PGA Golf Management Program Receives Award of Merit

I think first and foremost they [students] should be very proud to be in a program that is recognized by the leaders of golf in the state of Michigan.

The Ferris State University PGA Professional Golf Management program received the Award of Merit from the non-profit Educational Support Foundation of the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA).

In 2006, the MGCA “Scott Family” Educational Support Foundation created the Award of Merit to recognize an organization that was an outstanding golf business representative in the state of Michigan.

“Being the first program of its kind in the country, supplying our great industry with an exceptionally qualified work force and creating ambassadors for golf in Michigan are just a few of the reasons this program deserves special recognition by the Michigan golf industry,” said Brenda Velandra. Ms. Velandra owns Raisin Valley Golf Course (Tecumseh), and is chair of the MGCA “Scott Family” Educational Support Foundation.

College of Business representatives received the award on December 3, 2019 at the MGCA Awards Banquet in Mount Pleasant. Cited as reasons for the award were length of the program, ties with the Michigan Hall of Fame, student development, and the recognition Ferris State University has brought golf in the state of Michigan.

Ferris State University PGA Golf Management program is a leader in the academics and PGA training. It has produced over 1,900 graduates and more than 1,000 active PGA members since its first class in 1975.

This award is a representation of the years of hard work students and faculty have put into the program. It is also a reflection of the success Ferris alumni have had in the field. Setting students apart and making the program successful is Program Director Aaron Waltz’s mission. He wants all his students to be successful and he hopes this award will give them the recognition they deserve.

Director of Communications for the MGCA, Kate Moore, said, “I think first and foremost they [students] should be very proud to be in a program that is recognized by the leaders of golf in the state of Michigan.”