Mark Maroste, Associate Director of Auxiliary Services and Manager of the Portage Lake Golf Course was elected to Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America membership after completing the Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program in 2012. The PGA PGM Program can take up to eight years to complete and involves passing three knowledge level tests, a Player Ability Test, and accumulating 36 work experience credits.
The Level 1 Seminar courses include Business Planning, Customer Relations, Introduction to Teaching/Club Performance and Tournament Operations. Golf Car Fleet Management is a self-study course during the first level.
The Level 2 Seminar courses include Golf Operations, Intermediate Teaching/Club Alteration, and Merchandising and Inventory Management. Turfgrass Management is a self-study course during the second level.
The Level 3 Seminar courses include Advanced Teaching/Golf Club Fitting, Player Development/Teaching Business, and Supervising and Delegating. Food and Beverage, Human Resources, and Career Enhancement are self-study courses during the third level. Completing each level includes attending five days of seminars, completing a web-based work experience portfolio, and passing a test before being allowed to advance to the next level and repeating the process until the third level is passed. Once elected, a member must earn 36 credits every two years to maintain membership.
By becoming a PGA Class A Teaching Professional, Mark is able to elevate the status of the Portage Lake Golf Course’s teaching program. Paul Sintkowski, Assistant Golf Professional, is currently on Level 1 and plans to continue to go through the levels to full membership.
Once Certified, members are encouraged by the PGA to continue their education in the Master Professional Program. The Master Professional Program is the PGA’s highest designation PGA Professionals must have eight years of PGA membership to achieve PGA Master Professional status.
For more information on Mark and the Portage Lake Golf Course, please visit the PLGC website.