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Corporate Partnerships Provide Job Awareness, Career Opportunities to Golf Academy of America Graduates

May 20, 2014

Bridgestone, National Golf Course Owners Association and ClubCorp Among Leading Industry Partners 

April 25, 2014, Birmingham, Ala. – Fewer than three years since graduating from Golf Academy of America, Andrew Capelli has traveled to hundreds of golf courses and analyzed thousands of swings.

Capelli works for Bridgestone Golf. He began as a "golf ball fitting technician" helping players find the best type of golf ball to fit their swings. Today, his responsibility is much greater as Bridgestone's territory sales manager for western and central New York State.

"It's a fun job — you meet a lot of people and you visit a lot of new sites — and it's very rewarding," said Capelli, a graduate of Golf Academy of America's Myrtle Beach campus. "It's a little bit different than working at a golf course. And there's great opportunity for graduates."

Bridgestone is one of several prominent golf companies who have entered into corporate partnerships with Golf Academy of America. As part of its partnership, Bridgestone will hire at least 20 GAA graduates this year as golf ball fitting technicians. Company representatives also will visit individual campuses, speak to groups of students and keep students informed about specific job opportunities.

Golf Academy of America's national golf partners include the National Golf Course Owners Association, Troon Golf, PGA Tour Superstore, Club Champion and GolfTec.

 "The interaction between our students and our corporate partners is very important," said national account executive Josh Lourie, who develops and manages employer relationships for Golf Academy of America. "Our students become familiar with different employers, form relationships and learn about opportunities."

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About Golf Academy of America
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, Golf Academy of America (formerly the San Diego Golf Academy) is the world's largest and longest-running two-year golf college. Golf Academy of America's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Orlando, and Myrtle Beach. For more information, call (800) 342-7342 or visit Golf Academy of America is owned and operated by the Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. Visit for more information.