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How one golf lesson inspired Golf Academy of America student Dan Bubany to pursue a career in golf

Sep 23, 2015

Dan Bubany

When Dan Bubany traveled to Chicago in October 2014 for a one-off golf lesson with a well-regarded instructor, he had no idea just how much more he'd get out of it than a couple putting stroke pointers.

Bubany was living in Phoenix at the time. While accompanying his fiancé on a business trip to Chicago, he took the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one lesson with Todd Sones, who is long regarded as one of the best putting teachers in the United States.

What Bubany did not know at the time was that Sones is part of Golf Academy of America's distinguished Advisory Board. Teacher and pupil stayed in touch after the initial lesson.

"We had a great conversation about the pros and cons of the business," says Bubany. "Todd invited me to hear him speak at the Phoenix campus later that month, and it was after that campus visit that I decided Golf Academy of America was the best place to get started."

Started with a new career in golf, that is.

Not only was he looking for improvement in his golf game, he was mulling over a change of careers. A lifelong sports fan, Bubany thought golf might be a good fit. After all, an interest in the game had had positive professional consequences in the past.

"I didn't really fall in love with golf until I was a 19-year-old sophomore attending Arizona State University," says Bubany. "I wanted to be a sports broadcaster. Someone told me it would be a good idea to learn how to play because there would be a lot of opportunities to play a lot of great golf courses. They were right! My career as a sportscaster has allowed me to play Augusta National, Harbour Town, and TPC Sawgrass."

With such experiences, it's easy to understand the particular allure golf held for Bubany. After an enthusiastic introduction from Sones, he enrolled at Golf Academy of America's Phoenix campus, where he is relishing the opportunity to forge a new professional path. In addition to his curriculum and time on the course, Bubany manages to maintain his own successful golf blog.

"My advice to potential and current Golf Academy of America students would be this: Figure out what it is you love to do and do it as often as you can," Bubany says.

"If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. The money will take care of itself."

As Bubany nears graduation from Golf Academy of America, one thing is clear: He has found what he loves to do, and we can't wait to see where it takes him.

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