Seven PGA Professionals Enhance Skills With Certified Professional Program

PGA of America


Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | 4:29 p.m.

With the latest rounds of the PGA Proficiency Test completed at the end of June, seven PGA Professionals received nine certifications from The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) Certified Professional Program.

The PGA Certified Professional Program is an online educational curriculum that supports PGA Professionals who are committed to continuously enhancing their golf management skills in order to stay ahead of the increasing demands of the industry. Since the program’s inception in August 2004, 658 PGA Professionals have earned a total of 1,280 certifications in related career paths, including General Management, Golf Operations, Instruction, Retail, Executive Management and Ownership/Leasing.

The online learning approach ensures broad access to the program, while reducing the time and travel costs associated with traditional classes. Currently the most popular career paths are Golf Operations and General Management. Classes with the highest enrollment are accounting, business planning and budgeting, turfgrass management and customer relations.

Editors Note: The following list includes the names and affiliations of PGA members who recently obtained certification. For interviews or additional information on the following Certified PGA Professionals please contact Shannon Boozman at 561/624-7671 or

Recently Certified Professionals (* previously earned certification):

Michael A. DeJordy, Island Country Club, Marco Island, Fla. (Executive Management, Golf Operations* and General Management*)
Christopher M. Duquette, Grand Haven Golf Club, Palm Coast, Fla. (Golf Operations and General Management)
Gregory Nikolai, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Racine, Wis. (General Management, Instruction*, Retail* and Golf Operations*)
Peter M. Norwood, Cheyenne Country Club, Cheyenne, Wyo. (Instruction)
Keith E. Soriano, City Park Golf Course, Denver, Colo. (Retail, General Management*, Executive Management* and Golf Operations*)
Mark E. Thush, Desert Mountain/Cochise/Geronimo, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Golf Operations)
James C. Vaughn, Denver, Colo. (Instruction and Golf Operations)