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December 16, 2008

Local North Florida Section PGA Professional Enhances Skills with Certification

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – With the latest rounds of the PGA Proficiency Tests completed at the end of October,17 PGA Professionals received 21 certifications from The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) Certified Professional Program.

Sandy Davison of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, achieved all six certifications in 4 months by recently completing the Instruction course. Since the program’s inception in August 2004, 464 PGA Professionals have earned a total of 837 certifications in related career paths, including General Management, Golf Operations, Instruction, Retail, Executive Management and Ownership/Leasing. Davison joins only 30 other PGA Professionals who have achieved all six certifications.

The PGA Certified Professional Program is an online, career enhancing educational curriculum that supports PGA Professionals who are committed to continuously enhancing their golf management skills in order to stay ahead of the increasing demands of the industry.

“The knowledge I’ve gained from the Certified Professional Program has really boosted my career in the golf industry,” said Davison. “It is truly rewarding to have completed my sixth certification.” Davison added, “We believe that continuing education programs are essential to the growth and development of PGA Professionals. We also believe in the importance of hiring PGA Professionals as General Managers, Directors of Golf and as Head Golf Professionals.” Davison, who serves as Director of Golf Operations at SAGE Golf Group Worldwide in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, earned his first certification in July of 2008.

The online distance learning approach ensures broad access to the program, while reducing the time and travel costs associated with traditional classes. Currently the most popular career paths are Golf Operations and General Management. Classes with the highest enrollment across all career paths are accounting, business planning and budgeting, turfgrass management and customer relations.

About SAGE Golf Group Worldwide

Based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, SAGE Golf Group Worldwide was formed in 2007 by a group of the golf industry’s leading operators who, for 25 years, were responsible for developing, operating and building the brand of the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Players Club Network. During that time, the SAGE Golf Group Worldwide team was recognized as the finest and most innovative luxury brand operators in the club industry. The SAGE team works in concert with upscale owners and developers both domestically and internationally to assist them in achieving the goals they have for their projects. The SAGE track record for achievement and success is unmatched in the golf industry.

SAGE Golf Group Worldwide may be contacted through their website at www.sagegolfgroup.com or reached at 816 A1A North, Suite 202, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082, (904) 285‐9200.

About The PGA of America

Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world‐class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $76 billion golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world‐class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere.

The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

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