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Ryan M. Wolf, PGA Assistant Golf Professional and Director of Junior Golf, The Dunes Golf & Beach

Dec 11, 2013

After a 2009 graduation from Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, PGA Professional Ryan Wolf secured a position with Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wolf was quickly promoted to the Assistant Professional of the exclusive and private "Members Club" at Grande Dunes.

In the four years Wolf worked at Grande Dunes, he became highly skilled in tournament operations, general management and teaching. Highlights include co-coordinating the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation tournament, the John Deere World Classic, multiple Carolinas PGA Section events and more than 30 member tournaments each year. In addition to his experience in tournament operations, Wolf trained and promoted many fellow Golf Academy of America alumnus.

In March 2013, Wolf accepted a position at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, host of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship. Here, he is creating a junior golf program for more than 200 junior members.

Wolf attributes his success to key values he was taught at Golf Academy of America.

"Going through the program at Golf Academy set me up for a great apprenticeship in the PGA," said Wolf. "Knowing what to expect always helps, and having an understanding of the subject moves the process at a much better pace. I believe sincerely that my education at Golf Academy is what led me to my goal of becoming a PGA Professional. The core curriculum is great, and having knowledgeable and experienced professionals on hand creates a wonderful learning environment."

Wolf advises incoming and current students to take advantage of any opportunity they are afforded. "If it is staying after class to see learn more about the computer software for lessons or volunteering for an event in the area, don't pass up that opportunity," said Wolf. "Also, utilize the staff to your full needs; they are there for you. And finally, when playing at a facility, always take that extra step in networking that will set you above the rest, thank the professional and make an impression on him."

He shared a few final nuggets of advice from one his mentors.

  • The best of the worst, or the worst of the best. Be neither.
  • Do TODAY what you could do TOMORROW.
  • Never say YES when you should say MAYBE and never say MAYBE when you should say YES.
  • Borrow GOOD ideas permanently. And make them GREAT!

"If you can live your life by these keys, you will be successful," said Wolf.