Earlier this month, nine students from the PGA International Golf Institute (PGA IGI) got to experience professional tournament golf from a different perspective, as caddies and volunteers at the Australian PGA Championship.
Students were able to rub shoulders with professional golfers across the week, including 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and this year’s Australian PGA Champion, Cameron Smith.
Played at RACV Royal Pines Resort, the Australian PGA Championships is one of the premium professional golf tournaments in the country. The annual tournament is the final stop for the PGA Tour of Australia each year, and is a tri-sanctioned tournament with the European Tour and Asian Tour.
This was a unique experience for many of the students during the week, particularly the International students studying with us in 2017.
“It is great to see students getting a behind the ropes and behind the scenes experience each year at the Australian PGA Championship,” said Luke Bryden, PGA IGI Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager.
“For students who got to caddy during the week, it allows them to see what it is like to play golf as a professional for a living. It provides the students with an understanding of the skill levels and mindset they need to get their golf game to, should this be a career path they want to pursue.”
Six students caddied over the four days for players from the European and Asian Tours, who had flown to Australia without their regular caddies for the tournament.
“Having a role in one of Australia’s largest golf tournaments enabled the students to see the variety of personnel needed on the ground at such an event,” explained Bryden. “It allows the students to see in practice at a professional golf event, what they discussed, practiced and learnt during their studies in the Diploma of Golf Management with PGA IGI.”
This is a memory and experience that students can take with them from their time in Australia and with the PGA IGI. In 2018, students studying with the PGA IGI will again have the opportunity to volunteer and caddy at the Australian PGA Championship.
Will you be one of those students in 2018?