Jupiter, Fla. – Gary L. Schaal, past president of the PGA of America, and currently on the board of directors of the National Golf Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the National Institute of Golf Management (NIGM) which will take place January 8-13, 2006.
Schaal has been a leader in the golf course business in South Carolina for over three decades, as a golf professional, golf course owner and operator, and golf course consultant. He owns four courses in South Carolina, including three in the Myrtle Beach area, and one in Virginia (Cannon Ridge Golf Club).
Schaal’s address will touch on the many things he’s learned in his successful career, including golf course construction, management and operations. "We are delighted to have Mr. Schaal address our students this year," said Mark Farrell, NIGM board of regents chairman and executive vice president for Westfield Group Country Club, Westfield, Ohio. "He brings with him a wealth of experience in all facets of the business."
Earlier this year, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) entered into a partnership with NGF and Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in presenting the NIGM. GCSAA, the leading organization for the men and women who manage and maintain golf facilities, will work with the NGF and Oglebay to further enhance the curriculum and promote the NIGM to a variety of constituents.
The NIGM was established in 1984 by the NGF and Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va. It is designed for golf facility owners, managers and other key personnel to develop excellence in golf facility operations. It combines a top-notch curriculum with an abundance of faculty and colleague interaction.
The NIGM is accredited by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the PGA of America, the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the LPGA. Students can earn continuing education credits through North Carolina State University’s Professional Golf Management degree program. More than 1,000 NIGM graduates over the past 21 years are employed in golf facilities across the U.S.
For more information, visit www.ngf.org/nigm. For more information about GCSAA, visit www.gcsaa.org.