Myrtle Beach Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff at Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach are PGA Professionals, PGA Master Professionals plus other golf and general educators. Each student benefits from the expertise and professional networks of these professionals.
Jim Hart, PGA
Jim Hart is a former high school, college, and professional tournament golfer who also brings to his position over a quarter century of experience in the business of golf. Mr. Hart was the New York State Public High School golf champion two years running. He then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Florida where he earned three varsity letters, competing in the Southeastern Conference. After graduation, he became a professional tournament golfer, contending in events throughout North America. He then joined the Carolinas' section of the PGA America in 1981, first as a Tournament Director and then as Chief Executive Officer for the Carolinas Section, the largest of PGA's forty-one geographical entities. In 2000, Mr. Hart became president of Fair Way Golf Management, LLC, a company that owns, operates, and manages golf facilities throughout the Carolinas. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and the master's degree in management from Webster University.
Walter Monahan, MBA
Mr. Monahan is the Academic Dean at the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach. Walt started at the Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach in 2007 where he taught multiple courses until his promotion to Academic Dean in August of 2012. He earned his MBA and BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before coming to Myrtle Beach Walt taught at Colorado Christian University in Lakeland, Colorado.
In his career he has built the curriculum for and/or taught a number of courses including International Business Cultures, Innovation and Management Decision Making, Project Management, Operations Management, Risk Management and Compliance, Management Information Systems, Accounting, Financial Management, Marketing, Business Law, and Attitude and Motivation.
In addition to his experience in academia Mr. Monahan brings many years of business knowledge to the classroom. Among other assignments he was the Director of Consulting Services for the midwest office of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and had responsibility for managing thirty business consultants (Project Managers, Business Analysts, Technical Writers, etc.), budgets, customer contracts, RFP and RFI responses, customer relationships and business development.
Director of Enrollment
Valerie Pimentel, Director of Enrollment
Ms. Pimentel came to the Golf Academy of America in October of 2006 as an Admissions Associate with extensive experience in sports marketing. Her previous experience includes positions at two highly rated Myrtle Beach area golf courses and as Marketing Associate with the American Le Mans auto racing series. She also has experience in the financial services and cellular telephone industries. Ms. Pimentel earned two Master of Business Administration degrees from Virginia College and, after nearly four years as a very successful Admissions Associate, she was appointed Director of Admissions for the Golf Academy of America — Myrtle Beach campus in June 2010.
Henry Salgado, Director of Enrollment
Mr. Salgado has been in the post-secondary education industry for 10 years holding positions in various aspects of the school such as Admissions Associate, Director of Career Services, Campus Director, and Director of Admissions. Mr. Salgado has previously held positions with B&H Education (Marinello Schools of Beauty), California Paramedical and Technical College, Kaplan Higher Education, and the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools. Being involved in all aspects of an educational facility has helped Mr. Salgado understand and relate to students and their needs which in turn allow him to best serve them.
Director of Career Services
Alan Rosensteel, PGA, MBA
Mr. Rosensteel has been a PGA of America member since 1984 and was formerly Head Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at Myrtlewood Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mr. Rosensteel began his golf career as a playing professional, winning the 1984 Riviera Open on the North Florida Winter Tour. He also qualified for and competed in the 1983 United States Open Golf Tournament at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1989, he turned to teaching and became a Golfing Machine Certified Instructor. He has since been recognized by Golf Magazine in 2000 as one of the Top Instructors on the Grand Strand. Mr. Rosensteel is active in the local community and serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Carolina Trust Credit Union. Mr. Rosensteel graduated from Saint Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 1977, earning a B.A. in Mathematics.
Christopher Brode, PGA
Mr. Brode, a native of Maryland, has been a PGA of America member since 2001. A Navy veteran, Mr. Brode has served as an Assistant Pro at Indian Wells, Blackmoor and Diamondback. He was also Head Pro at the Country Club of Beaufort, Rock Gap Lodge & Golf Resort and Musket Ridge Golf Club. As a certified Club Repair/Fitting Specialist with 15 years of experience in the golf industry, Mr. Brode brings a wealth of diverse experiences to Golf Academy of America.
