A Day in the Life of a Golf Academy of America Student
Aug 14, 2017
Jacob Chandler, a student at Golf Academy of America in San Diego, has a jam-packed, golf-filled schedule, and he loves it. He’s getting ready to graduate, but until then, he’s soaking up all the knowledge he can from his instructors. Wednesday is his busiest day of the week:
Chandler’s day starts bright and early. When his alarm goes off, he gets dressed, eats breakfast and prepares to start his day. Around 7:30 a.m., he’s out the door.
Always on top of his workload, Chandler heads to the computer lab to print out the homework that he had emailed to himself the night before.
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Chandler’s first class of the day is accounting, where he’s learning about bookkeeping.
“It’s something I’ve never done before,” he says. “They keep files on everything, so if there’s a problem, they can see where they’re losing money, or where they’re gaining money, or where they’re profiting the most. It’s pretty interesting.”
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Next up is anatomy, which is in one of Chandler’s top five favorite classes.
“I think it’s really important to be able to understand the different muscles and the different moves of golf so when teaching someone, you can build a swing around their body so they won’t injure themselves,” he explains.
Lunch break! Chandler and his classmates use this time to answer each other’s questions about the material they’ve learned, go over their homework or study for a quiz. Then they head down the street to pick up some grub from a food truck.
Chandler’s last class of the day is his absolute favorite: clubfitting. He loves equipment, technology and the idea of making a golf club work for you. “If you thought you knew things about golf clubs, go to a clubfitting class,” he jokes. “I knew the engineering behind golf clubs was intense, but I didn’t realize that there was this much thought and effort into making someone a set that fits them.”
It’s now time for Chandler’s weekly golf lesson. He’s been taking lessons with Rich Iorio, Golf Academy of America’s San Diego campus president, for two-and-a-half semesters.
”He helped build my swing from the ground up,” Chandler says.
Immediately after Chandler’s golf lesson, Iorio gives a lesson to one of Chandler’s friends. Chandler hangs around to learn Iorio’s teaching methods. He wants to see how he would assess someone in a lesson, and how he might go about spotting errors.
Chandler says he learns a lot from these observations: “Not only do I get a lesson for my personal gain, but I also get a lesson in how to teach.”
Sometimes Chandler stays and practices for a few more minutes before heading home. After a shower and a meal, it’s homework time. Today, that means a project for his tournament planning class. He’s creating a calendar of four events, building a schedule and a checklist. When Chandler finishes for the night, he heads to bed, ready to start again the next day.
His Thursday schedule is a little more relaxed. His classes don’t start until noon, so he considers going golfing in the morning.
Chandler’s goal is to earn the President’s Award, an honor bestowed upon students that have demonstrated the highest levels of excellence. When he graduates, he hopes to land a job as an assistant professional at a country club.
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