What do Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Mike Weir and Georgian College’s golf programs have in common? They were all were in Florida over Reading Week to play some golf, enjoy the sun and take in a deep breath of the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. While the best golfers in the world competed for millions of dollars in prize money, our students enjoyed a million-dollar experience.
Two different groups of students made the trip to Florida and each participated in a unique itinerary.

Students visited the Golf Channel studios as part of fun, sun and learning in Florida.

First-year Golf Management degree students visited the Golf Channel studios, the headquarters of Jack Nicklaus Golf Course Design, attended the first round of the Honda Classic PGA Tour event, and toured the maintenance facilities at the Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Diploma students traded the classroom for the driving range and learned more about the fine art of instruction through completing their Golf Skill Development course. All students were treated to a number of rounds of golf on world-class facilities.

In addition to the educational aspects of the trip, this year’s Florida visit had the added intensity of the first annual Degree Versus Diploma match play tournament. Congratulations to degree program students for taking the inaugural event in a playoff!

Both the four-year Bachelor of Business – Golf Management degree and two-year Golf Facilities Operation Management diploma students enjoy these experiential trips as part of their programs. There are also additional trips to Florida and a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the birthplace of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland.

For more information on the fun in the sun, contact Tim Zado at ext. 1238 or e-mail tzado@georgiancollege.ca.

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