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Play for Life

Play for Life

Continue to reinforce basic and fundamental golf movement skills

At the play for life level, golfers have moved beyond the junior level and continue to reinforce basic and fundamental golf movement skills into adulthood and throughout life.

Golf programs providing play for life experiences in Southern Ohio:

PGA of America Member Professional

Take the steps to become a PGA Member and build your career in golf


PGA of America Professionals are the leaders of the golf industry, with more than 28,000 of them in various positions throughout the nation. To apply for membership with the PGA, you must first complete the PGM Associate Program by passing a Qualifying Test and a Player Ability Test (PAT). They must also prove eligible employment in the industry before applying to the PGM Associate Program.

For more information on becoming a PGA of America Member (through the PGA Associate program), click here.

PGA Golf Management Universities

Earn a degree while becoming an expert in the game and business of golf

The PGA Golf Management University Program provides extensive classroom courses, internship experience and opportunities for player development in a four-and-one-half to five year program for aspiring PGA Professionals. Offered at 18 universities nationwide, the University Program allows students to earn a degree in areas such as Marketing, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Recreation and Park Management, providing them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the golf industry. Upon graduation, students can apply for PGA Membership.

For more information on the PGA Golf Management University Program, click here.


Live Life. Play Golf.

Nextgengolf conducts inclusive team golf tournaments and experiences for young adults, college students and high school students across the country. To enhance golf’s long-term growth, Nextgengolf fills a critical gap—by providing opportunities for not only the elite golfer, but also the everyday golfer, while focusing on high school, college and urban markets that target both Millennials and Gen Z. Nextgengolf has three platforms: the National High School Golf Association (NHSGA), National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) and City Tour—and runs more than 200 team-based golf tournaments nationwide.

For more information on Nextgengolf, click here.


PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative, designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce, funded through PGA REACH.

The PGA WORKS Fellowship provides the opportunity for a one-year, paid immersion in a PGA Section’s Foundation operations. It aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to garner experience in all sides of the golf industry.

The PGA WORKS Fellowship can take place in any of PGA of America’s 41 Sections. PGA REACH Southern Ohio received its first PGA WORKS Fellow in 2018 as a piece of the partnership between PGA REACH and the Nicklaus Companies. Since then, each of the SOPGA Fellows has worked on elevating the PGA REACH Southern Ohio Foundation through assisting with the Junior Tour, PGA Jr. League, Drive, Chip & Putt, and PGA HOPE programs.

For more information on the PGA WORKS Fellowship, click here.

Applications for PGA WORKS Fellowships usually open in the Fall/Winter each year.