Childhood Dream Close to Reality for Keiser University Student

Corey Erdly and father

Corey Erdly

Corey Erdly, a College of Golf freshman, first fell in love with the sport while playing it with his dad.

Years of playing golf back home in Fort Wayne, Indiana have inspired Keiser University College of Golf (COG) student Corey Erdly to pursue the hobby as a profession.

Now working toward an associate of science degree in Golf Management, Erdly hopes to complete the requirements for his PGA card as part of his goal of becoming a full-time management pro.

And it all began when he first hit the links with his dad.

“He’d take me to hockey too, but golf was something that we both could do and have a common ground,” reflected Erdly, who’d begun visiting the range with his father at the age of four.

“I loved spending time with him out in nature and in beautiful weather, and our love of the game became a great bonding experience and the reason I’m pursuing a career within the industry today,” smiled Erdly, who hit his first hole in one at 16, before becoming captain of his Northrop High School varsity golf team.

While sharing that professor Brian Hughes has helped him tremendously as he manages his current full-time position as a PGA pro shop associate while maintaining a full-time class schedule, Erdly reflected on his decision to chase his dream. “It’s awesome to be able to come down here and to meet the KU leaders that are incredibly respected within the business due to their crazy amount of experience, credentials and knowledge. My decision to relocate to Florida to join the College of Golf has changed the course of my life and I will be forever grateful. Between the curriculum and the professional speakers, I learn something new every day,” he smiled.

“Corey has made an excellent career move by coming to Keiser where he is exposed to all aspects of an extremely large industry,” said Hughes. “He has also made a wise choice in acquiring a part-time job at PGA National Resort, where he has the opportunity to experience in a practical sense what he is learning about in his classes.”

It’s reassuring to know that my time here at Keiser would make him proud,” smiled Erdly of his dad Timothy, who’d passed away in 2011.