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Q&A with Recent Golf Academy of America Graduate Chad Walker

Mar 4, 2015

Chad Walker holding golf club

Our alums are a successful bunch. We’ve been proud to feature several of our graduates, from a manager at the Golfsmith Callaway Performance Center to a golf instructor to a participant in the 2014 PGA Championship.

And now we’re excited to highlight Chad Walker, who graduated in December 2014 from the Myrtle Beach campus and is just starting his golf career. He’s got a fresh perspective on life at Golf Academy of America and the advantages of attending.

Q. What were the top reasons you attended Golf Academy of America?

A. I attended GAA for a number of reasons, one being that I didn't have much college experience prior to GAA, so I probably would have had to go to a community college prior to getting accepted into a PGM University program. GAA seemed like a wonderful alternative, and it worked out well in hindsight. The staff at GAA was also very helpful, informative and gave me a very personal experience during the enrollment process.  

Q. How would you describe the camaraderie amongst the students at Golf Academy of America?

A. I made lots of friends while at school, most of which will be lifelong friends in the golf industry. We all got along pretty well considering we are going to be in the same industry and could use each other's help in the future.

Q. How much golf do you get to play while attending GAA?

A. We got to play two rounds of golf per week through school. One tournament day and one open play day. 

Q. Did you improve your game while attending GAA? If so, what aspects?

A. I did improve my game by a few strokes. The part of my game that improved the most would have to be my mental game. It gave me some great tournament experience.  

Q. What are some of the most important lessons you learned at GAA?

A. The most important lesson I learned at GAA was how to conduct myself in a professional manner. Shirt tucked in and being clean-shaven are a few things that go along with conducting yourself in a professional manner. I never thought these things had much importance until coming to school and seeing firsthand how far these little things really go. 

Q. What are you most looking forward to in having a career in the golf industry?

A. I am most looking forward to teaching our youth how to play the game and teaching them my passion that I have for the game.  

Q. What kind of industry connections did you make while attending GAA?

A. The faculty at GAA has some great connections in the golf industry. They all have worked in this industry for a long time and have made many connections, which they pass along to the students.  

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share about your Golf Academy of America experience?

A. There are definitely other options available as far as getting into the golf industry, so I would advise someone to consider all of their alternatives before enrolling. I don't mean that in a bad way at all. GAA is especially valuable to someone that doesn't know much about the golf industry, and it is also very valuable to someone like me who had a lot of knowledge about golf before coming.  

See more from Chad in this video about the top reasons to attend Golf Academy of America and in other videos on our YouTube channel.