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Orlando GAA Students Make Pilgrimage to One of Golf's Epicenters

Aug 11, 2010


The large water hazard between Orlando, Florida and St. Andrews, Scotland made a golf pilgrimage difficult, so the students at Golf Academy of America - Orlando visited another iconic locale this summer: the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida. The annual trip was fun and educational, bringing to life the first semester class, History of Golf. The class is taught by Alan "Flash" Flashner, who also serves as Career Services Director.

The World Golf Hall of Fame is home to the game's greatest players and contributors, and those recognized within the Hall have positively impacted the game "on the grandest scale." Students learned about recent inductees including Dwight Eisenhower, Christy O'Connor, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Lanny Wadkins. The Bob Hope exhibit was also a favorite.

Speaking of legends, some in the GAA office say that Flash has played golf for over 400 years, so GAA students scoured the Hall of Fame looking for proof that Flash actually played with Scottish great Old Tom Morris.

After the Hall of Fame visit, students played 18 holes at one of the World Golf Village courses: The Slammer & Squire--designed by Bobby Weed, Sam "The Slammer" Snead and Gene "The Squire" Sarazen--or The King & Bear, a course designed by Arnold "The King" Palmer and Jack "The Golden Bear" Nicklaus.

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