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PGA Faculty

Rick Lucas

Rick Lucas (Director)

Rick Lucas, director of the PGM program at Clemson University, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration at Old Dominion University and his MBA at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, he is working on his doctorate in career and technology education. Lucas has over 20 years experience in the golf industry with extensive knowledge in management of golf programs and operations. His positions in the golf industry have included assistant professional, teaching coordinator, head golf professional and general manager at both public and private facilities. Some career highlights include scoring in the top 5 percent in Business School I & II and winning the Philadelphia Assistant Association's Southern Championship. 

Adam Savedra

Adam Savedra (Assistant Director)

Adam Savedra is a PGA professional and PGM graduate with a bachelor's degree in marketing and MBA from New Mexico State University. He has over eight years of experience in the golf business with extensive knowledge in teaching, tournament operations and golf shop operations. His industry experience includes a first assistant/tournament director position with the four-star Biltmore in Miami, Florida, as well as working as a golf instructor for the John Pallot Golf Academy. Savedra also served as an assistant golf professional at the PGA owned and operated PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Now as a faculty member at Clemson, he works closely with each student -- placing students on internship, advising students on academic and internship issues, mentoring students through the PGA/PGM program and assisting in player development. He currently teaches introduction to golf management and advanced teaching, as well as seminar courses that help students prepare for PGA testing.

Mitchell Smith, PGA-GM Graduate Administrative AssistantMitchell Smith (Graduate Administrative Assistant)

Mitchell Smith is a PGA Professional and PGM Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, and a minor in Business Administration from Clemson University.  Currently he is working on his Masters Degree in Professional Communications and serving as a Graduate Assistant in Clemson’s Professional Golf Management program.  Mitchell has over four years of experience in the golf industry with foundational knowledge of golf course operations and teaching, and extensive knowledge in managing new program initiatives.  His industry experience includes serving as a Manager with PGA Junior League Golf, one of the largest national grass roots programs for juniors ages 13 and under offered by the PGA of America.  Prior to serving with PGA Junior League Golf, Mitchell completed internships in Golf Course Operations and Teaching at Pinehurst Golf Resort, the Piedmont Driving Club, and BridgeMill Athletic Club.  In his role as Graduate Assistant at Clemson, Mitchell is working closely with the PGM program - faculty to help students achieve their goals in the golf industry.