From the PGA
PGA of America and CBS Sports Present “Golf Journeys: A Celebration of PGA Professionals” on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 24
2021 PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Jamie Mulligan, PGA, & 2021 KPMG Women's PGA Champion Nelly Korda work together on the range.
In partnership with the PGA of America, the CBS Television Network and CBS Sports Network will air “Golf Journeys: A Celebration of PGA Professionals,” an inspirational look at career opportunities in the golf industry. The one-hour special—narrated by James Brown and debuting on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network —follows notable PGA Members who turned their passions into a profession. The show will also air in primetime on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).
The show profiles both national-award-winning PGA Members and a new generation of PGA Professionals employed in roles throughout the golf industry. Among those featured is the 2021 PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Jamie Mulligan, PGA, General Manager/CEO at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, California. His career has encompassed all three career paths within the PGA of America: Teaching & Coaching, Golf Operations and Executive Management.
Also featured is Maulana Dotch, PGA, General Manager at Hermann Park Golf Course in Houston, Texas, who became the first African-American female PGA Member to serve as a General Manager of a golf facility.
“Through our partnership with CBS Sports, ‘Golf Journeys: A Celebration of PGA Professionals’ allows us to share an extensive look at the dynamic career paths in the industry through the success stories of some of our extraordinary PGA Members,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “They represent the spirit of our nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals, and serve as inspiration for the next generation of Members who will follow in their footsteps.”
Other PGA Professionals featured in the show include:
- Tom Wildenhaus, PGA - 2021 PGA Golf Professional of the Year and PGA Director of Golf at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
- Joe Assell, PGA - 2021 PGA Executive of the Year and President & CEO/Founder of GOLFTEC in Englewood, Colorado.
- Twin Warriors & Santa Ana Golf Clubs - This Native-American owned golf facility in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico employs nine PGA Members and an Associate working across all career paths - highlighted by PGA General Manager/Director of Golf Derek Gutierrez, a member of the PGA Board of Directors; PGA Director of Instruction Sandy Lemon; PGA Head Professionals Zach Hoefel and Dave Brown; and PGA Coach Jason Montoya.
- Jabir Bilal, PGA - Winner of the 2021 Georgia PGA Section Championship while a PGA Coach in Atlanta, Bilal is now a PGA Coach in the Northern California PGA Section at Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course in Castro Valley.
- Lindsay Hoskins, PGA and Yong Joo, PGA- Two accomplished PGA Coaches at Topgolf facilities in Las Vegas and Washington D.C.-Loudon respectively, both with a passion to attract new players to the game.
- Andrew and Sara Stephens, PGA - Husband and wife who are golf facility Owner/Operators at the Stephens Golf Center in the Kentucky PGA Section. Together, they cover all of the roles of management, operations and coaching.
- Jericho & Johnlen Trianna, PGA - An inspiring story of a mother and son who both graduated from the PGA Golf Management University program at New Mexico State in 2016. They now coach at The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Virginia.
- Tele Wightman, PGA - PGA Director of Golf at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, who coached Team Utah to victory at the 2021 National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship.