PGA Golf Management Student Spotlight: Conor Hartnett

[This program] has given me the chance to see things I would have never had the opportunity to see.

In his senior year at Ferris, PGA Golf Management student Conor Hartnett reflects on his past four years as a Bulldog.

“I chose the Ferris State University PGA Golf Management program because Ferris has the best program in the country. It’s been this way ever since the program began. This program will open many doors into the golf industry for me.” explains Conor.

In 1975, Ferris State University offered the first professional PGA Golf Management program in the country. Today, Ferris continues to boast one of the most prestigious and premiere Golf Management programs in the nation. Receiving a PGA Golf Management education is rare, as the program is only offered at approximately 18 universities.

Hands-on, valuable, internships are the key focus to the PGA Golf Management program’s success. As part of the program, students are required to complete five semesters of internship in order to graduate.

When asked how Ferris State has prepared him for his internships, Conor states, “We take numerous golf management classes which are hands-on-experience classes that provide us examples of what internships will be like. But, the biggest preparation tool that we have is our peers that have been on internships. Networking with other PGA Golf Management students and alumni is the best way to gain experience prior to going on internship.”

Conor has completed three internships thus far. He has interned at Bedford Golf and Tennis Club (Bedford, New York), Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon), and Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, California).

“One big reason I chose to intern at these courses is because of traveling. This program has given me the opportunity to travel the country and get paid for it! [The PGA Golf Management program] has given me the chance to see things I would have never had the opportunity to see,” Conor describes.

The wealth of information that students gather from interning is immeasurable. This information is applicable in any life setting, including inside the classroom, throughout day-to-day experiences, and within a professional setting.

“There is countless amounts of information that I’ve learned on these internships, but the two that have really helped me throughout college is: learning to make connections, and the answer will always be ‘no’ if you don’t ask.”

Conor has accepted a job as a golf instructor at the American School of Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand. He, along with fellow PGA Golf Management student Spencer Scheeler, will begin this position upon graduation in December.

In reminiscing on his experience as a PGA Golf Management student at Ferris, Conor summarizes, “I have met some amazing people throughout my journey in this program and this is just the beginning. One tip of advice that I would give to any students going on internships is to step out of your boundaries and go somewhere you have never gone before. You will meet incredible people and will expand your knowledge of whatever industry you may be in.”