SAINT LEO, Fla. – Former Saint Leo men’s golfer Marc Bayram has realized one of his boyhood dreams in recent months, as he attained membership into the PGA of America as a PGA Professional. Bayram, who dawned the Lions’ polo from 2001 through 2005, graduated from Saint Leo with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Golf Course Management. He quickly began to put his knowledge of the sport and passion to succeed to work and soon became the first PGA Member from Saint Leo since the 1970’s.

The voyage was no easy road, however, as Bayram had to endure over three years of requirements in order to become a PGA professional. He first began his journey in 2006 by becoming a PGA Apprentice. The apprenticeship required completion of three levels of extensive study of Golf and Golf Course operation. It also meant uprooting himself to the Port St. Lucie, FL area, the home of the PGA Education Center to conclude many of his tasks. After passing a series of difficult examinations, Bayram completed all necessary courses and exams and now wears the PGA Tour logo proudly.

Despite his recent success, Bayram knows that Saint Leo played a large part in his achievement. He continues to stay in touch with the SLU men’s golf program and maintains an open line of communication with aspiring PGA Professionals including, former Lions, Chris Marinaro, Meghan Costello, Jake Halligan, as well as current Saint Leo men's golf coach Ray Cisbani.

Bayram feels that it is important to pursue what makes you happy and stated, “If you take passion in the sport you play, you will truly enjoy a career doing what you love. That is exactly what I did.” Bayram hopes to continue excelling in the golf profession and looks forward to future challenges and seeing those he has influenced succeed.