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Jun 9, 2017
At just 20 years old, Joshua O’Hearn has a plan. And a backup plan. And a backup plan for his backup plan. But all these plans have one thing in common: golf.
O’Hearn’s passion for golf was born when, in fourth grade, his family moved to a neighborhood with a golf course. An athletic kid, it only took one time on the course for him to get hooked.
“It really stuck with me, more than any other sport,” he says. “I think it’s the hardest sport to really master, and it teaches you a lot of life lessons.”
When asked for examples, O’Hearn lists all the things golf has taught him throughout the years:
“Stay patient. Good things won’t always happen, but trust yourself. Confidence is a big thing.”
O’Hearn came across Golf Academy of America online, researched it and, within a few months, was a student on the Myrtle Beach campus.
“Honestly, it seemed way too good to be true,” he says.
In addition to his classes, O’Hearn takes full advantage of the local events the Myrtle Beach golf community has to offer. A few months ago, he volunteered at Monday After the Masters, where he got to keep score for Davis Love III and Darius Rucker.
Even more recently, he volunteered to caddy at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Caddying, O’Hearn says, showed him a different aspect of golf that he doesn’t usually get to see. It’s something he wants to do again, if given the chance.
O’Hearn said both experiences were unforgettable.
Upon graduation in December, O’Hearn hopes to continue his education. He’s extremely interested in turf management, and thinks there’s a lot to golf course maintenance that most people don’t understand. But with the knowledge he’s gained from Golf Academy of America, he says he’ll be able to transition to any number of golf jobs in the industry.
Of everything he is learning at Golf Academy of America, O’Hearn likes golf instruction best. He is knowledgeable about the golf swing, and he loves watching the enjoyment on people’s faces as he helps them improve.
But teaching is just a backup plan, too. Ideally, O’Hearn hopes to become a professional golf player.
“I want to do something that I love for the rest of my life,” he says.
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