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Michael Abraham Earns PGA Master Professional Designation

Michael Abraham, PGA Head Golf Professional at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, Virginia, has earned PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational designation that can be obtained by a PGA Member.

Abraham has served as the PGA Head Golf Professional at Hidden Valley Country Club since 2012. He previously served as PGA Head Golf Professional at Pine Lakes Country Club and as Assistant PGA Professional at The Members Club at Grande Dunes—both clubs are located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2009, he was recognized as the Carolinas PGA Section Assistant Professional of the Year.

Several accomplished PGA Members served as mentors in guiding Abraham on his current path in golf operations, including Frank Coughlin, PGA General Manager at Arcadian Shores, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Rodney Loesch, PGA Head Professional at The Connecticut Golf Club in Easton, Connecticut; and Matt Borocz, PGA Assistant General Manager/Director of Golf at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

“Working in the golf industry requires long days and hours, working on holidays, and considerable time away from the family, but it is a passion for PGA Professionals,” said Abraham. “This accomplishment means so much to me, because I’ve put my heart and soul into my profession and have always aspired to be the best PGA Member possible. I feel this recognition rewards the hard work and dedication I’ve given to the golf industry over many years. Yet, I feel that my work is not done, and just as my mentors helped me, I want to inspire other PGA Members and Associates to be the best they can be, so they can make a positive impact on those around them every day.”

Abraham is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University’s PGA Golf Management University program, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

To be eligible, the program requires a minimum of eight years of PGA Membership and advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program. Abraham, a PGA Member for 10 years, received his PGA Master Professional certification in Golf Operations. He has also previously achieved PGA Certified Professional Program certification in both Instruction and Golf Operations.