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PGA Championship part of UofL class curriculum

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Summer school is not so bad when you can spend most of it at a major sporting event. That's the case for some University of Louisville students, who are using Valhalla as a classroom over the next couple of weeks.

"This is gonna sound crazy but I haven't slept the past two nights," U of L junior Shomari McGee told WDRB News."I'm extremely excited. We go Thursday for training and just to be on a golf course, it'll be my first time. I'll be stepping on the same grass Tiger Woods will be stepping on, so it's pretty exciting for me."

McGee is taking a masters class in sports administration, that comes with a twist. The course mixes classroom time with working at Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship.

"So far the feedback has been great. Students really grasp onto this idea of seeing first hand what it takes to put on such a large scale event," course instructor Per Svensson said.

Around 250,000 people are expected to attend the week long event in Louisville starting August 4th. Svensson is laying a foundation down on campus before students hit the greens.

"Anything from, how do you manage 3,500 plus volunteers to how to manage a multi-million dollar budget for building all these hospitality venues for a one week event," he said about the class agenda.

The 22 students had to submit a resume and cover letter to get in. It's an opportunity many will use to try landing a job within the competitive field in the future.

"Svensson always says, 'It's not what you know, it's who you know.' So networking will be very big for me," McGee said.

This isn't the first time UofL has taken advantage of what's going on in our area. Svensson says other events, like the Ryder Cup in 2008, have also become part of the curriculum. "It's a lot for them to take in and they're very excited to learn, how do you stage an event like this?"

Svensson says about 10 more U of L students will also be training at the PGA Championship, but they won't get class credit.

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