Dallas Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff at Golf Academy of America in Dallas are PGA Professionals, PGA Master Professionals plus other golf and general educators. Each student benefits from the expertise and professional networks of these professionals.
Mike McDonald, MBA, PGA
Mr. McDonald has been a Class-A member of the PGA of America since 1996. Most recently he was the National Director of Recruiting at GolfTEC, the industry leader in golf instruction. While there, Mr. McDonald gave over 3,000 video lessons and opened a new learning center in the Dallas area. (He also hired more than 50 GAA graduates during his tenure at GolfTEC.
Prior to moving to Dallas in 2003, Mr. McDonald was the Head Golf Professional at Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, SC where he also served on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter of the PGA.
Mr. McDonald is well-versed in video, 3D motion analysis and club-fitting. He graduated with his MBA from Clemson University and from the Professional Golf Management program at Mississippi State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business.
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 Enrollment. 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
Steve Newman, PGA
Steve Newman has more than 16 years of experience at some of the country's greatest clubs, including nine years as Associate Golf Professional at historic Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Oakland Hills has a legacy of hosting many PGA majors and other tournaments.
He also served as the Director of Golf at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, KY which hosted the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup. Mr. Newman has owned his own golf instruction business and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. He is a TPI Certified golf fitness Instructor and a V1 Certified golf instructor.
David Estabrook, Certified Club Fitter
Renowned club fitter David Estabrook has more than 25 years experience in the golf industry. He has worked with both tour professionals and amateurs at PING and GolfTEC Philadelphia.
While at GolfTEC Philadelphia, Mr. Estabrook was named to the Golf Digest "America's 100 Best Fitters" list. He earned GolfTEC's national "Club Salesperson of the Year" award and wrote an article for Golf Magazine. Mr. Estabrook has also worked for PING in multiple capacities, including National Events Coordinator, Fitting Product Specialist, Customer Service Representative and Club Repair Technician.
Mr. Estabrook has served as an educator at Mesa Community College in Arizona and Parkland Community College in Illinois. He now teaches a variety of classes at Golf Academy of America in Dallas, a position he began in 2012.
Nathan Grafe, PGA
"When I took my first golf lesson in 1995 from Head Golf Professional Allen Wooley, I set my sights on not only becoming an accomplished player but becoming a PGA Golf Professional," says Nathan Grafe.
Mr. Grafe, a graduate of San Diego Golf Academy, has worked in a variety of positions during his career before joining the staff of Golf Academy of America. After moving to Dallas from San Diego, he served in an outside service position at Bent Tree Country Club working under Head Golf Professional David Price, 1995 PGA Professional of the Year. In 1998, Mr. Grafe accepted his first Assistant Golf Professional position at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland, Texas and later worked under the tutelage of PGA Head Professional Jim Sanders at The Golf Club at Castle Hills.
After positions at Northwood Club and The Old Orchard Golf Club, working under and playing with former PGA Tour players, Mr. Grafe accepted a position at Gentle Creek Golf Club in 2004. Nine years after his start at Gentle Creek Golf Club, he became Director of Instruction.
As a PGA Professional, Mr. Grafe brings his years of experience and desire to provide a comprehensive instructional program to Golf Academy of America.
Andrew Lundberg, PGA
Andrew has been active in the golf business since 1997 after leaving a seven year career as active duty U.S. Army Military Police with combat deployments to Somalia and Bosnia/Croatia. He was stationed in Germany for nearly six years and Colorado Springs, Colorado for two years.
A PGA member since 2001, his positions have included: Assistant Golf Professional, Marriott Golf; Head Golf Professional, Eldon Country Club (Eldon, Missouri); PGA Director of Golf, Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club (Branson, Missouri); and PGA General Manager/Head Golf Professional, Hodge Park Golf Course (Kansas City, Missouri).
Andrew grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas where he played junior golf and placed third in the 1988 Kansas Class 5A Boys State Golf Tournament. In 2006, he won the Midwest PGA of America Section Merchandiser of the Year, Resorts Category. A graduate of the U.S. Army Military Police School, he also holds an Associate of Arts in General Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.
John Shelley, PGA
Mr. Shelley's teaching philosophy revolves around learning that's simple, less mechanical and most of all fun.
"The ideal golf lesson is one where each student leaves with a clear understanding of his or her golf swing along with a plan and practice drills so they can keep improving by becoming their own coach."
Mr. Shelley grew up in Southern California where he played junior golf and was a high school All-American. He attended Central State University in Edmond, OK on a golf scholarship and was a two-time All-American and the 1990 Lone Star Conference Player of the Year.
As the Assistant Professional at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in the Dallas area, he won the North Texas PGA Metro Assistant Championship and was a member of the winning NTPGA Jordan Cup team in 1994. After earning membership in the PGA, he became the Head Golf Professional at Woodcrest Country Club, then Director of Instruction with The Nicklaus/Flick Golf School at the Golden Bear Golf Center in Carrollton, Texas.