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From a Hobby to a Golf Degree: A Profile of Veteran Steven Grooms

Jun 20, 2014

Golf Academy of America Student Steven Grooms

After proudly serving his country in the United States Air Force, Steven Grooms was looking for the right career opportunity upon completing his military term. His thoughts took him back to when he was about 15 years old. It was at that point of his life when he began playing the game of golf with his dad at a local course in Michigan. Little did he know at that time he was planting the seeds for a career in golf.

When Steven started playing golf, it wasn’t love at first sight, but “something I could do with my dad to spend more time with him.” Now Steven has a passion for the golf industry that has led him to the Golf Academy of America in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in golf course management.

The Advantages of Golf Course Management

In his second semester at the Myrtle Beach campus, Steven is not only improving his golf game on a daily basis, he’s also learning about the ever-changing dynamics of the business end of the industry. “It’s really cool, because all of the teachers are certified to give golf lessons, so the students can take advantage of the opportunity to get better every day,” Steven stated. “We go from learning the business end of running a successful golf course to playing golf every Monday, as part of the curriculum.” Improving the game may as well be part of the curriculum too, because, on average, students improve their handicap by 30% during their time at the school.

As far as the blossoming career Steven is well on his way to achieving, it is “absolutely” something he’d recommend to fellow military members looking for a career after serving their country. “I’m getting such in-depth knowledge on the business end of the golf industry,” Steven said.

A Hole-In-One Golf Job Outlook

After completing his degree, Steven plans to use that business knowledge to manage a golf course. He’d like to work somewhere with a warmer climate so the course can stay open throughout the year – possibly at one of the beautiful courses in Myrtle Beach.

Golf Academy of America offers a number of options to military members interested in pursuing a career in golf. Learn more about our golf degree programs at five campuses across the U.S.