May 30, 2012
Mollie Sutherland, acting director of the PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will serve as the program’s director.
Since April, Mollie has been acting director and she previously served as the program’s internship coordinator. She replaces Ed Kelbel who tragically passed away March 28. “I’m honored to have been chosen to continue Ed’s legacy in building a program that is strong in skills and academics,” she said. “We are committed to student success and strongly representing the PGA of America values as we prepare the next generation of leaders in the golf industry.”
Dr. Paul Miller, Professor of Accounting, Academic Advisor in the PGM Program and founder of the program, praised the decision to appoint Mollie as our director. “Mollie has proved over the last four years that she is a highly capable administrator and an excellent teacher; further, her success as the Internship Coordinator also shows how well she connects with and cares for our students,” he said. “Mollie has high integrity and commitment to the students’ success in the program. Her vision for the program and her passion for making it the best one in the country will benefit the university, the College of Business, the program, the PGA of America, our partners in our internship network, and, of course, our students and their families.”
We are looking forward to Mollie building on the good work of Ed and continuing to place our program as one of the premier programs in the country. Her work ethic, professional network, and relationships with internship sites are remarkable and undeniably student centered.
Mollie has a strong background that has prepared her to succeed in this role. She is an active member of the PGA of America and LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division. She is one of only 188 golf professionals worldwide to hold dual certification with both organizations. Locally, she serves on several Colorado PGA section committees and is the LPGA central section education coordinator. Her professional career includes managing and operating private country clubs and public course operations in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Golf Team. At UCCS, she serves as an instructor delivering the PGA curriculum. She also implemented a Player Development Program, delivered individual instruction, and coordinated student internship placements.