGA Scholar from Paso Robles, CA. Three weeks ago I finished my freshman year of college at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) in the Professional Golf Management Program. I would like to tell you about one of the best decisions of my life.
Like many of you, I was unaware of the Professional Golf Management Program until I was midway through high school. The PGA PGM Program is a four and a half year program designed to prepare students for a successful career in the golf industry. The program is offered at 20 universities across the country such as Penn State, UCCS and Costal Carolina. Depending on the school, students will earn a business, hospitality, or science degree along with a 16-month paid internship and a Professional Golf certification.
Like the SCGA Foundation's idea of pioneering leadership, the PGM program promotes leadership as well. Freshmen through seniors can hold positions such as Class Representative, President, Vice President on our Executive Board. Next year, I will be the Tournament Director which consists of setting up the venues at different courses, making pairings and doing the scoring for each event.
The UCCS PGM Directors are very passionate about helping students. They have many resources and help each student with their internship selections and careers after college. My good friend and fellow PGM student Arick Zeigel says, “The PGA Professional Golf Management Program at UCCS has allowed me the opportunity to turn my passion into a well founded career. The friendly staff and students all have the same passions and goals that you do, making it a great recipe for success.”
Since there is no PGM program offered in California, my parents and I are paying for out of state tuition in Colorado. Because of this, I would like to thank all of you for the support you have given the SCGA and for making the scholarship program possible. The scholarships you fund have greatly helped my family with the hardship of paying for college. Thank you for your generosity. I really appreciate your support.