» About the Program
» Related Links
Our graduates have found success across the country at the nation's top green grass facilities to the world's leading club manufacturing companies. You will also find them leading companies outside of the golf industry as our graduates have been introduced to arenas outside of golf and have become very successful. If you have a passion for the game of golf and a desire to be involved with golf as a career, there is not a better place in the country to help you obtain your goals. The PGA Golf Management Program has graduated over 1,000 students from Methodist University.
Now in his 10th year as the director of golf at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club, which was named one of the top 10 new private clubs in the country in 2004 by Golf Digest, Kevin Roberts still thinks about the great times he had in his senior year at Methodist, when he roomed with friends Lee Burrows, Brian Bishop and Jonathan Flynn in an on-campus apartment. And even though he graduated almost 20 years ago, he still speaks with Director Jerry Hogge every few months.
“I could write a book about Mr. Hogge and all of the ways he has helped me,” Roberts said. “Mr. Hogge was a great mentor while I was at Methodist and I learned a great deal in the classes he taught. But he has been even more instrumental in my development as a golf professional since I have left school.”
In 1995, Roberts applied for a position at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., but when he made it to the interview stage, he couldn’t afford to fly down. “Mr. Hogge talked to the director of golf at The Dunes Club, Cliff Mann, and persuaded him to give me a phone interview,” Roberts said. “I got the job from the phone interview and believe it was the opening I needed to move in the direction of the private golf sector and eventually secure a job like the one I currently hold. I know I wouldn’t have gotten that position without the help of Mr. Hogge and I am forever grateful to him for that.”
Now, Roberts does his part to pass along some of the help that he received, whether as an employer of MU interns, or when he talks to young golfers about choosing Methodist University.
A member of the women’s golf team during her time at Methodist, Marianne Atwell calls Coach Kim Kincer “an inspiration,” and considers golf team practices the most memorable and enjoyable times she had on campus. “She always had time for us and loved us no matter how crazy we may have made her,” Atwell said. “She is a big reason I decided to go back to school and obtain my MBA.” Atwell has kept in touch with Kincer and others in the program, especially through the annual PGA Show in Florida, where the Golf Management staff also puts together a special gathering for MU alumni.
“I enjoy seeing all of the staff at the show, and the fact that the Methodist booth is always the busiest – with alumni and current students as well as potential employers – reminds me that I chose the best PGM school possible,” she said.
In June, Atwell will graduate with her MBA from Marylhurst University. She said Kincer taught her to continuously reach for new opportunities, and never to stop.
Before joining Pebble Beach two and a half years ago, Atwell was an assistant buyer for more than three years at Macy’s in New York City. Prior to that, she was an assistant golf professional at two clubs. In 2006, she received her PGA membership. At Pebble Beach, Atwell buys the hardgoods for all of the golf shops on the resort’s four courses, as well as the women’s golf apparel and the merchandise for the kids’ shop. She also sees other MU alumni there from time to time, like recent graduates Mike Duncan and Caleb Wilson, who were hired on as assistant professionals after their internships ended in the fall.
“Methodist has a great reputation for quality students and graduates at Pebble Beach because of past students who have done their internships here,” Atwell said.
Growing up playing golf at Chevy Chase Club, Billy Hoffman chose Methodist when he decided golf would be his career path. Now entering his sixth year at Westwood Country Club, which just underwent a $10 million course renovation, he was also the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA Section Assistant Professional Association Player of the Year. As a student, he interned at Four Streams Golf Club, Columbia Country Club and Congressional Country Club, where he was hired after graduation and where he received his Class A PGA membership in 2006.
“I spent three years at Congressional, where I learned every aspect of a golf operation and had the opportunity to be involved in the operations of two PGA Tour events,” Hoffman said. “My passion for teaching exploded during my time at Congressional, where I taught nearly 400 lessons a year, conducted several one-week long junior golf camps and taught over 20 golf clinics a year.”
After joining Westwood, his passion for playing also flourished. “I have learned to enjoy every aspect of the game and respect everything it stands for,” Hoffman said. “I love to compete in local and national tournaments and continue to thrive on the challenges and rewards of teaching. I consider myself a perpetual student of the game.” Where ever he goes, Hoffman said, he always finds a Methodist graduate in the golf program.
