Golf Academy of America Hires PGA Professionals Lee, Altman

Apr 28, 2017

Rachel Lee and Nicholas Altman

Golf Academy of America recently welcomed two PGA professionals, Rachel Lee and Nicholas Altman, to our team of instructors at our Dallas and San Diego campus locations.

Lee, a Class A Golf Professional, began her duties at the beginning of January and comes to Golf Academy of America from a varied background in the golf industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and turfgrass science from Kansas State University and has worked in both tournament operations and club operations.

Throughout her career, Lee has been employed by private, semi-private, public and corporate golf clubs and has held roles as an assistant golf professional, head golf professional, director of golf and general manager.

With at least one class from each semester of Golf Academy of America on her roster, Lee will teach every student on campus. Her course load includes Rules of Golf 1, Planning and Organization of Tournament Golf, Understanding Golf Operations, Mechanics of the Short Game and Principles of Golf Maintenance.

“I really enjoy getting up in front of the students because they genuinely want to be there. I get excited about their excitement, and I really enjoy building those relationships,” Lee says. “I love that we provide a real-world idea of what the golf business is.”

“Rachel is an accomplished golf professional, and we are so lucky to have her on board,” says Golf Academy of America National Director of Operations Steve Newman. “She has extensive background in all the classes she teaches. It’s the skilled and experienced faculty that makes Golf Academy of America a truly outstanding place for aspiring golf professionals.”

Altman is the newest instructor on the San Diego campus. He has worked in the golf industry for nine years prior to coming to Golf Academy of America and has given more than 6,000 hours of golf instruction to men, women and juniors in the last four years.

Altman is a PGA Class A member, a PGA-certified golf instructor and has certification from Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). He

has extensive experience with golf instruction technology such as V1 golf, Edufii, Trackman and K-Vest.

He comes to Golf Academy of America from Troon Golf, where he served as head golf professional and lead golf instructor at Santa Maria Golf and Country Club, a new private golf course in Panama City, Panama.

At Golf Academy of America, Altman will teach classes on a variety of topics, including golf repairs, golf instruction and the history of golf. His duties also include giving golf lessons and helping to oversee the campus-wide golf tournament.

“I’ve always loved teaching golf and teaching people, and I really like the technology and the full service offered at Golf Academy of America,” Altman says. “I’m excited to be a full-time teacher and mentor to these students. We prepare students really well and help them on to great careers in the golf industry.”

“Nicholas has had an impressive career working his way up in the golf industry, and we are thrilled to have him on board,” says Newman. “Our students will learn a lot from him.”

Altman began working with Golf Academy of America in February, but will begin teaching the majority of his classes in the summer semester.

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