When you think of New Mexico State golf, you think of Rich Beem and Alena Sharp. Both are former Aggies and both are on the PGA tour. Beem, an El Paso native, put NMSU golf on the map when he shocked the world by winning the 2002 PGA Championship.
NMSU continues to have a rich history with players on the course, but it is what the Aggies are doing off the course and in the classroom that is gaining momentum across the country.
The NMSU PGA Golf Management program is a specialization offered through the Marketing Department. It is the third program in the nation to be endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Accociation of America (PGA) in 1987. It is one of a limited number of programs fully accredited and endorsed by the PGA.
The 4½-year PGA Golf Management Program leads to a BBA with a major in Marketing and a specialization in Golf Management. The program prepares graduates for careers as PGA members at various golf facilities and golf industry positions.
NMSU is one of the few PGA Golf Management universities to own a golf course. Las Cruces has hosted numerous NCAA championships, Callaway PGA Junior Series tournaments, USGA and Section PGA Championships. NMSU conducts more than 50 PGA Golf Management sanctioned golf tournaments in an academic year, paying out more than $120,000 in scholarships, prize money and gift certificates.