After nearly 20 years, Niagara College Canada has decided to move its Professional Golf Management (PGM) program to its three-year Sport Management program by September 2019.
As a result, the college in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., will not be accepting new students into its PGM program this fall. All 2017 first-year golf applicants will be directed to the college’s Sport Management program.
The college decided the sport management program better meets the challenges the golf industry faces. By providing a broader education that includes golf, it was determined that a transition to the broader program will better position Niagara College graduates for a career in either sport or golf management.
For current first and second-year PGM students, the college will fulfill its commitment by offering years two and three of the existing PGM program in 2017-18 and 2018-19, so they can graduate with a Business Administration diploma in Professional Golf Management.
For the next two years, it will be business as usual, with the program continuing undisrupted.
“While this decision may come as surprise to some, I think it was a good move by Niagara College to go in this direction,” said program coordinator Grant Fraser.
“Sport Management at Niagara College is a three-year program comprised of a great assortment of business and sport-related courses that not only meet the needs of Canada’s changing golf marketplace, but also the PGA of Canada’s current educational requirements for individuals interested in becoming a Class A professional, ” he added.
Michael Santoro, Fraser’s counterpart and coordinator of the Sport Management program at Niagara College said moving golf into sport is a logical progression and an easy transition to make.
“In September 2016, Sport Management received more than 400 applications for 80 spots in our program,” he said.
“Students who are interested in a career in golf should take a serious look at broadening their education through our Sport Management program because it provides a variety of options and career choices in golf and other sport sectors,” said Santoro.
Looking back, Fraser said he hopes the legacy of the PGM program at Niagara College will be one that has served Canada’s golf industry well.
“There are hundreds of Niagara College PGM graduates working across Canada, contributing to the business and development of golf and that is what I am most proud of,” said Fraser who initiated the program at Niagara College in 1999 and has taught every student who has been through the program over the last 18 years.