Fourteen PGA Professionals Earn Advanced Certification

By | June 13th, 2018

The managers from private and public clubs throughout the country have completed the requirements to achieve advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 in one or more categories, including General Management, Golf Operations and Teaching & Coaching.


The PGA of America announced that 14 PGA Professionals have completed the requirements to achieve advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0), an achievement that is aimed at further enhancing the skillset of PGA Professionals and advancing career opportunities.

The PGA’s enhanced, all-digital training and education curriculum, PGA CPP 2.0 is a state-of-the-art platform that ensures PGA Members have the skills, competencies, and training demanded by employers and customers throughout the golf industry. Since the PGA Certified Professional Program’s original inception in 2004, a total of 1,467 PGA Professionals have earned a combined 2,541 certifications in their desired career paths.

Designed with direct input from employers and industry experts to immediately enhance the expertise and performance of PGA Members in the workplace, PGA CPP 2.0 is an intuitive program available on that offers certifications in Golf Operations, General Management, Player Development and Teaching & Coaching.

These distinct certification programs encompass seven defined Career Paths (Golf Operations, Retail, General Management, Executive Management, Ownership and Leasing, Teaching & Coaching, and Player Development), supporting PGA Members who are committed to continuously enhancing their golf management skills, in order to stay ahead of the increasing demands of the industry.

These PGA Professionals recently achieved certifications in one (or more) of four categories:

General Management

  • Gary Botkin, PGA, Prior Lake, Minn.
    Stonebrooke Golf Club, Minnesota PGA Section
  • Kenneth Johnson, PGA, Hingham, Mass.
    Hatherly Country Club, New England PGA Section
  • Brian Phelps, PGA, Canton, Conn.
    Golf Club of Avon, Connecticut PGA Section
  • Nicholas Pollock, PGA, Shoreline, Wash.
    Seattle Golf Club, Pacific Northwest PGA Section

Golf Operations

  • Kirk Gleason, PGA, Renton, Wash.
    Maplewood Golf Course, Pacific Northwest PGA Section
  • Vincent Pulizzano Jr., PGA, Brookfield, Wis.
    Westmoor Country Club, Wisconsin PGA Section
  • Sean Racki, PGA, Philadelphia, Miss.
    Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, Gulf States PGA Section
  • David Vazquez, PGA, Raleigh, N.C.
    The Hasentree Club, Carolinas PGA Section

Teaching & Coaching

  • Stephen Caruso, PGA, Peabody, Mass.
    Ferncroft Country Club, New England PGA Section
  • Brent Johnson, PGA, Venetia, Pa.
    Lindenwood Golf Course, Tri-State PGA Section
  • Evan Moser, PGA, Greensboro, N.C.
    Greensboro Country Club (Irving Park), Carolinas PGA Section
  • Michael Robinson, PGA, Wayland, Mass.
    Shelter Harbor Golf Club, New England PGA Section
  • David Thompson, PGA, Avon, Colo.
    Red Sky Golf Club (Norman), Colorado PGA Section
  • Michael Valicenti, PGA, Jupiter, Fla.
    Jonathan’s Landing At Old Trail, South Florida PGA Section

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