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How to Break Into the Golf Industry With a Degree from Golf Academy Of America: Make a Career Out of Golf With These Industry Jobs

Oct 24, 2013

Ben Hogan once said, “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” He may as well have been talking about graduates of the Golf Academy of America. What you do after you get your degree is what will take your golf career to the next level.

Not everyone in the golf industry plays on the PGA Tour (however much we’d all like to!), and you may be surprised at how many doors open the moment your graduation becomes official.

The Golf Academy of America has an extensive list of alumni success stories that can help boost your excitement for life after GAA and the opportunities presented when you receive a degree from one of our five campuses across the country.

Golf Shop Executive

General Manager of the PGA Superstore. Enough said.

David Zaremba (Golf Academy of America Class of 1987) worked his way from cashier to GM of the Chandler, Arizona superstore in just four years, thanks in large part to the business of golf experience he received at Golf Academy of America – San Diego.

Even outside of official PGA Superstores, a degree from Golf Academy of America will help prepare you to run a golf shop of any size.

Golf Instructor

Some people have a knack for teaching. Such is the case with Jason Trafford (Golf Academy of America graduate), who has developed a great reputation as a golf instructor that gets results at the Callaway Golf Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re reading this, you obviously have a passion for golf, so if you also share a passion for teaching, what better way to break into the golf world than to pass on your knowledge to golfers, young and old?

PGA Director of Golf

What’s more fun than running a golf course? Seriously.

Golf Academy of America – San Diego alumnus and recent PING Regional Fitter of the Year Derek Lane does it at The Quarry at La Quinta, a bi-annual fixture in Golf Digest’s Top 100 coursed in the country. As a PGA-certified Director of Golf, you’d be required to handle everything about the course’s golf operations, and you might get to play a bit too.

If you have a background in business management, ranging from personnel evaluation to budget forecasting to member relations and more, Graduation from Golf Academy of America can easily round out your skill set and prepare you for a life on the links.

Executive Director of Membership Associations

Any business experience is a huge plus if you’re looking to make your mark on the golf industry (outside of winning a major tournament, of course). In the case of Julie Fenn (Golf Academy of America – Phoenix graduate - 2010), her diverse business background and education at GAA eventually led her to become executive director of the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California.

Sometimes it’s amazing what an education and passion for the sport can do to open up new opportunities. As Julie herself put it:

“I decided to stop saying ‘When I retire, I'm going to get a job at a golf course,’ and do something about it now. Golf Academy of America gave me the start of a network in the industry.”

Technical Representative

Not all golf careers are confined to courses and clubhouses. Golf Academy of America – Myrtle Beach 2013 graduate Kyle Bourassa, currently works as a West Coast Technical Representative for Cleveland Golf. Kyle credits GAA’s accounting and computer classes for rounding out his golf education, and his previous connections with someone at Cleveland Golf for recognizing his abilities.

There are many more golf industry jobs than the ones highlighted above (just check out our alumni update page), and a degree from Golf Academy of America, along with the industry networking opportunities afforded to GAA students and graduates, can help you find the one that suits you best.