When J.B. Holmes left the University of Kentucky, he left as the most decorated golfer in UK history and helped put UK on the intercollegiate golf map. But that’s not the only impression he’s left on the University. As a member of the 2008 Ryder Cup Team, he had the unique opportunity to help bring golf instruction to the Bluegrass.
Holmes designated $90,000 be given to the University of Kentucky College of Education over the next two years ($45,000 a year) to start golf instruction courses as part of Play Golf America University (PGAU). PGAU is a PGA of America college and university golf program, designed to teach and engage students in the game of golf through PGA professional instruction and other golf programs. PGAU’s goal is to teach students to play golf and help them understand how golf can be employed as a business tool as they enter the professional world.
“I am very proud to be able to give back to the University of Kentucky in a manner which will allow future students to enjoy the great academic environment that UK provides,” Holmes said.
The new partnership will kick off next week with a new class offered at UK to allow the golf enthusiast or curious amateur to continue playing golf through graduation. The course, KHP 105, section 001 – Golf, is from 2 to 3:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays March 9 through May 8 at Man O’ War Golf Learning Center in Lexington.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to students,” Melody Noland, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, said. “Students taking a full course load can add this one-hour credit course at no additional charge to them and learn how to play golf from PGA pros at one of the finest golf learning centers in the country, something we’ve never been able to offer before.”
UK is one of 42 schools actively participating in PGAU.