Ten students from the Autonomous University of Barcelona,
recently arrived on Coastal Carolina University's campus where they
will spend the next two-and-one-half years completing the requirements
of the unique international component of Coastal's Professional Golf
Management program they began in 1997. Coastal is one of only 10
schools in the United States with an PGM program that has been endorsed
by the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA). More than 120 students
are enrolled in the program. Another group of students from Spain are
scheduled to arrive in January.
In the international component of the program, students study in
Barcelona for the first three years, concentrating on foundation
courses in business and the humanities. For the final two-and-a-half
years, the students travel to Coastal, where they matriculate into the
PGM program to earn a bachelor's degree in marketing.
"It has long been Coastal's mission to bring an international
flavor to our campus," said Coastal President Ronald Ingle. "These
students will be on our campus for more than two years, living in
residence halls with American roommates and interacting with the campus
community. From the outset of the program, the Spanish students wanted
to make sure they were integrated with our student-body so they could
experience what life is like in the United States. At the same time,
our students will have the opportunity to learn about their culture.
This is a situation where everyone benefits."
Along with completing the requirements of a marketing degree,
students will also serve 16 months of internships at area golf courses.
A requirement for admission to the program is proof of a handicap of
eight or less. Students must also complete the Golf Professional
Training Program (GPTP), a three-level independent course on the
business of golf. Those who complete the classwork, internships and
GPTP are on course to obtain their PGA Class A certification. The
Spanish students will be recognized by the Spanish Royal Federation of
Golf and will be awarded its equivalent Class A professional status.
International students participating in Coastal's PGM program
- Ricardo Bescansa-Pous of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Edoardo Caltran of Siena, Italy
- Javier Chavarria-De-Lorenzo of Zaragoza, Spain
- Kostka Horno-Elosegui of Zaragoza, Spain
- Alejandro Larrazabal-Corominas of Barcelona, Spain
- Bernat Llobera-Oliver of Pollena, Spain
- Jose Lizasoain of Malaga, Spain
- Salvador Sauleda of Sant Pol de Mar, Spain
- Daniel Subirana-Mestres of Barcelona, Spain
- Rodrigo Uribe-Guevara of Mexico City, Mexico