Eddie Brown, PGA
Mr. Brown is a Class A member of the PGA of America. He was formerly General Manager of an off-course golf equipment store in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he increased gross sales by over 150% his first year. He later accepted the position as Apprentice Head Golf Professional at The Hampton Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia, working closely with the architect and superintendent in the final shaping and grow-in of the golf course. Upon earning his membership in the PGA of America in 1993, Mr. Brown accepted the position of Director of Golf for Southeastern Golf Management, managing four golf courses. In 1995, the company was restructured as the Links Group, and Mr. Brown was appointed Vice President and Director of Operations, overseeing as many as sixteen facilities throughout the Southeast. Mr. Brown formed his own management company in 1991, where he leased and operated Lost Plantation Golf Club near Savannah, Georgia, and managed all operations and maintenance of the golf course.
Scott Devaux, PGA
Mr. DeVaux is a Class A member of the PGA of America. He began his career as an Assistant Golf Professional at The Legacy Golf Links in Pinehurst, North Carolina, eventually moving to Southern Pines Golf Club, also in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Finding an opportunity for advancement, Scott then moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he assumed the position of 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Arrowhead Country Club. From there, he branched out to become a Golf Instructor at The Tradition Golf School in Pawley's Island, South Carolina, a Golf Digest Top-25 Golf School, before joining the Golf Academy of America - The Carolinas faculty in December 2006. While at the Tradition Golf School, Scott was nominated for the 2006 Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year and the 2006 Carolinas PGA Section Junior Golf Leader.
Todd Houser, PGA
Mr. Houser has been a PGA of America member since 1993 and was formerly Head Golf Professional at Belle Terre Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mr. Houser played the Grapefruit Mini Tour in Montana in the mid-1980’s, with numerous top-10 finishes. During his competitive playing career, he shot course records at Valley View Country Club in Montana and Pawley’s Plantation in South Carolina. In 1988, Mr. Houser placed 10th in the South Carolina Open and 6th in the Myrtle Beach Open. His career as a club professional has taken him from Pawley’s Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he was an Assistant Professional to Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon, where he was the Golf Operations Manager. He returned to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to assume the position of Head Golf Professional at Sea Gull Golf Course prior to moving to Belle Terre Golf Course. Mr. Houser brings an extensive operational and teaching background to the Academy.
Brad Kirkman, PGA Master Professional
Mr. Kirkman is a PGA Master Professional with 29 years of experience in the golf industry. He has been part of the management team at several premier golf facilities, including the TPC Scottsdale as the Head Golf Professional. Mr. Kirkman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Business Administration degree. Golf Fitness and biomechanics are two of his areas of expertise as he is a Certified TPI level 2 Golf Professional.
Martyn Woodhouse, PGA
Mr. Woodhouse is a European PGA member with 25 years of experience in the golf industry. Prior to joining the Academy, he was the Director of Instruction at Belle Terre Golf Course. An accomplished player, he competed on the European, South Africa Sunshine, and European Challenge Tours. Mr. Woodhouse has held Head Professional positions in England, Germany, and South Carolina and has conducted golf schools in Spain, Portugal, France, and Morocco. As a Head Professional in 1991, he was responsible for developing a new golf club from the ground up; his primary responsibilities included overall marketing, course design, tournament development, and pro shop design, in addition to teaching over 200 brand new golfers. Mr. Woodhouse also learned club repair under two master club makers in England.
Tom Woody, PGA
Mr. Woody is a Class A member of the PGA of America with over 25 years of experience in the golf industry. Prior to joining the Academy, he was the Director of Golf for Heron Point Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has been a Head Professional/Director of Golf at four different facilities in his career, with responsibilities including teaching, junior golf, merchandising, and tournament operations. Mr. Woody created the Cincinnati Inner-City Youth Golf Program and recruited a dozen Cincinnati Bengal football players to help with the program. He is an accomplished player, having won the SDIC Championship, and having been selected SDIC All-Conference in his senior year of college. Mr. Woody holds an M.A. and B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University.