Student Writes of Florida Experience
November 14, 2012

by Craig Seeler – 2nd Year Degree Student

The year 2, Bachelor of Business Golf Management, Game Imrovement II trip to Florida was enjoyed by the students from October 21st, through October 28th. Our week was spent at the gorgeous Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee, Florida and included five 18 hole rounds, two nine hole rounds, and an abundance of practice and learning time.

Students in their Game Improvement II class

We began our week in the sun by playing nine holes at Crane’s Bend golf course before enjoying a wonderful dinner at River Island Grilling Company. Monday morning opened with our first full 18 hole round on The Legends golf course. The class enjoyed warm temperatures and were very enthusiastic about the week to come.

The next four days were part of the key learning objectives for the week. Each day began with a book report by a group of students, a small training session put on by the students, and free practice time on the range. We would then break off into our designated teams to compete in a Ryder cup event. Each day had a different format which helped us to better understand how to keep each game of golf interesting and exciting. The formats included scramble, shamble, best ball and singles. Each round was completed with a post round reflection which allowed each golfer the opportunity to look back on their game to discover issue patterns that were surfacing and where their game was strong overall.

The week was focused on developing our understanding of the game, and how to properly prepare practice sessions in our future careers in the golf industry. The class enjoyed a private lesson with touring professional, Ian Doig, who discussed topics such as tournament preparation, practice, and short game techniques. Doug Wilson, Kim Ball, and Sue Lemon worked very hard before our trip to plan our weekly itinerary, as well as during our trip to ensure we stayed on point and were enjoying our time down south.

Students with Canadian Touring Professional Ian Doig

On behalf of the Bachelor of Business Golf Management class, I would like to thank everyone involved in making this trip a huge success. These opportunities are exclusive to Georgian College and allow us to learn in fun and effective ways. They strengthen our connection with the golf industry on an international basis and really set Georgian College apart from other golf programs. They allow us to re-focus our attention to our games, all while enjoying the best courses the United States has to offer. Without these opportunities to develop our international knowledge and learn in new ways, our graduates would not be as well rounded, and excited to be in the industry as they are.