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PGA of America Golf Professional Joe Canny Earns PGA Master Professional Designation

Joe Canny, PGA Master Professional

In a testament to dedication and excellence, Joe Canny, PGA Golf Professional at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln PGA Golf Management Program, has achieved the prestigious status of PGA Master Professional.

This distinction, the highest educational honour conferred by the PGA of America, marks Canny’s ascension to an elite group within the association.

Canny, a member of the Nebraska PGA Section, becomes the 443rd professional to earn the esteemed Master Professional status, specializing in Executive Management.

The journey to this pinnacle requires a minimum of 10 years of PGA Membership, coupled with advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program.

The hallmark of the program is a comprehensive project aligned with the specific certification previously attained by the golf professional.

Established in 1969, the PGA Master Professional Program aims to recognize PGA of America Members who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to professional growth and maintain the highest standards of excellence in their golf operations.

The curriculum is meticulously designed to equip professionals with the skills necessary to meet the evolving demands of the golf industry, spanning Executive Management, Golf Operations, and Teaching and Coaching.

“In the Nebraska Section, we have a few PGA Master Professionals who have helped me grow in my career,” said Canny.

“They are all people I really look up to, and I am extremely honoured to be part of that group now. I truly value my PGA of America Membership.”

“It’s a credential I can show employers and peers that not only did I obtain membership, but I went above and beyond.”

“It’s something I can be proud of. The biggest reason to do this was to show my students at Nebraska PGM the value of PGA education and career development.”

“If I’m going to coach the next generation of PGA Professionals, I’d better be a Master.”

Canny, who has been a PGA of America Member since 2010, graduated from the Nebraska-Lincoln PGA Golf Management Program in 2009.

His career has seen him take on roles such as Player Development Coordinator with the PGA of America in Florida in 2010, followed by a similar role with the Nebraska PGA Section in 2013.

In 2017, he was appointed by the City of Lincoln to oversee player-development programs across the city’s five municipal golf courses.

Returning to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2021, Canny continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of golf professionals.

Throughout his tenure in the Nebraska Section, Canny has received several accolades, including the Youth Player Development Award (2013), Bill Strausbaugh Award (2014), Facility of the Year Award (2019), Patriot Award (2021), and the PGA Professional Development Award (2024).

Canny resides in Lincoln with his wife Stephanie, sons Calhoon and Redmond, and daughter Antonia.