The PGA of America recently announced that Gabe Beronja earned PGA Master Professional, the highest educational status a PGA Member could achieve.
The PGA Master Professional was created in 1969 to honor PGA Members that make a significant commitment to improving as golf professionals, and maintaining the highest level of excellence for their own operations and themselves. The program is designed so that PGA Professionals can meet the ever-growing demands of the marketplace in the areas of Executive Management, Golf Operations and Teaching and Coaching Designations.
Beronja is a member of the Indiana PGA Section and joins a select group of 434 PGA members who have achieved PGA Master Professional Status. He earned his designation in Golf Operations.
The program is open to all PGA Professionals who have attained advanced certification through PGA Certified Professional Program and have at least 10 years PGA Membership. The curriculum includes a large project based on a specific certification that the PGA Professional has already acquired. Upon successful completion of the presentation, PGA Master Professional Status is earned.
“Joining this select group of PGA Professionals is the highest honor and best education I can receive as a PGA Member,” said Beronja. “I am amazed to have completed this after putting in 10 years of hard work, and I’m excited to become more educated to better my knowledge of this business and my club.”
A PGA Member since 2007, Beronja was named the PGA Director of Golf at Knollwood Country Club in 2023, after serving as the club’s Head Professional for over a year.
He has held Head Professional positions at the following clubs: Marshall Country Club, Marshall, Michigan, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor Michigan, Pueblo Country Club, Pueblo Colorado, Hassamapa Golf Club, Prescott Arizona, and Oakcreek Country Club, Sedona Arizona.
Beronja was named 2017 Midwest Section Assistant PGA Professional Of The Year while serving at Blue Hills Country Club as the First Assistant golf professional in Kansas City, Missouri.
Beronja, a native of Battle Creek in Michigan, was introduced to golf by his father when he was 12 years old. A four-year member of his high school golf team, he later was a walk-on for Kellogg Community College’s golf team.