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Alumni Newsletter - June 2013

Jun 18, 2013

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Let's Give Them Something to Blog About

We are about to launch a new blog and want you to contribute! Help make it worthwhile by submitting your stories: the good, the bad, the truly entertaining. Whether you have observations and insights or want to enlist feedback and responses on the industry, the upcoming GAA blog will be a great tool to share and read about relevant golf topics with your fellow alumni. Look for information about the launch soon.

To get started, send us your opinions about these two topics:

  • Sound off: What's your opinion on public versus private courses? Which do you prefer?
  • Does the PGA Tour impact the number of rounds played by amateur golfers?

Send your submissions to and we'll post them to the blog.

Check Out Our Grads

First Assistant Golf Professional The Polo Club, Boca Raton, FL, is GAA Grad

First Assistant Golf Professional The Polo Club, Boca Raton, FL, is GAA Grad

Brian Fedish left the military with no real knowledge of what he was going to do with his future. He says, "Attending the GAA was without a doubt the best decision I have made…"

"After serving four years in the military, including a tour to Afghanistan, I had no real knowledge of what I was going to do with my future. All I really had was my free time and golf clubs. After meeting many of the instructors and the director at the Myrtle Beach campus, I knew I wanted to make a career in the golf business.

The school was a great experience for me as it provided me with all the necessary skills and knowledge I needed to know to become successful in today's expanding golf business. While attending the academy I also worked at TPC of Myrtle Beach and The Legends Resort on the golf maintenance crew. Following that, I was offered a position as First Assistant at Burning Ridge Golf && Country Club (the 2007 South Carolina Course of the Year). Here I was able to apply my school knowledge and learn more about the business while I continued to attend school.

After graduation, I moved to South Florida to work at The Polo Club of Boca Raton, a high-end private country club with two 18-hole championship golf courses. The timing couldn't have been better and thanks to the knowledge and experience provided by the Academy, I have been successfully working as a First Assistant Golf Professional here ever since. I work full time, year round and am nearing completion of my PGA/PGM bookwork. I plan to attend "The Final Experience" soon.

To this day I still keep in touch with the academy and those who have left since my tenure. Attending the GAA was without a doubt the best decision I have made and I am thankful for the all the opportunities provided to me."

This Alumnus Appreciates Experience at U.S. Open Sectional

This Alumnus Appreciates Experience at U.S. Open Sectional

Shawn Adamczyk was tired physically, and disappointed with his putting stroke, but still came out of Monday's U.S. Open Sectional with a positive experience.

"I'm exhausted," Adamczyk, of Erie, said after shooting rounds of 81 and 77 at Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club, respectively, to finish tied for 71st at 17-over-par 158 at the Sectional qualifier in Purchase, N.Y.

Adamczyk, an all-around athlete and 2006 Villa Maria graduate -- boys no longer attend the school -- was a hero by replacing a player ejected from a PIAA first-round game and hitting the sac fly to beat Geibel Catholic in Villa's first PIAA playoff win at Jerry Uht Park. His golf game was average compared to top high school players, but he improved immensely after attending the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, S.C., getting a degree in golf management after two years.

"I had a couple of bad shots, but I had a bad, bad putting day," Adamczyk said. "I just couldn't get the speed down at all, and when that happens, you're not going to score at all. But in no way was I disappointed. It was a great experience for me playing with some of the best golfers in the United States, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I'll always remember this because who knows if I will ever get this chance again."

JGAA Welcomes a GAA Alumnus as a Summer Intern

JGAA Welcomes a GAA Alumnus as a Summer Intern

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona welcomes Zac Cork, a new summer intern at Troon Country Club. Zac Cork recently graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Chandler, Ariz., with an associate's degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. He has recently begun his requirements to become a Class A PGA Professional. We are excited to add Zac to the JGAA team and look forward to having his help during the upcoming summer events.

Grad Gets Hired by Cleveland Golf

Grad Gets Hired by Cleveland Golf

Congratulations to Kyle Bourassa who graduated in Spring 2013 from GAA – Myrtle Beach. Kyle accepted employment with Cleveland Golf in Orange County, Calif., as a Sales and Fitting Specialist. He was a guest speaker in a career development class before he left and the Alan Rosensteel, Director of Career Services for that campus, said he did an excellent job.