The PGA is partnering with Colt Mackenzie McNair (CMM), the leading executive recruitment specialist working in international golf markets, to match PGA of America Professionals with employment opportunities internationally.
This partnership is beneficial for both the PGA Professionals, who have the opportunity to develop their careers internationally, and for the host clubs who are able to benefit from the PGA Professional’s knowledge of the game and the business. Additionally, to prepare students who are interested in developing golf internationally, the PGA of America has developed a new global internship program. The program is designed to provide students seeking PGA Membership with an international experience to help them broaden their experience, gain a deeper knowledge of the global golf industry and help grow the game abroad. The program, scheduled to begin in summer 2018, will be similar to many U.S.-based internship programs, including components such as golf operations, tournament operations, player development and teaching, and golf club fitting.
As a student in the PGA Golf Management University program at Mississippi State University, Raymond Roessel received an internship opportunity in China that eventually led to a career in growing the game in Asia. After living in China and seeing the tremendous opportunities for growth of the game in Asia, Raymond, a PGA Professional for nearly 20 years, founded i3 Sports, based in Hong Kong.
Raymond now serves as Managing Director of i3 Sports, an innovative sports marketing agency, specializing in event management, sponsorship activation, public relations and communications, digital media and athlete representation. The mission of i3 Sports is to increase interest in the game around the world and deliver world-class execution in a challenging environment.With a similar goal in mind, i3 Sports partners with the PGA of America in a variety of ways to collaboratively grow the game in China and Asia. i3 Sports partners with the PGA Tour China Series to provide up-and-coming American players with the opportunity to gain international playing experience. The company also works with the PGA of America to grow its brand by employing PGA Professionals at i3 Sports. There are currently three PGA Professionals on staff at i3 Sports, with the goal of adding several more over the next five years.