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Graduate Chance Leith Builds Golf Lifestyle Business with Golf Times Magazine

Graduate Chance Leith Builds Golf Lifestyle Business with Golf Times Magazine

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.

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Myrtle Beach Grad Enjoys Career as Master Club Fitter

Brett Castleberry; 2015 graduate of Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

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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Gray named Orlando Ritz-Carlton Head Golf Professional

Ryan Gray

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.

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Golf Academy of America Dallas Student Trevor Arnold Talks Taking Up Golf at 24, Turning His Hobby Into a New Career

Trevor Arnold

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.

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Mike Reichert – Assistant Professional at Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor, Illinois

Mike Reichert

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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Kevin Guarneri – Assistant Golf Professional at Paramount Country Club, New City, New York

Kevin Guarneri is a 2012 graduate of Golf Academy of America.

What do you do as Assistant Golf Professional?
I make tee times, give lessons, order merchandise, display merchandise, run tournaments, etc.

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Hamza Yunus – Head Professional at Protouch Golf Academy, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Hamza Yunus

Hamza Yunus is a 2012 graduate of Golf Academy of America.

What do you do as Head Professional?
My job here is to train local coaches, juniors and club members along with arrange sponsorships and manage three to four tournaments a month.

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Charles Rick Vaughn – Golf Event Coordinator at Troon Golf, Rancho Mirage, California

Charles Rick Vaughn

Charles "Rick" Vaughn is a 2012 graduate of Golf Academy of America.

What do you do as Golf Event Coordinator?
I coordinate groups, tournaments and fundraisers ranging anywhere from as small as 12 guests to 144 guests on two different 18 hole facilities.

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Jeff Morgan – Assistant General Manager at Eagle Golf, Mesa, Arizona

Jeff Morgan is a 2013 graduate of Golf Academy of America.

What do you do as Assistant General Manager?
I manage the day-to-day operations of Eagle Golf.

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Maurice Rajotte – Associate Golf Professional at Pinebrook Golf & Country Club, Calgary, Alberta

Maurice Rajotte

Maurice Rajotte is a 2007 graduate of Golf Academy of America.

What do you do as Assistant Golf Professional?
Regular pro shop responsibilities. Manage back shop staff, organize pro shop merchandise. Club fittings, lessons, make sure the members have a great experience every time they come out.

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