Frank Zamora. Assistant Golf Professional/ Outside Services Supervisor position Saint Mark Golf Club
Jul 10, 2013
I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, where golf became a part of my life when I was ten years old. I played baseball and soccer too, but golf had a special place in my heart and is the sport that means the most to me.
Before attending GAA, I served 5 years active duty with the United States Marine Corps. While on active duty, I was fortunate to have played for 18 months on the Camp Pendleton golf team, and was selected in 2010 to attend the All Marine Golf Trials in Cherry Point, N.C. It seemed as though golf had taken a liking to me. One day, while waiting to complete my dental visit before deploying to Afghanistan, I came across an ad for GAA. It was one of those "ah-ha" moments. Since golf had been such a big part of my life for so many years, I thought this would be an ideal fit. After my active service was complete, I enrolled.
While attending GAA, I was able to use military education benefits to focus all my time on academics. The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) through military education benefits afforded me the opportunity to not work during the 16 months at GAA.
I earned an Associates of Applied Business in Golf Complex Operations and Management. My area of emphasis was Golf Professional and General Management. I graduated with honors and was awarded the President's Award, Tournament Operations, General Management, and teaching certificates and the Players' Credential ribbon. While attending GAA, I also passed the PGA PAT.
Once again, a true blessing came on graduation day with a phone call from Jake Kawaguchi, who was then the head golf professional at The Crosby National Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He called to congratulate and welcome me to their outside services team. There was not a day that went by that I didn't learn something new at the Crosby. My time there opened my eyes when it comes to top-notch service and operations.
After six months I was offered an assistant golf professional and outside services supervisor position at Saint Mark Golf Club in San Marcos, Calif. This was another incredible opportunity, in that a new management firm had just bought the facility. The new position and new company came with a lot of responsibility. I was tasked with drafting standard operating procedures (SOP's), creating cart barn diagrams for the a new fleet of golf carts, and working with junior clinics and camps, just to name a few.
Without the great instructors at the Academy and the knowledge they passed to us, there is no way that I would have been as successful as I am so soon after graduation, especially staying here in Southern California. It has all been such a true blessing and I thank everyone at Golf Academy of America for helping me to achieve my goals and dreams.
Frank Zamora is a Golf Academy of America in San Diego Alumnus.