STARKVILLE, Miss.--A Mississippi State administrator is the 2013 Gulf States PGA Section's Golf Professional of the Year, the highest recognition paid to Mississippi and Louisiana members.
Jeff Adkerson has led the university's professional golf management program since 2007 and was assistant director during the four previous years. He is a 1999 marketing/PGM graduate of MSU's College of Business, where he also completed an MBA in 2005.
MSU's professional golf management program is the second oldest sanctioned by the Professional Golfers' Association of America. Through the four-and-a-half year curriculum, students receive a bachelor's degree in marketing and 16 months of practical work experience, complete the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, and are eligible to apply for membership in the PGA of America.
Currently, Adkerson serves as secretary of Gulf States PGA, with offices located in Metairie, La. Additionally, he is a member of the PGM adjunct faculty for PGA of America and a former president of the Professional Golf Management Education Association.
He and other Gulf States PGA award winners will be honored in early December during ceremonies at the Money Hill Golf and Country Club in Abita Springs, La.
Adkerson is a four-time selection for the Gulf Section's prestigious Horton Smith Award. He also was named Mississippi Chapter Golf Professional of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Pointing to earlier winners of the Golf Professional of the Year Award and the impact they had on the game, Adkerson said, "Those are the people I look up to.
"It's a very humbling experience to have your name on an award with them, and to know that your peers value your work and commitment that much," he added.
For more information on the award, visit www.gspga.com.