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Golf Academy of America: News on the links

Oct 26, 2011

"I passed up playing on a college golf team," says Kyle Bourassa, a student at Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach. "I felt this school was a more direct path to the industry I wanted to work in."

"It is 24/7 golf," says GAA instructor Gregg Funderburk. "It encompasses everything you need to know about the golf business in sixteen months."

An article on the WCSC–TV website explains how GAA is "driving golf students" to the Palmetto State.

Phoenix: GAA is sponsoring the 2011 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Fall Golf Championships in Tucson and Laveen. GAA will also serve in key tournament operation roles during the two–day event. This is the second year GAA has sponsored the AIA fall golf event.

GAA students will be performing duties as starters, scorers and rules officials. More than 225 high schools representing all classifications (1A through 5A) from across Arizona will be participating in the AIA Fall Golf Championships.

"This is a great opportunity for our students to get a firsthand look at how a big golf event operates," said Tim Eberlein, campus director at Golf Academy of America in Phoenix. "Our students will work closely with members of the Southwest PGA Section and play a major role in providing a first–class, professional golf experience for all of the competitors."

San Diego: In conjunction with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Air Station North Island, GAA will host a Military Appreciation Day golf tournament on November 18 at the Sea n' Air Golf Club located aboard NAVBASE Coronado. The event, "In Honor of Our Nation's Heroes," will begin with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.

The golf event is free and open to any active duty or veteran personnel with a valid military identification card. The event is limited to the first 100 military personnel who register to play. Prizes will be awarded for first place low gross and net scores, plus, closest to the pin and longest and most straight drives.

"The military is such a vital part of our community and we wanted to do something to say 'thank you' to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country," said Rich Iorio, campus director at Golf Academy of America San Diego. "We encourage all active duty and veterans to register and come out for a great day of fun, camaraderie and pride on a great golf course."

Lunch will be provided after the event where any senior veterans, war veterans and VIPs will be recognized. GAA students will also be offering free swing analysis throughout the day.

To register, all interested military personnel with a valid identification card should call (760) 494–4100 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the Military Appreciation Day, call (760) 458–3873.