Preparing for his future career, Nebraska’s Koby Head is spending more time on the golf course than in the classroom.
A junior in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s PGA Golf Management program, Head has immersed himself in the industry, gaining hands-on experience and professional mentorship.
Growing up a Cornhusker from Geneva, Nebraska, the decision to attend Nebraska U was easy. What sealed the deal was the unique opportunity to turn his passion for golfing into a profession.
“Nebraska is one of only 18 schools across the country that offer PGA Golf Management as a program for students,” he said. “The program is surrounded by so many great individuals. It is important for all young individuals to surround themselves with like-minded individuals and the PGA program at UNL provides students like me with just that.”
Nebraska’s PGA Management Program includes a 16-month internship that provides hands-on learning and the chance to build relationships within the pro golf community. For Head, that internship led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
“While at Hazeltine National, I have been immersed in all aspects of the golf operation,” he said. “This includes tournament operations, facility operations, teaching and coaching, merchandising and more. I have continued to build my strong passion for the game of golf at Hazeltine National Golf Club and have developed my skills in all these areas.”
Head has also benefited working as part of the Hazeltine team.
“Head Golf Professional Kyle Brandt expressed to our team during a meeting that, ‘it’s just golf,’ he said. “While everything we do as a staff is pushed to be the best and we expect perfection as a team, we are creating an experience for members and guests that is solely just golf. We all got into this career because we love the game and want to help others in their love of the game along the way.”
Upon graduation, Head hopes to build a career in golf management and to continue serving golfers around the globe.
“I have been trying to do things for people and not to people. It gives me great joy to do things for people, with no desire to expect anything in return,” he said.