Top 100 Golf Academy of America Alumni

Juan Raigoza

Graduate of Golf Academy of America in Orlando

Director of Golf

Current Employer: TPC Cartegena at Karibana in Cartagena, Columbia

Columbian-born Juan Raigoza worked as an engineer for decades before he decided to make a career change, pursing his love of golf full time. He graduated from Golf Academy of America in Orlando in 2015, and has since worked with children, including the disabled, through Little Linksters. He is currently Director of Golf at TPC Cartegena at Karibana in Cartagena, Columbia, where he uses a wide range of skills, including technology specific to instruction, tournament planning and business management.

"GAA gave me the tools to understand not only the golf swing, but the whole golf industry," Raigoza says. "The teachers were great and helped me find the real path of my life." He advises students to take advantage of faculty knowledge and networking opportunities while enrolled. "Be persistent, always believe in yourself, and wake up every morning knowing you are working in the career you chose to follow."

What's in His Bag? Titleist

Golf Ball of Choice: Titleist

Best part of his job: "There are several: teaching, being able to be on the golf course every single day and running the whole golf operation at TPC Cartagena."

Juan Raigoza