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Golf Academy of America Advisory Board

Golf Academy of America Advisory Board

The Golf Academy of America Advisory Board is composed of 28 PGA professionals and industry experts, including 15 national award winners. Together they are helping the Golf Academy of America keep current with trends in the golf industry and provide invaluable strategic advice. They also serve as resources for both current students and alumni.

Bob Barrett Cathy Harbin Steve Napoli
Steve Braley Jim Hart Dave Normand
Jim Brotherton Hank Johnson Jock Olson
Butch Byrd Dr. Elmer Knight Dave Phillips
Scott Cain Brent Krause Brad Redding
Mark Darnell Charlie Lanzetta Paul Reinking
Billy Dettlaff Ken Lindsay Jim Richerson
Perry Dickey Fabian McIntyre Keith Schneider
Jon Drago Ken Morton Larry Starzel

Advisory Board Charter Members

Chip Beck, PGA

Chip Beck is a player known for his contagious enthusiasm and positive attitude. Beck made his initial mark on the PGA Tour in 1988, recording his first two wins at the Los Angeles Open and USF&G Classic. Chip maintained his excellent playing record, winning the 1990 Buick Open. However, it is not a PGA Tour Victory that made Chip Beck a legend in golf. In his third round at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1991, Chip recorded the second 59 in PGA Tour history and forever etched his name into the golf record books. In August 2003, Chip accomplished another historical feat. During the second round of the 2003 Omaha Classic, Chip recorded the first ace on a par-4 hole on the Nationwide Tour.

Chip added his fourth career victory in 1992, with a win at the Freeport-McMoran Golf Classic. He followed with a stellar 1993 in which he finished second at the Masters and earned a Ryder Cup berth, the third of his career. He represented the United States well at the Belfry that year, beating Barry Lane in a singles match to help secure the Cup.

Chip is looking forward to making his Champions Tour debut in September of 2006. Until that time, Chip will continue to play competitively on both the PGA and Nationwide Tours. When Chip is not playing, he gives speeches and golf clinics at corporate outings and charity events throughout the country.

Cindy Rarick, LPGA

Cindy Rarick's vast golfing experience and expertise makes her a valuable addition to the Golf Academy Advisory Board. A member and touring professional with the Ladies Professional Golf Association
LPGA since 1985, Ms. Rarick has won the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic, the LPGA Corning Classic, the Northgate Computer Classic, and is a four-time winner of the World Wide Championship of Pro-Am Golf. She is the Playing Editor of Golf for Women magazine and has produced golf instructional and fitness videos. Ms. Rarick is a golf commentator for NBC Sports and The Golf Channel. She is actively involved in the Tucson Roadrunners Junior Girls Golf Club, the Hawaiian Junior Golf Association, and has been an honorary chairwoman of the March of Dimes. Ms. Rarick is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, where she attended on a golf scholarship.

Todd Sones, PGA

A Class A PGA member since 1983, Todd Sones is the owner of Todd Sones Impact Golf Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois, ranked fourth among golf school in America by Golf Magazine. He is also the founder of the Coutour Golf Putter Company. Mr. Sones has won the Illinois PGA Teaching Professional of the Year Award as well as the PGA Horton Smith Award. He holds the patent for the Tri-Fit Method/Tool for custom-fit putters. He currently writes instructional articles for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golf Tips. Mr. Sones has also written the instructional books Lights Out Putting and Saving Par: How to Play the 40 Toughest Shots in Golf. He is also a featured instructor for The Golf Scene on Fox TV and ESPN Radio.

Gilbert R. Stenholm

Gil joined Spencer Stuart in 1980 after five years with Booz Allen & Hamilton in Chicago. Previous experience included roles in human resources, management development and sales with General Foods, Baxter Travenol Laboratories and Masonite Corporation. He also had experience with Russell Reynolds. A senior consultant of the firm since 1985, Gil serves a wide variety of clients in consumer goods, media, industrial and healthcare products/pharmaceuticals. He also has completed a variety of key functional searches involving marketing, sales, finance, human resources, information systems, legal, and research and development. In addition, Gil conducts consulting projects that involve organizational and compensation benchmarking projects, and is a member of the Board Services Practice and the Strategic Leadership Services Practice. Gil is a graduate of Bob Jones University and a former U.S. Army officer.