Students hit the links, make connections at Dean’s Golf Workshop

Written by Sydney Flora, Dean’s Communications Intern

While it may be easy to assume business is only done around boardroom tables and via conference calls, some of the most important modern business deals have actually been made around putting greens. For students pursuing careers in business, having a working knowledge of the game can improve their chances for success.

BGSU Students at Stone Ridge Golf Club

In September, 24 students attended Schmidthorst College of Business Dean Raymond Braun’s Golf Workshop, where they received free golf lessons at the Stone Ridge Golf Club.  The workshop is designed to prepare students for a scramble format golf outing they might be invited to during internships or with their future employer.   

The Golf Workshop was led by BGSU’s Men’s Golf Coach, John Powers, and Lindy Bastel-Powers, a member of the Class A Women’s Professional Golf Association. Students worked through five sessions focusing on putting, chipping, swinging, etiquette, and basic rules.

 “I enjoyed working with the Schmidthorst students to learn the basics of a scramble format golf outing”, said John Powers. “We were successful as every student improved and indicated they would sign up for a corporate golf outing.”

At the end of the workshop, the participants had a chance to show off their new skills by attending a golf outing with employers and alumni, followed by a cookout and networking opportunity.golfputting

“This workshop has been extremely beneficial to me because I was intimidated by the thought of playing in a corporate golf outing,” said Matt DeAmon, a junior studying Business Analytics and Information Systems. “I am now aware of what that entails and will enthusiastically sign up.”

The first week focused on learning the basics of golf. Students were shown the different clubs and were given a tour of the golf course.

“I’m really excited for the golf workshop,” said Catherine Krempasky, a junior studying Applied Economics and Business Analytics, during one of the sessions. “I have never played golf before but am ready to build some new skills that will be beneficial not only for myself, but also in the business world.”


During the second and third sessions, students began to build basic skills. They were taught how to hit woods, irons, chip shots, and putts. Students participated in fun golf drills and competitive putting.

“My favorite part of the workshop was getting to know fellow business students,” said Trevor Cobb, a junior specializing in supply chain management. “It was fun to work on my golf skills while networking with people with common interests.”

During the fourth session, students played a practice round to learn the rules, etiquette, and scramble format. The Golf Workshop ended with students playing 9 holes of golf with BGSU alumni. Students were paired with professionals based on their majors and career interests. The outing concluded with a dinner to celebrate the student’s completion of the Workshop.

Updated: 10/12/2021 08:42AM