Chris Catena - Assistant Golf Professional, Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, South Carolina
Feb 24, 2015
Chris Catena is a 2009 Graduate of Golf Academy of America
What are your duties as Assistant Golf Professional?
I oversee all day to day golf operation duties, plus tournament operations, management of outside operation staff, private and group instruction. I assist with merchandising, management of tee sheet, monitor pace of play and deliver exceptional customer service to the membership and their guests. I'm also planning for 2015 US Junior Amateur.
How did Golf Academy of America prepare you for your current position?
GAA prepared me with the skills and understanding needed to enter the golf industry. While most of my current skill set was learned on the job, GAA gave me a solid foundation that made it possible to land positions early on in my career.
What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
Love of the game. Love of people. The desire to make golf as enjoyable as possible for everyone with an interest.
What are some of your accomplishments since graduation?
I am a current Level 3 Apprentice in the PGA PGM 2.0 program. I've been an assistant at Essex County Club, Old Marsh Golf Club, The Everglades Club, Oyster Harbors Club and currently Colleton River Plantation. I have attended seminars conducted by Martin Hall, John Bierkan, Mark Blackburn, Chuck Cook and John Webster.
What are your career goals and how do you think your education at Golf Academy of America is helping you achieve them?
I want to obtain a Head Professional or Director of Golf Position at a well-respected club. GAA laid a good foundation for me to enter the golf industry and land jobs at great clubs, build a great network and learn from some of the best in the industry.
What is your advice for current Golf Academy of America students?
The students in my class that took it seriously and took advantage of what was made available to them at GAA have become successful in the golf industry. No one is going to hand you a job when you graduate -- you have to work hard and persist until you earn what you desire.