Faculty and Staff in PGA Golf Management

Dr. G. Burch Wilkes, IV

Dr. G. Burch Wilkes, IV



Burch Wilkes serves as the Director and Senior Instructor of the Penn State University PGA Golf Management Program. Prior to being named Director, Burch was the Assistant Director of the program from 1997 to 2005. During this time, he has mentored over 550 students who are now alumni. He currently serves as the President of the PGA Education Association representing all PGA Golf Management University Programs. Burch assisted with the development of the Penn State Golf Teaching and Research Center (GTRC) in 2009, which is a unique teaching and research facility designed to lead University instructional and scholarly initiatives in the golf industry. The GTRC is the first of its kind for a PGA program. Burch served as Director of Merchandising for the Penn State Golf Courses from 1997-2005, when Golf World Business Magazine recognized it for three consecutive years as one of "America's Best 100 Golf Shops." Prior to 1997, he was an Assistant Golf Professional with Marriott Golf. Burch serves as a faculty member at Penn State and teaches the Golf Operations Management course required in the PGA Golf Management Program, a section of the First-Year Seminar course for all Penn State students, and additional PGA Golf Management Program courses. He completed his Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State in 2008, focusing his research on issues related to the golf industry. He completed an M.S. degree in Recreation and Park Management at Penn State University in 1994, and a B.S. degree in Sport Management/Economics at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1990.

Eric Handley

Eric Handley, PGA

Golf Teaching & Research Center


Eric Handley is a faculty member as a Senior Instructor within The Pennsylvania State University’s PGA Golf Management program and Director of the Penn State Golf Teaching & Research Center (GTRC). Prior to arriving at Penn State in 2005, Eric earned his Master’s Degree from NC State University while also serving as a Golf Professional at private country clubs in Durham, NC and Duluth, GA.

Eric oversees all of the functions of the Golf Teaching & Research Center, including research projects, player development programs, club fittings, golf instruction classes for the Penn State PGA Golf Management students, and detailed swing analysis for the general public.

As part of the PGA Golf Management’s player development programs, Mr. Handley coordinates a comprehensive player performance program that includes six PGA Professionals and collaborations with the Penn State Department of Kinesiology and Penn State Athletics

Brian Soulé

Brian Soulé, PGA

Internship Coordinator/Assistant Director


Brian Soulé earned a master's degree in sport and leisure service management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he served as a graduate assistant with the UNLV PGA Golf Management Program. Soulé received his bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson University, and he is a graduate of Clemson’s PGA Golf Management program. He has worked in the golf industry for ten years, gaining experience through positions at a number of facilities including the Sea Pines Resort in South Carolina and California’s Pebble Beach Golf Links. Elected to PGA membership in 2006, Soulé served as PGA Head Professional at Green Hill Yacht & Country Club in Quantico, Maryland, before attending UNLV. As a faculty member, he serves as the internship coordinator helping students select internship sites and serving as liaison between students and PGA professionals. He is involved with advising students on academic issues and facilitating students’ progression toward PGA membership. Brian also currently teaches Introduction to Commercial Recreation and Tourism, a section of Player Development, and a number of the Golf Management specific courses within the RPTM curriculum. He is also the co-adviser to the Golf Management Student Society.

Matthew Bakowicz

Matthew Bakowicz

Instructor and Golf Teaching and Research Center Lab Manager


Matthew Bakowicz serves as an Instructor with the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the School of Hospitality Management. He received his master's as well as his bachelor's degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State University. Matt is the Golf Teaching and Research Center's Lab Manager and involved in assisting with the lab’s internship and research programs. In addition, Matt also oversees the PGA of America work experience assignments, monitoring student's progress through the PGA's Golf Management program and is the facility advisor for the RPTM APG Board. Matt currently teaches the Political and Legal Aspects of Recreation course, as well as a variety of PGA and RPTM specific classes and a section of Player Development.

Darla Houseman

Darla Houseman

Staff Assistant


Darla Houseman is an integral part of the entire PGA Golf Management Program. In addition to being responsible for all student records & alumni information, she can also be found working on maintaining program calendars, handling and processing all financial transactions in the program, and providing much needed support at our many PGA Golf Management Program events.

Dr. Frank Guadagnolo

Dr. Frank Guadagnolo

Professor Emeritus


Dr. Frank Guadagnolo served as the professor-in-charge of the Penn State PGA Golf Management Program from its inception in 1990 until 2005. For several years, Guadagnolo conducted marketing seminars for hundreds of PGA professionals throughout the United States. While retired from the PGA Golf Management program, he remains active in the industry through his research and consulting.