Top 100 Golf Academy of America Alumni

Matt Wilkes

Graduate of Golf Academy of America in Orlando

Head Instructor

Current Employer: Mike Bender Golf Academy in Lake Mary, FL

PGA Class A Professional Matt Wilkes started playing golf at the age of three. He decided to attend the Golf Academy of America to shift his passion into a career.

Wilkes focused on both teaching and clubfitting and repair at the Orlando campus. He is currently Head Instructor at Mike Bender Golf Academy in Lake Mary, FL, where he created the club fitting sales and repair department. He was honored with the 2018 North Florida PGA East Central Chapter Teacher of the Year award.

“Golf Academy of America gave me a baseline knowledge set of skills and motivated me to excel in the golf industry,” Wilkes says. He encourages current students to take in as much information as possible during their time on campus. “You can never learn enough,” he says.

What's in His Bag? PXG

Golf Ball of Choice: Titleist

Best part of his job: “Teaching and helping others with their games and clubs.”