Christopher P. Cain, Ph.D., PGA, CHE
Director, PGA Golf University Management Program
Cain, a member of the PGA of America since 1998, is a graduate of the Penn State PGA Golf Management (PGM) Program (B.S. '98) and Leisure Studies Program (M.S. '04). He started his professional career as an Assistant Golf Professional for Pocono Farms Country Club in Pennsylvania, later joining the management team at the Tournament Players Club in Las Vegas. Cain relocated to Penn State as PGA Head Golf Professional from 1999-2002, later transitioning to a PGA Teaching Professional while completing his Master's degree from 2002-2004. Cain's graduate studies included work with the Penn State PGM Program and instructing for the Departments of Kinesiology, Turfgrass Management, and Exercise and Sports Science. Cain's thesis explored the relationship between golfer practice and performance within the PGM Player Development Program.
Cain relocated to Las Vegas in 2004 to accept the Directorship of the PGM Program at UNLV. While serving as Program Director, Cain began serving the PGA of America at the local, regional, and national levels. Cain's service started as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Section Southern Nevada Chapter in 2005, and served as the Chapter's Secretary, Vice President, and President from 2006-2011. Cain served the Southwest Section as a member of the Board of Directors and Committee Chair of Membership Education from 2009-2011, and also served terms as an appointed member of the Board of Directors for the PGA's Allied Associations including The First Tee of Southern Nevada and the Southern Nevada Golf Association.
Cain serves his honorary term as President of the Southern Nevada Chapter PGA until 2013. Cain currently serves the PGA of America as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and recently accepted a four year appointment to the PGA of America University Golf Management Accreditation Team.
Cain has completed Ph.D. course work in Higher Education Administration with emphasis on Educational Leadership, and is in the process of completing his dissertation which will examine student, program, and institutional characteristics of PGA Golf Management Programs that relate to cohort persistence.
Cain is published in the Journal of Recreation and Leisure Education, and has research interests in student persistence, and golf and hospitality management. Cain currently teaches learning objectives related to the game, people, and business practices within the golf and hospitality management industry.
Cain has been recognized for the following awards:
PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game, 2005, 2008, 2010
Pennsylvania State University PGA PGM Alumnus Golf Professional of the Year, 2007
PGA Southwest Section Golf Professional of the Year, 2011
PGA Southwest Section Horton Smith Award for Educational Impact, 2009
PGA Southwest Section Southern Nevada Chapter Golf Professional of the Year, 2010
PGA Southwest Section Southern Nevada Chapter Horton Smith Award for Educational Impact, 2007, 2011
PGA Southwest Section Southern Nevada Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award for Outstanding Mentorship, 2006
Penn State Golf Courses, Merchandiser of the Year for Philadelphia PGA Section (General Manager, Doug Wert; Merchandiser, Burch Wilkes; Head Golf Professional, Chris Cain), 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Penn State Golf Courses, America's Best 100 Golf Shops (General Manager, Doug Wert; Merchandiser, Burch Wilkes; Head Golf Professional, Chris Cain), 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Tournament Players Club at The Canyons, America's Best 100 Golf Shops (Head Golf Professional, Dan Hammell; Assistant Golf Professional, Chris Cain), 1999.