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Alumni Newsletter - February 2013

Feb 12, 2013

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GolFutures is Now Focus/Career™

Golf Academy of America has partnered with the leading jobs aggregator in the world, Focus/Career™, to bring a comprehensive look at jobs available in the marketplace. This robust career services tool has replaced GolFutures.

Focus/Career provides job seekers like you with all the support you need to find a job and take the next step in a successful career.

As a registered user, Focus/Career can help you:

  • build or improve your resume
  • match you with jobs that fit your qualifications
  • provide you with feedback on your job search
  • help you understand your local job market

Focus/Career uses patented technology to read millions of resumes and develops from them an understanding of the patterns of successful career transitions, including the skills required to make those transitions.

Once you enter or upload your resume into the system, the tool analyzes your specific qualifications and uses its intelligence to match you with the jobs that are the best fit for you. Focus/Career provides you with all the real-time information and services you need to succeed in a challenging job market.

Focus/Career was designed to be easy to use. The system will guide you through the resume building, job match, and career exploration process step-by-step, much as if you were meeting with a career counselor, but with the convenience and 24/7 accessibility of the Internet.

If you have any questions, please contact your local GAA Career Center or Wayne Jones at 205.552.1278 x 1478 or

Worth Knowing

GAA Donates Hundreds of Golf Clubs

GAA is donating more than 800 golf clubs that were collected across our five campuses at the culmination of our second-annual Clubs Fore Christmas campaign.

GAA students well versed in club building and fitting then worked together to clean, re-grip and re-shaft those clubs in order to prepare them to benefit the children of the Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation and the First Tee of Phoenix.

The Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation's aim is to craft and encourage health, fitness, education and inclusion programs that incorporate golf, especially in a family setting.

The First Tee instills positive values in young people through the game of golf, operating on a national scale and providing safe spaces for children as well as positive role models and mentoring.

Dozens of people came to the GAA's campuses in Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego in the spirit of giving and exchanged their well-used golf clubs for complimentary half-hour lessons with GAA students and expert instructors.

"On behalf of our students and staff, I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone involved in this successful campaign," said Mike Largent, president of Golf Academy of America. "Collecting more than 800 golf clubs for these great causes is a wonderful testament to the generous spirit of golfers."

Check Out Our Students

Students Volunteer at Waste Management Open

Since 2004, GAA Phoenix students have been in charge of operating the driving range for an entire week during the Waste Management Open, a prestigious PGA event.

More than 500,000 people attended the event this year. GAA students were up close assisting the professionals and their caddies on the driving range.

GAA Phoenix students also assisted major manufacturers during the demo days of Golf Fest 2013 at Longbow Golf Course.

One Student's PGA Show Perspective

Get an inside look at the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 24 – 26.

Matthew Sheketoff, a student at GAA Orlando, shared his photos with some of the most well known PGA Pros at the Show.

Also pictured is Sean Wickstrom, GAA Scholarship Winner (left) with Chad Pfieffer, GAA alumnus and two-time President Bush Warrior Open Winner and with Todd Sones, Top 50 Golf Instructor and Top 50 Influencer of the Game of Golf.

Students Become Instructors with First Tee of Phoenix

First Tee of Phoenix offered free training for GAA students to become instructors.

The students work every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning with more than 60 juniors at Lone Tree Golf Club.

First Tee now has six locations throughout Phoenix where many GAA graduates work.

ADS Golf and Whitlam Golf Present to San Diego Students

Scott Cho and Gene Bonk of ADS Golf and Eric Picon with Gauge/Design/Whitlam Golf recently displayed their custom putters, wedges, and irons at GAA San Diego.

Whitlam Golf supplies "the most precise milled putters in the golf industry" – all of which are made entirely in the USA and conform to the USGA's strict guidelines governing the manufacture of golf equipment.

ADS Golf provides custom club fitting by using Trackman 3 and Tomi Pro with more than 20 years of club-fitting experience. Owner Gene Bonk is also an instructor at the campus.

Upcoming Events

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Campus Events

PGA Education Seminars
GAA students have been taking advantage of free PGA Seminars being held at the Phoenix Campus. The most recent was on Social Media and Website Development. Stay tuned for more seminars coming soon.