Jeff Halverson, a 2000 graduate of Sioux Central, is turning pro.
The busy Buena Vista University senior will be finishing up his college career a semester early, in December. He will be receiving a degree in marketing that includes communications, economics and management. The degree will have prepared him for advancement into professional golf.
Currently, Jeff is the assistant pro at the Spencer Golf and Country Club and will be ending his two seasons of work there in December.
While at the golf course he has been responsible for organizing golf lessons, managing youth camps, giving individual lessons and organizing tournaments. All of this gives him valuable experience for his future.
Although his eye has been set on professional golf for some time, he opted for Buena Vista University instead of a professional golf school.
"I have gotten more variety in classes by attending Buena Vista University," said Jeff. "That way, if I didn't decide to do golf as a career, I had a degree in other things." At a professional golf school, the courses are the same as some of those you get at the university. A student will get the same marketing degree while attending PGA school.
In May, Jeff achieved another milestone on the road to professional golf. He passed the PAT test that gives him the opportunity to play in professional golf tournaments. He took on 36 holes, bringing home a 73-66 score or composite score of 139, which was 5 under par. He passed by 15 strokes.
With that test Jeff agreed to give up all his amateur status but is eligible to play in any PGA/PGM (Professional Golf Management) tournaments.
Jeff is already beginning to look for jobs on the West Coast, particularly California and Arizona. After graduation, he will be taking on the graduate program in three schools for professional golfers and hopes to complete the courses in two years. There is also more PGA golf tournaments held in those states, another reason for Jeff to migrate west.
But completing his education at Buena Vista is first on his list. He will miss the first day of school at Buena Vista on Monday to participate in a pro tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is the Assistants Championship played on the Highlands Golf Course. Winner takes home $1500 in prize money.
Jeff will also be assistant golf coach at Buena Vista this year, working alongside Coach Jim Nurse, an experience he is looking forward to.
Jeff is the son of Dennis and Roxanne Halverson of Sioux Rapids.