Head Golf Pro
Interim Facilities Manager
Golf Grounds Superintendent
Tony is a 1993 graduate from Michigan State University with a Turf Management Degree. He began his career at Cascade Hills Country Club and spent five years as their Assistant Superintendent. Tony came to Katke in 2006 and has become a significant member of the team. His skills in agronomy have transitioned to teaching Biology 114 to the students in the PGA Golf Management Program.
The Clubhouse functions as a learning lab for the students, offering them a hands-on experience in golf operations such as: customer relations, golf car fleet management, golf instruction, and tournament operations.
|Tee Times||Golf Shop Staff, 231-591-3765|
|Golf Lessons||PGA Professional, 231-591-2213|
|Retail Apparel||Golf Shop Staff, 231-591-3765|
|Room Rental||PGA Professional, 231-591-2213|
|Course Maintenance||Tony Geib, 231-796-6235|
|Online Retail Store||ebill.ferris.edu|
About PGA Golf Management
The PGA Golf Management Program at Ferris State University was established in 1975. The program is best described as a joint venture with the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) and designed for the student interested in a career in the golf industry as a PGA member. Students enrolled in the PGA Golf Management program gain both a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University and PGA requirements for membership in the PGA.
The Ferris program was the first of its kind and includes preparation in the following areas: operation of a golf shop (including marketing, merchandising, accounting, and small business management); golf course maintenance; food and beverage management; public relations; teaching skills; rules of golf; club repair and fitting, turf grass and the organization and conduct of golf events.
This preparation is acquired through on-campus courses on the Big Rapids campus along with five semesters of work in a cooperative education program. The required internship experience of five semesters (16-20 months) gives students the opportunity to work at golf facilities with PGA professionals or in administrative positions in PGA affiliated organizations.
PGA Golf Management students enrolled in the program are required to enter the PGA’s 2.0 Golf Management Program. This program is administered on campus and is also an integral component for the students.
The mission of the PGA Golf Management program is to prepare students for a variety of careers in the golf industry as PGA Members. This mission is accomplished by offering a business degree in Business Administration and integration of the Professional Golfer’s Association’s 2.0 Golf Management Training Program into the curriculum.