Thirteen PGA Professionals Enhance Their Skills With Advanced Certifications Through The New PGA CPP 2.0 Training Program‏


The PGA of America announced that 13 PGA Professionals have completed the requirements to achieve advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0), a valuable achievement that is aimed at further enhancing the skillset of PGA Professionals and advancing career opportunities.

Serving as the PGA’s enhanced, all-digital training and education curriculum, PGA CPP 2.0 is a state-of-the-art platform that ensures that PGA members have the skills, competencies and training demanded by employers and customers throughout the golf industry.

Since the PGA Certified Professional Program’s original inception in 2004, a total of 1,024 PGA Professionals have earned a combined 1,863 certifications in their desired career paths.

“PGA Professionals from all 41 Sections nationwide continue to pursue advanced certifications through the CPP 2.0 program, reinforcing that our members recognize the importance of continuing education that will help them adapt to today’s market conditions,” said PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt, senior director of Education and Employment for the PGA of America.

Designed with direct input from employers and industry experts to immediately enhance the expertise and performance of PGA members in the workplace, PGA CPP 2.0 is an intuitive program available on that offers certifications in Golf Operations, General Management, Player Development and Teaching & Coaching.

These four distinct certification programs encompass seven defined Career Paths (Golf Operations, Retail, General Management, Executive Management, Ownership and Leasing, Golf Instruction and Player Development) –supporting PGA members who are committed to continuously enhancing their golf management skills, in order to stay ahead of the increasing demands of the industry.

The following PGA Professionals recently achieved certifications in one (or more) of four categories:

· Tyler R. Caviness, PGA, of Lexington, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky PGA Section (Teaching & Coaching)

· Martin E. Nowicki, PGA, of Syracuse, N.Y. – Turning Stone Resort Casino, Central New York PGA Section (Teaching & Coaching)

· Gary T. Haught, PGA, of Roanoke, Va. – Blue Hills Golf Club, Middle Atlantic PGA Section (Golf Operations)

· Daniel I. Hernandez, PGA, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif. – Valencia Country Club, Southern California PGA Section (Teaching & Coaching)

· Nathan Donggyu Kang, PGA, of Tamuning, Guam – Unaffiliated (Teaching & Coaching)

· Andrew T. Freeman, PGA, of Louisville, Ky. – Valhalla Golf Club, Kentucky PGA Section (Golf Operations)

· Timothy P. Eckstein, PGA, of Greenville, S.C. – Furman University Golf Course, Carolinas PGA Section (General Management)

· Eric T. Hester, PGA, of Cohutta, Ga. – Nob North Golf Course, Georgia PGA Section (Golf Operations)

· Ashley B. Hayden, PGA, of University Park, Fla. – University Park Country Club, North Florida PGA Section (Golf Operations)

· Jason M. Rockhold, PGA, of Charlotte, N.C. – Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc., Carolinas PGA Section (Player Development)

· Matthew C. Williamson, PGA, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – TPC Sawgrass, North Florida PGA Section (Golf Operations)

· Daniel W. Baker, PGA, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. – Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course, Philadelphia PGA Section (General Management)

· Jon D. Strecher, PGA, of Los Alamos, Calif. – Monarch Dunes Golf Club, Southern California PGA Section (Golf Operations)

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