Top 100 Golf Academy of America Alumni

Jamie Nieto

Graduate of Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

Head Golf Professional

Current Employer: Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois

Jamie Nieto is a PGA Golf Professional focused on the overall operation of Pheasant Run Resort, a William Maddox-designed, par 72 course in Illinois. Nieto has an expertise in general management, tournament operations, golf instruction and food and beverage operations

He says his education at Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach provided him with a base to develop his skill set, and move him in the right direction. "The faculty and staff possess a wealth of knowledge," he says, advising students to, "ask questions and seek out the answers. Also, never think you are too good for or above doing any job. Hard work is hard work and it never goes unnoticed."

In 2003, Nieto survived an accident that left 55 percent of his body covered in severe burns, and now tells his story of recovery as a motivational speaker. He holds an MBA from Virginia College.

What's in His Bag? Titleist

Golf Ball of Choice: Titleist

Best part of his job: "My favorite part of my job is being able to improve my operation day after day and work with a great team to achieve our common goals."