ALUMNI & STUDENT UPDATES
When Shotmakers premiered on the Golf Channel this spring, 18 players — nine co-ed teams — were vying to win the competition. Two of these competitors happened to be graduates of Golf Academy of America.
Nathan Grafe grew up playing golf, and he always knew he loved the game — but he never had a golf professional look at his swing. Finally, when he was a teenager, he decided it was time to get some feedback from an expert. He hopped in his car and drove to his first professional golf lesson.
Brandon Delgado believes in the importance of investing in yourself and your education. It was this belief that led him to enroll in Golf Academy of America. The same conviction then motivated him to complete the PGA Apprentice program, pass his Playing Ability Test (PAT) and consult a professional résumé writer before graduating.
His name’s been all over the news. Golf Channel. Golfweek. Golf Digest. You name it, they’re reporting it: Xander Schauffele, PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. At just 23 years old and ranked No. 352 in the world before the U.S. Open, Schauffele surprised the golf world with his meteoric rise to the top.
If you asked Daniel Plens what his proudest golf accomplishment was, he would tell you that it’s where he is today. After working as a head golf professional for six years, Plens recently accepted a general manager position at a golf club in his hometown.
Guy Gilmore had worked in the turf industry for seven years when he stopped and asked himself a question. If you could do something for the rest of your life, what would you do?
One day, when Jennifer Alexander was playing in an LPGA National Teaching Championship in Virginia, an LPGA member asked her if she had ever thought about starting an LPGA Girls Golf program. That simple question would alter the course of Alexander’s life and career.
Golf Academy of America in Dallas 22-year-old alumnus Josh Deer has followed his passion – but his path to success was by no means predetermined.
When people think about careers in the golf industry, they tend to think about jobs like a course’s Head Professional. What might be overlooked is that a Head Pro is just one of a multitude of job titles within an industry valued at $84 billion every year. Professionals in the golf industry hold jobs on and off the course, from course architects and event managers to human resources and marketing. Golf Academy of America graduate Chance Leith, owner and publisher of Golf Times Magazine, is one example of how varied the careers within the golf industry can be.
When Brett Castleberry started at Golf Academy of America, like most college students he probably didn’t have an exact idea of where he saw himself after graduation. One thing was for sure — Brett had a passion for the game and chose Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach to launch a career in the golf industry.
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