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Awards & Honors

Golf Academy of America rewards high-achieving students, both in the classroom and on the golf course, with various honors:

Player's Credential Ribbon

For students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in select classes AND pass the PGA, LPGA or GAA Playing Ability Test (PAT). The GAA PAT test is held once each semester.

Qualifying students will receive the award upon graduation. The Player's Credential will serve to verify that the graduate has achieved a level of playing competency equal to the demands of the PGA Playing Ability Test for Teaching Professionals.

Graduation With Honors

For students who have cleared any "incomplete" marks and are not on probation at the time of graduation AND who graduate with a GPA of 3.67 or higher.

President's Award

This is the most prestigious at-graduation award a Golf Academy of America student can receive. There is one recipient of the President's Award from each graduating class. To qualify, a student must:

  • Be an Honors graduate
  • Successfully pass the PGA, LPGA or Golf Academy of America Playing Ability Test
  • Receive three letters of recommendation from PGA or LPGA Professionals
  • Achieve a 90% or greater attendance rating for all four semesters
  • Earn a minimum of two achievement certificates

Achievement Certificates

Graduating from Golf Academy of America with an associate's degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management (GCOM) is a noteworthy achievement in itself. Adding one of the following certificates to your college experience can increase your marketability in your chosen field in the golf industry. Here are the certificates and their respective qualifications:

Teaching Certificate

  • Have a cumulative grade of 3.33 GPA or better in select classes
  • Have the following handicap index by graduation: Men = USGA index of 8.0 or below; Women = USGA index of 15.0 or below

Club Repair and Fitting Certificate

  • Achieve a grade of 3.0 GPA or better in select classes
  • Complete Club Repair Project
  • Complete assigned Club Repair Term Paper
  • Score 85% or better on Golf Academy of America Comprehensive Club Repair and Fitting Exam

General Management Certificate

  • Have a cumulative grade of 3.33 GPA or better in select classes

Tournament Operations Certificate

  • Have a cumulative grade of 3.33 GPA or better in select classes