Courtesy PGA of America
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – On the heels of updating its education curriculum to ensure that PGA members are prepared to meet the growing demands of the current marketplace, The PGA of America announced that eight PGA Professionals have completed the requirements to achieve certification through the advanced PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0). Among this list is PGA TOUR and Champions Tour golfer Bobby Clampett, who became the first Tour player to ever achieve advanced certification from the CPP 2.0 program, with a career path in Instruction.
"I always had a passion for teaching," said Clampett, who won the 1982 Southern Open and is a golf author, television commentator, course architect and founder of Impact Zone Golf in Bonita Springs, Fla. "It is not tradition any more for Tour players to become instructors and to do it while you are still playing [is something I am proud of] ... Becoming a PGA Certified Professional is a very good thing to do. I look at it as a partnership. I want to work with The PGA of America. I believe we are going to really improve instruction, and we are going to make a difference."
Serving as The PGA's enhanced, all-digital training and education curriculum, PGA CPP 2.0 is aligned with the goals of the Golf 2.0 strategic initiative to give PGA members a state-of-the-art skillset to grow the game of golf. PGA CPP 2.0 is an online, career-enhancing solution that ensures that PGA members have the skills, competencies and job requirements demanded by employers and customers throughout the golf industry.
The following PGA Professionals recently achieved certifications in one of four categories:
Bobby Clampett, PGA - Bonita Springs, Fla., PGA Tour, Champions Tour (Instruction)
Nathan Ollhoff, PGA - Eden Prairie, Minn., Interlachen Country Club, Minnesota PGA Section (Golf Operations)
Youngju Park, PGA - San Diego, Calif., Tecolote Canyon G.C., Southern California PGA Section (Golf Operations)
Amanda Arciero, PGA - Boynton Beach, Fla., The Polo Club of Boca Raton, South Florida PGA Section (Golf Operations)
Thomas Barksdale, PGA - Orinda (Calif.) C.C., Northern California PGA Section (Golf Operations)
Joshua Coccagna, PGA - Bend, Ore., Pronghorn Club & Resort, Pacific Northwest PGA Section (Golf Operations)
Brad Hansen, PGA - Blanchard, Idaho, StoneRidge Golf Club, Pacific Northwest PGA Section (General Management)
Paul Vasquez, PGA - Barrigada, Guam, Navy Golf Course (Golf Operations)
"It is The PGA of America's responsibility to ensure PGA Professionals have the necessary skill sets that will enable them to lead the growth of the golf industry, while focusing on what matters most; growing customers and improving profitability for their employers," said PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt, The PGA's Director of Education. "Feedback from our membership about the enhanced education curriculum, highlighted by CPP 2.0, has been extremely positive. By providing a more flexible learning environment, we are operating in the best interests of PGA members, while truly supporting career goals and aspirations."