FGCU Hires Tara McKenna as Director of PGA Golf Management Program
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces the recent addition of Tara McKenna to the position of director of Professional Golf Management Program, a division of Resort and Hospitality Management. She began her employment May 3.
McKenna is excited to join FGCU. "I truly appreciate the opportunity from FGCU to serve as its new director. FGCU has a fantastic program in place and I hope to strengthen it further and serve as a model for the other 19 programs around the country. I want to thank Dr. Sherie Brezina, Martha Hall, Deborah Tanous and all of the local PGA professionals for their tremendous efforts supporting the PGM program. The PGA has served me well for over 20 years and this gives me a chance to give back to the PGA in a rewarding manner - by sending out FGCU's stamp on the PGA's newest golf professionals," said McKenna.
"Tara McKenna has the right combination of skills and tenacity to take the PGA Professional Golf Management program from the new kid on the block to a nationally recognized premier PGM program that will attract the best students in the country. We have confidence that she will make that happen," said Sherie Brezina, director of Resort & Hospitality Management Program.
Professionally, McKenna holds a "Class A" in the PGA of America and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division - an honor held by less than 1000 female professionals in the country. She worked at two distinctive private 18 hole country clubs in Cape Cod and in the Boston vicinity before landing the position as Head Professional of Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester, Mass. from 2003 to 2009. She successfully ran the upscale, private facility for six years where she owned and managed the golf shop in addition to managerial responsibilities. Her professional efforts earned her a Merchandiser of the Year award for the northeast section of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division in 2005.
McKenna graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at James Madison University in Virginia, where she played on the women's golf team for four years. She earned a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, with a concentration in Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a graduate student, she played an instrumental role in igniting the new Division I women's golf team as their first coach after 10 years of dormancy. In addition, McKenna played and won several amateur events in the northeast during the summers and turned professional in 1991 by registering with the PGA of America.
One of few women who compete in the New England PGA section, McKenna is an active player in section events and most recently served on the 2009 Tournament Committee. As Head Professional, she served as adjust faculty for Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., where she taught a class in the Division of Sports Management. She also holds a Level 1 accreditation as TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, and occasionally participates in sprint distance triathlons when training schedule permits.
For more information, contact McKenna at (239) 590-7717.