Nebraska student chosen to work PGA Championship

Vincent Bachteler, a PGA Golf Management student, was chosen out of hundreds of students nationwide to shadow a rules official at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow this August.

July 11, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — Vincent Bachteler, a PGA Golf Management student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, will shadow a rules official at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina on August 7 - 13. This unique opportunity was provided through a PGA of America contest. After completing a test, Bachteler was one of two students selected out of several hundred.

The test consisted of 40 multiple-choice questions presenting various rules of golf situations. Bachteler missed only one question and received the highest score in the nation. The national average for the test was roughly 40 percent.

Bachteler put in several hours of studying for the test to ensure he would be well versed in the rules of golf. He attended his first PGA Rules of Golf Workshop in 2016. It consisted of three days of classroom instruction followed by a 3.5 hour, 100-question test. 

“I studied probably close to 50 hours before the workshop and the test was still the hardest test I have ever taken in my academic career,” says Bachteler. He received an 84 on the test, which he was proud of. He then attended a second workshop in March that required another 50 hours of studying. After that, he was certified in the rules of golf through the USGA with a 95 out of 100 on the test.

“Ever since I found out I was selected to attend the PGA championship, my excitement level has only increased,” says Bachteler. “I think this will be one of the best experiences to help me grow as a future PGA professional. I have had so many wonderful experiences through the PGM Program because of the amazing staff and resources available to me, and I am excited to share my experiences with current and future PGM students.”

The PGA Golf Management program is for those who wish to be educated in all aspects of the golf industry and become PGA members. For additional information on the program, visit

Brad Goetsch
Instruction Coordinator
PGA Golf Management