PGM students raise $15K for new golf technology

Marathon fundraiser for learning center sees students play more than 100 holes of golf at Keith Hills

Campbell University Professional Golf Management students played more than 100 holes at Keith Hills Golf Course on April 25 to raise money for new technology in their on-campus learning center. The students and program Director Gabriella Story raised over $15,000 throughout the event.

The students raised money ahead of the event and as collected pledges for how many holes they could play including how many birdies, eagles and hole-in-ones they could make. Starting at 7:30 a.m. that day, they played for the next 12 hours — some groups even finished 130 holes. 

No aces were made, but there were plenty of birdies and eagles. 

The event was primarily coordinated by Connor Woods, junior and vice president of the PGM Student Association.

“When I was nominated as vice president of the PGMSA, I knew I wanted to bring back the golf marathon,” Woods said. “I participated in the event my freshman year in effort to raise money to renovate the Shouse Dining Hall and turn it into what is now — our PGM Golf Learning Center. It was truly an honor organizing and participating in this wonderful event.” 

The fundraiser was not only to improve the learning experience in the current Campbell PGM Program but to improve the experience for future PGM students as well. The students who were able to raise this money will have a long-lasting impact on the Campbell PGM Program.

Senior Sydney Higgins raised the most funds of any student, rounding out over $3,000.

“As my home away from home, it was important to me to enhance our program for current and future generation Camels,” Higgins said. “Through my internships, I have met so many amazing people who actively support me on my journey to becoming a PGA Golf Professional, so they were happy to help me reach my fundraising goal. Throughout this process I’ve learned that there are more people who are willing to support you than you think, and reaching out never hurts.”