3 sisters share love of golf at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond

Three sisters chose the golf management program at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: April 8, 2014
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A unique sister act is coming to a close at the University of Central Oklahoma for golf team members Erica, Lindsey and Katie Bensch.

Not only have they been a big part of the Broncho women’s golf team, but each is using her education to pursue a career in the school’s golf management program.

The Broken Arrow sisters are looking forward to the future although life will be entering a new stage as distance and jobs will separate them. Oldest sister Erica soon will become an assistant at King’s Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

To this point in life, the three have been extremely close. They were home-schooled before earning golf scholarships to UCO.

Erica started UCO originally wanting to major in nursing. But after UCO added golf management, her career choice became clear. Later, her sisters decided they also wanted to excel in the golf industry.

In December, Erica graduated and looked back on what she had learned.

“They train you in just about everything, from how to manage a course, to giving golf lessons and running tournaments,” she said. The curriculum also covers budgeting and course maintenance.

Lindsey and Katie will graduate in 2015.

Bob Phelps, director of the PGA Golf Management Program, commented on his unusual students.

“Erica, Lindsey and Katie have been outstanding students,” he said. “Hopefully their success will prove to other high school females with a passion for golf that a career in golf is possible and that the UCO PGA Golf Management Program provides a rewarding experience that prepares students for success.”

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