UW-Stout News Story

Golf management students to use latest event software

August 30, 2012

Golf enterprise management students at University of Wisconsin-Stout will begin working this fall with cutting-edge event management software.

The GEM program is partnering with Rainbow Golf Systems of Madison to implement the company’s software as part of the curriculum.

Kris Schoonover“This is one more advantage the GEM graduate will have available with organizing, budget management and delivering events for the golf industry,” said Kris Schoonover, GEM program director.

Students will use RGS as they plan and execute a local charity golf outing, similar to how a golf facility staff would use the system. Students also will be able to create hypothetical events in RGS as they simulate event management.

“This partnership will help provide students at UW-Stout with a real-world education in event management,” said Danny Rainbow, RGS president. “What better way to learn than through hands-on experience with a system that is in use at facilities around the country and is fast emerging as an industry leader.”

Students in UW-Stout’s hotel, restaurant and tourism management program, concentrating in hospitality management, also will be trained to use the software.

RGS, under development since 2008, has been on the market for less than a year but already is being used at 45 golf operations in 11 states, including University Ridge in Verona, one of the Wisconsin’s top courses and home to the University of Wisconsin golf teams.

RGS helps golf facilities streamline golf and banquet event sales and management processes. The web-based system provides calendar and list formats for viewing past and future events and integrates golf events, banquets and off-site catering orders, along with other features.

For more information, go to the GEM Web page or the Rainbow Golf Systems website.

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