Golf enterprise major receives Golf Course Owners scholarship
October 20, 2017
The Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin has made
life a little easier for UW-Stout student Drew Ringelstetter, who has received
a $500 scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.
It’s the second straight year Ringelstetter,
a junior from Portage, has received the GCOW award. He is majoring in golf
“This means a lot to me. With an older sister
and younger brother, my parents don’t have that much money to help me pay for
school. The scholarships help get a weight off my shoulders,” he said.
This fall, he is working at Sand Valley Golf
Resort, a highly touted new course complex in south central Wisconsin, as part
of a Cooperative Education Program experience through UW-Stout. He also is
taking classes online and plans to return to campus for the spring semester.
Five other UW-Stout students and a recent
graduate also are working this fall at Sand Valley.
“To have won this scholarship two years in a row shows my hard
work is paying off, and I look forward to what the future holds for me,” he
said. “With my degree I hope to find a job in the golf industry. I would love
to be a head professional or a general manager at a golf club.”
The scholarship is a result of the GCOW
Scholarship Fund Golf Outing, an 18-hole scramble format tournament held each
fall. This fall it was at SentryWorld golf course in Stevens Point. UW-Stout
was represented by Howie Samb, an assistant professor in the School of
Samb, who has worked in the golf industry as a course owner
and a PGA Class A head pro, thanked those who participated, supporting not only
the students but programs like UW-Stout’s that train young professionals to be the
next generation of managers and leaders in the industry.
The outing also supports students at Southwest Technical
College of Fennimore. Southwest Tech offers a golf course management associate
degree, with a bachelor’s degree-completion option at UW-Stout. Scholarship
criteria include a minimum 2.5 grade-point average, experience in the industry
and being a Wisconsin resident.
Students in UW-Stout’s GEM program take courses in all
aspects of golf course management. The Bachelor of Science program is endorsed
by the National Golf Course Owners Association as well as GCOW.
For more information on the UW-Stout GEM program, go to the website. The program also
is offered online.
student Drew Ringelstetter, who received a scholarship from the Golf Course
Owners of Wisconsin, works at the front desk at Sand Valley Golf Resort in