Rich BallingerRichard Ballinger, PGA, MBA

The Sam Houston State University PGA Golf Management Program is supervised by the Director, Richard Ballinger.  Richard is a PGA Master Professional and has served as the Director of the program since program inception in February of 2005.  Richard is a 1994 graduate of the Ferris State University PGA Golf Management program, where he earned a B.S. in Marketing with a Minor in Professional Golf Management.  Richard also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Sam Houston State University in 2008.  For almost 2 years, prior to employment at Sam Houston State University, Richard was the Internship Director for the Coastal Carolina University PGA Golf Management program.  Before his tenure at Coastal Carolina University, Richard worked for the Glens Group in South Carolina for 9 years where he was charged opening two of their facilities while serving as the Head Golf Professional.     

PGA Education, Awards, and Committees

  • Elected to PGA Membership on July 1, 1996
  • PGA Certified Professional in General Management- March, 2010
  • PGA Certified Professional in Golf Operations- January, 2011
  • PGA Master Professional – June, 2011 – One of only 13 in the state of Texas
  • Southern Texas PGA Horton Smith Award for outstanding educational contributions – 2008
  • PGA of America National Apprentice Task Force
  • PGA of America National PGA/PGM Task Force
  • Member of PGA of America’s PGA Golf Management University Accreditation and Evaluation Team
  • President of the PGA Golf Management Educators Association (PGMEA)
  • STPGA Horton Smith Award - 2012
  • PGA of America Adjunct Faculty - PGA Master Professional Program (MPP 2.0)

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Huntsville, TX 77341-2056
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