Gene Augustine grew up in Larchmont, NY and graduated from Mamaroneck High School where he played varsity football and baseball. He attended State University of New York at Cortland where he majored in Sociology/Criminology and was an all-SUNYAC baseball player. Upon graduation, he attended United State Marine Corps Officer Candidate School where he earned his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Over a twenty-year career as a Marine Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Augustine deployed in defense of his country participating in numerous combat operations to include: Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Silver Wake and Operation Enduring Freedom. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Commendation Medal, Joint Commendation Medal and 3 Combat Action Ribbons.
Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Augustine began teaching at the US Naval War College as an Associate Professor in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership. In August 2015, Professor Augustine decided to pursue another passion and a career in the golf industry by attending Golf Academy of America in Orlando, Florida. He graduated as Valedictorian in December 2016 and received the Conrad Rehling Achievement Award for his high standards of attitude, work ethics and game improvement. He is married to Kathleen, a Certified Nurse Practitioner and Midwife and they have three daughters: Miranda, Alexis and Victoria.