By Henji Milius
Four senior students, from the Professional Golf Management program at Humber’s Lakeshore campus, were at the Toronto Golf and Travel Show this week to talk about their program and some new golf equipment systems.
“Our golf lab is still pretty good. We have two hitting bases and the same putting system Tiger Woods used,” said Jamie Vinear, 26, a third-year PGM student, at the event which took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 4-6.
Vinear said other cutting-edge technologies and facilities such as the vector system, an improved swing lab, force plates, a simulator and a launch monitor are coming later this year to the lab.
Ray Chateau, program co-ordinator of the Business Administration of Professional Golf Management, said Humber was attending the event because “program awareness is our number one objective.”
David Circelli, 21, a third-year PGM student, said he thinks the program is “great” in providing business knowledge and practical training.
According to Circelli, the program “offers a variety of courses, it’s a program where you learn business and it caters to the golf industry.”
Alex Geick, 21, a third-year PGM student, said “Ray knows people from everywhere and has a lot of contacts.”
And finally, Kris Wetzstein, 21, a third-year PGM student, said “90 percent of the program is spent learning the business of golf and 10 per cent is for golf training.”
“A lot of new stuffs are on sale at Golf Town. All the latest clubs and leading manufacturers are here and many travel destinations that students can explore,” said Amanda Wedgewood, marketing and communications co-ordinator for Metroland.
“Puma is about sport lifestyle. We bring joy back into the game. And it’s all about having fun,” Peter Chiapetta, sport marketing co-ordinator, said on the selection of Puma shoes with colorful leather and synthetic fabrics.
Nancy Lopez, the most famous and recognizable woman in golf, had her vibrant fashion collection at the show with colors ranging from pink, purple, blue, and white to black.
Golf isn’t just for an older generation. It appeals to college age students as well.
“We offer good price points for students. The entire collection is not just for old ladies. We also have university apparel,” said Sue Gallaghan, a sales director at the Nancy Lopez golf store in Waterloo.