Gifted student Dux of Class
BEN Woods, from Coramba near Coffs Harbour has graduated from the PGA International Golf Institute after spending three years acquiring a Bachelor of Business and a PGA IGI Certificate in Golf Management Practices. The PGA of Australia and Griffith University combined their expertise to establish the PGA International Golf Institute (PGA IGI). The stated aim of the Institute is to develop education programs that train people in the business of golf. The PGA IGI delivers training models to a standard that has seen it referred to as the 'Harvard School' for golf. The gifted student was Dux of the Class and was honoured with an Excellence in Education Award. "The course content was quite broad and the assessment involved a lot of material that is relevant in the business world," he said. "The entire time at the institute was a great opportunity to be coached by some of Australia's best coaches, play on some great resort courses and gain a solid business background. "I see that what I have achieved is as a great step forward toward pursuing a career in the golf industry, be it playing or managing." The PGA IGI is now offering courses in Elite Golf, Advanced Golf Management Practices, Applied Golf Management Practices and combined business degrees that cater for growth sectors of the industry. The Bachelor of Business (Major in Sport Management) is a three-year, full time degree course that is recognized internationally and by the PGA of Australia. The PGA IGI was established to develop career pathways and opportunities for students, elite athletes, coaches and administrators in the golf industry and related business sectors. PGA of Australia CEO Max Garske said the PGA IGI was an important step forward for the golf industry in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region. "The institute provides a raft of education and training platforms for those currently working within the industry and for those seeking to make a career in golf," he said.