Many students go to college with the idea of living out their childhood dream after graduation. For University of Idaho student Cody Gronning, this was the case despite a major change three years into his education.

Gronning began his college experience in southern Idaho in 2015 where he studied engineering. He later decided he wanted to be closer to his family and home in Colfax, Washington, and transferred to U of I in 2016, where he continued his education.

By his junior year, Gronning said he felt like he could no longer see himself pursuing engineering as a career.

“I knew I was capable,” Gronning said, “but I just didn’t enjoy it.”

He switched to the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Golf Management Program and pursued his childhood dream of being a golf professional.

“I am really happy in the end because I always wanted to be like my dad, and I actually am getting to do that,” Gronning said. Gronning's dad marked 24 years running the Colfax Golf and Country Club.

The PGA Golf Management Program gives students many opportunities to hone management and golf skills. It also allows students the ability to travel and participate in tournaments across the nation, as well as practice on the U of I 18-hole golf course.

After graduating in 2021, Gronning continued his career as a golf professional by working as an assistant at a golf course in Arizona.


The University of Idaho’s Golf Management Program allows students to graduate within 4 ½ years with all the skills and experience necessary to be successful in the golf industry. To learn more about the University of Idaho’s Professional Golf Management Program, contact cbe@uidaho.edu or call 208-885-9772. uidaho.edu/ui-pgm