Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Degree: Electronic Engineering Technology
Year of graduation: 1972
The average golfer does not have access to a PGA professional to help improve their game. But golfers from beginners to experts have learned from PGA member and Sheridan graduate, Angelo Puma who has built a career offering top-notch training programs for players of all levels.
Programs are run through his company Puma Golf which he started in 1988 with his wife, Linda (Franze), a 1974 Business Retailing Co-op graduate. Originally a golf equipment sales company, Puma served clients across Canada and operated two stores before focusing on instruction and club fitting. Angelo, who studied at the prestigious San Diego Golf Academy, worked as General Manager and Director of Golf for the Family Golf Centre in Oakville from 2008 to 2013.
Recognizing the need for specialty golf instruction, Angelo developed programs for women, seniors and youth. Today, women make up the bulk of his lessons, followed by children as young as four years old and experienced players wanting to solve a specific problem with their swing. “Recently, parent and child and family lessons have become popular as families search for a common interest to share,” says Angelo, who developed a love of golf early in life.
As a boy, he would ride his bike from Port Credit every day to caddy at the Mississauga Golf Club. Following an interest in technology, he came to Sheridan, and applied his education to a job repairing mainframe computers, working his way up to a sales executive position. Along the way, Angelo’s passion for the game of golf never dimmed. In the mid-1980s, he and Linda left their jobs to travel, during which time Angelo earned his PGA membership. Soon after, Puma Golf was born.
The business of golf has changed since then and Angelo and Linda have re-invented the company to keep pace. With the closure of the Family Golf Centre, Angelo and Linda are now building an online sales component to Puma Golf.
According to Angelo, the future of golf remains bright, just less traditional. “I see a shift from 18 to 9 or 12 holes. Most people don’t want to invest 4-6 hours of their day to golf, especially given the increasing cost. I still have many young students anxious to learn the game.”
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Electronic Engineering Technician/Technology program