“If you are passionate about golf and truly love the game, Methodist is hands down the best place you can go,” he said. “My time at Methodist was a lot of fun. I enjoyed all the golf courses within one hour of Fayetteville, I made friendships that will last a lifetime and found a beautiful wife as well!”
James Ondo is the head professional at The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., but his career has taken him all over the United States. Before his current position, he worked as an assistant professional at Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville, N.C.; The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla.; and Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. As a student, he interned at St. Clair Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana in Princeton, N.J.; and Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Ondo was also a member of the men’s golf team when he was a student, and says he enjoyed the fraternity and camaraderie of the team and the PGM Program. “Being able to go ‘downback’ to work on my game and play golf with my fellow ‘PGM Boys,’ as Dr. Marr lovingly referred to us, each day was priceless,” Ondo said. “I could not have had a better opportunity to develop as a player and teacher than I had with Methodist’s world-class facilities. My experiences representing Methodist as a student-athlete were also very rewarding. Competing on a nationally ranked team, while traveling the country with Coach Conley and four of my best friends, was truly a special experience.”
Ondo said Conley and Jerry Hogge had an immense impact on his life and career and that Hogge is a mentor who he calls regularly and continues to look to for help navigating the golf industry. He credits Conley for instilling players with a commitment to excellence and always demanding that they have respect for the community, school, teammates and themselves.
The rest of the PGM staff from his time at Methodist also have a place in Ondo’saccolades, people who he said inspired him daily to be a better person and student athlete. “Sharon Kerr, David Durham, Kim Kincer, Charles Koonce, and Bernie Krick are remarkable individuals,” Ondo said. “The PGM staff was more of a family than a faculty. There is not a day that goes by in the golf industry where I do not reflect on something I learned from each of those staff members. Being able to see the PGM staff, along with the president of our university, each year at the PGA Show is also very special to me.”
One of Scott Reilly’s first golf jobs was working with Bernie Krick on the driving rangeon campus. “He was stern yet appreciative, and never shy to let you know of a teaching moment and what he expected,” Reilly said. “He was a great role model and I learned a lot about club repair and fitting.”
Since then, Reilly has gone on to become the head golf professional at Philadelphia County Club, where he has been since February 2012. His previous positions were at The County Club in Brookline, Mass., where he completed his last internship and worked for the last seven years, and The Jim McLean Golf School at Doral in Miami, Fla., where he spent two winters and became a certified instructor.
One of his more memorable moments at Methodist was playing in the Hogge Shootout with his friends, cheering for matching that came down to the last three holes. “It was always so much fun,” Reilly said. “And then, we’d go out afterwards and celebrate whether we won or lost.” From his first days at Methodist, Reilly said he appreciated the honesty that Jerry Hogge gave the students.
“He told it like it is, wanted the best for us, but gave perspective that you need to have patience and work hard,” he said. “Classes that he taught were always fun, whether he would reflect on one of his past experiences, tell of another student, or a real world situation he knew of. He cares so much for the program and the students, it was always a pleasure when we got to see him come down on the range and talk to everyone with his big smile and laugh.”
As the director of Junior Golf for the Southern Texas PGA, Thomas Hutton is helping to spread the game to the next generation of players. There, he oversees and manages one of the largest junior golf programs in the country, with 3,000 junior golf members ages 6-18 years old and 300 junior golf tournaments a year.
Hutton got a small taste of event planning when he was at Methodist, where he ran and organized Easter Jam for two years. He says this was one his most memorable experiences on campus. “It allowed me to give the student body an unbelievable event on campus with some amazing music,” he said. “It also allowed me to work closely with a lot of staff and students on campus.”
Hutton credits Jerry Hogge for a lot of his motivation as a student, and as an alumnus. “He always had his door open to talk about anything and since I have graduated, he’s been a big help in my professional career with advice and direction when I needed it,” he said.
To view an interactive map for locations of our Alumni please Click Here
Please contact Mrs. Lee if any changes or updates need to be made to the interactive map.