Niagara College’s Business Administration – Professional Golf Management (Co-op) students are promoting healthier lifestyles by helping local children hit the links.
The college students have raised funds to sponsor the National Golf in Schools program by organizing and hosting the inaugural PGM Invitational fundraiser. The event, held on Oct. 24, brought together about 60 students, faculty members, college staff and alumni for a round of nine holes at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.
PGM Invitational proceeds will support Gold Canada’s National Golf in Schools program. Developed with Golf Canada partners Physical Health and Education Canada, and PGA of Canada, the program brings the sport to elementary schools. It helps young children get active while developing their golf skills and a greater appreciation for the game.
Money raised by Niagara College students will be donated specifically to students at Oakridge Public School in St. Catharines.
On November 24, 2011, Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada, will visit Niagara College’s third-year Professional Golf Management – (Co-op) students to accept the donation of $475. The presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m., room E205 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
Grant Fraser, Professional Golf Management (Co-op) professor said he was honoured to welcome Simmons, one of the most influential people in Canadian golf, to the college. In addition to accepting the donation, Simmons will also speak to the Golf Management class.
Fraser said he is proud of his students for holding the tournament and sponsoring the Golf in Schools program.
“It was a lot of work and they pulled it off in a very short period of time,” he said. “It’s great because all the students came together and we found a worthy cause related to our industry. The students know they’re giving back and it’s great for the game.”
Fraser said the plan is to hold the PGM Invitational annually and grow the Golf in Schools program throughout Niagara.
Niagara College’s Business Administration – Professional Golf Management (Co-op) three-year program is a unique academic opportunity, providing students with the skills and knowledge needed for careers as golf assistant professionals, associate professionals or golf course directors. Facilities include a state-of-the-art golf lab with swing simulator. Students hone their skills by hitting the tees several times a week and by participating in two paid co-op terms.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and aesthetics. For more information, visit NiagaraCollege.ca.
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Niagara College Business Administration – Professional Golf Management (Co-op) students to present donation to Golf Canada’s National Golf in Schools program.
Scott Simmons, Golf Canada CEO, Niagara College Professional Golf Management (Co-op) faculty and students
Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, room E205
Thursday, Nov. 24, 1:30-3 p.m.
Photo-op at 1:30 p.m. with Simmons, followed by remarks to class.