ALUMNI & STUDENT UPDATES
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 $76 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.
Since Ryan Gray's 2005 graduation from the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, he has been living out his dream. His first professional job was at Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg, PA. He then advanced to two more Pennsylvania posts: First Assistant Golf Professional at French Creek Golf Club and later Head Golf Professional at Honeybrook Golf Club.
Golf Academy of America Dallas Student Trevor Arnold Talks Taking Up Golf at 24, Turning His Hobby Into a New Career
It takes intestinal fortitude to play golf, but that's nothing compared to the guts it takes working hundreds of feet in the air on a cellphone tower. That's what Trevor Arnold was supposed to be doing instead of sitting in a Florida hotel room one day in 2014.
Mike Reichert is a 2013 graduate of Golf Academy of America.
What do you do as Assistant Golf Professional?
I help maintain golf operations and help with pro shop duties. I make sure players have caddies and manage the bag room staff attend to the members and keep carts ready for use throughout the day.
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