Faculty Spotlight on Steve Adamiak
Chances are pretty high that if you’re reading this, you love golf. Perhaps you’ve played a variety of sports throughout your life but golf ultimately won your affection over all the others. If this sounds like you, I’m sure you can relate to Steve Adamiak, a longtime faculty member at our Temecula campus, and Director of Instruction at the Redhawk Golf Club. Like you, Steve’s love of golf began early. Adamiak shared with us, “I’ve been playing golf since I was 6 years old. My dad and grandma used to take me out on a par 3 course as a kid.” He continues, “I was involved in all kinds of sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, and football, but have always been passionate about golf.”
Looking back at his early athletic career feels like a walk down memory lane, back when we had nothing but time to be outside. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that somewhere in that nostalgic moment is the origin of the golf professional in all of us; the person who wants to build a career in one of history’s most celebrated sports and retain that sense of play in our daily life as we grow older. Adamiak continues, “I started working as a caddy at a club when I was 13 years old, and have worked in the industry ever since.” Getting such an early start means that Steve has already been playing for over three decades, which is exactly the kind of thing you want to hear about the person who teaches our Techniques of Golf Teaching I, and Clinic Planning courses.
Over the last 25 years he has worked at public courses, private courses, golf schools, and driving ranges beginning in Des Moines, Iowa, where he also earned his degree in Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Iowa. Adamiak recalls, “After college I went to Amelia Island, Florida for 5 years, on to Long Island, New York for 2 seasons, and then Southern California for the past 10 years.” Covering such a diverse geographical area over all these years has allowed him to observe an array of practices and environments, equipping him with an adaptability that he passes along to students. And you have to admit, whatever he’s doing is really working...after all,Steve was the recipient of the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award for the Southern California P.G.A. Inland Empire Chapter, a cherished moment in his lengthy career.
A PGA member for the past 12 years, he still has great memories of winning a high school state championship and making a double eagle in his golf career but, in his words, “I love teaching the game and am most proud of the relationships I have with my middle school and high school students who desire to play the game at a high level.” He concluded, “The best thing about golf to me is the feeling of making a difference and bringing some happiness to people on a daily basis.”
PGCC and UW Stout Partnership Still Growing Strong
When Dr. Tim Somerville launched the Professional Golfers Career College he had several ingredients in mind. Basically,"Doc", as he is affectionately called, wanted to build a school where students of all ages and backgrounds could earn an associate degree in Professional Golf Management, learn the games’ important fundamentals, and all the while, let golfers play the game.
“Golf is a lifetime passion, and in some cases an escape from the world, “ Doc says. “The positive experience one gains from golf can be based on many things like how a course is managed, operated and maintained.”
“As we were constructing our three campuses in Temecula (California), Hilton Head (South Carolina), and Orlando (Florida) and fine tuning our two year associate degree I realized that in time we would need to find a partner so students and families could explore a four-year golf management degree. We needed an educational relationship.”
Enter the University of Wisconsin Stout, and Kris Schoonover.
In 2005 the School of Hospitality Leadership in Menomonie, Wisconsin introduced a golf management curriculum at the request of golf industry leaders and The National Golf Course Owners Association and the board of the NGCOA unanimously endorsed the Golf Enterprise Management degree. The program needed a director and someone who could implement the vision of UW-Stout. That director is Kris Schoonover.
Kris has spent a lifetime in the world of golf as a player, coach, and consultant. When she finds time to break away from the rigors of directing an educational golf program she spends many hours on the administrative staff of Erin Hills, a southeastern Wisconsin facility that hosted the 2011 United States Amateur and is poised to be the stage for the U.S. Open in 2017.
Somerville and Schoonover began talking about a partnership in 2007 and in 2008 it became a reality. The University of Wisconsin Stout welcomed PGCC as a full- fledged educational associate and it enabled PGCC students to further their golf education, transfer credits, and work towards a four-year college degree in golf management.
“We were so supportive of this proposal,” explains Schoonover. “PGCC offers a terrific faculty and staff and first rate facilities at all three of their campuses. Because their curriculum was so conducive to success in the golf industry, and the challenges that are ahead for us, this proved to be a total fit for both of our institutions.”
UW-Stout formatted its golf curriculum to enhance the PGCC experience. Credits from a student’s 16-month program at PGCC transfers to UW-Stout and enable a student to earn a Bachelor Degree in Golf Enterprise Management. Following the completion of the PGCC Professional Golf Management program, students can begin their golf career and take the UW-Stout classes online, advancing their career while continuing to work.
“It makes for terrific educational flexibility,” Schoonover says. “After taking the classes at PGCC and jumping into the golf industry, we enable students to earn and learn with online study.” UW-Stout offers extensive study in human resource management, country club management, retailing and merchandising products, and member services and development, just to name a few. Mike Hughes, Executive Director and CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association, endorsed the PGCC UW-Stout relationship and agreed it is the perfect match.
Hughes shared, “Because of the hospitality programs, the excellent customer service offerings and the emphasis on applied learning this is a very beneficial association.”
Fall 2013 Commencement
Congratulations to our Fall 2013 Graduates! Graduation ceremonies for all of the PGCC campuses were held to honor the students who have successfully completed their 16 month curriculum and earned their Specialized Associate's Degree in Professional Golf Management.
All PGCC graduates leave their respective campuses with a thorough understanding of the business of golf. As part of their educational career at PGCC, students engage in various areas of study to include marketing, business management, food and beverage, and golf course design, to name a few. These areas of study help prepare golf college graduates for the professional golf industry and all that it entails. Many students are quickly sought out by highly regarded golf courses across America and around the world for their breadth of knowledge that makes them uniquely qualified for various positions.
Although it is hard to say goodbye to these great men and women we have come to know so well, we wish them the best in their future endeavors!
Temecula CampusGeoffrey E. Buchanan
John R. Calhoon
Andrew R. Carlson
Qiushou “Lian” Duan
Benjamin W. Greenwell
**Harrison A. Heublein
*Corey M. Huber
Jordan B. Johnson
*Ronald D. Miersma
Logan A. Navellier
Gregory J. Ochoa
Alexander G. Romcevich
*Christopher D. Roraback
Thitivut “Todd” Rungphanarat
Dominic M. Schuler
Seung Ho “Kenneth” Shin
*Michael W. Soerensen
Jordan W. Thomas
*Timothy G. Turner
**Shaun M. Whelan
Jiaming “Lucy” Yu
* Denotes a Graduate With Honors
** Denotes Valedictorian or Co-Valedictorian
Hilton Head CampusChristopher R. Bain
Daniel P. Boisvert
Marcus H. Campos
Michael P. Caris
**Matthew A. Eisenmenger
Tyler R. Fago
Riley O. Hansen
Brian A. Helms
Richard A. Hove Jr.
Timothy C. Junis
*Jeremy W. Kalnbach
Jonathan J. Killion
Shane A. Kinney
Chad L. McDade
Randall D. Melton
Christopher R. Moylan
Robert F. O’Leary
Mary Grace Reynolds
Ryan D. Roberts
*Seth W. Rockwell
Michael A. Sparks
Brian D. Tabb
Travis D. Titus
Lee Malcom Wilburn
Dylan W. Wright
Orlando CampusJoshua Baker
Mathew K Wisley