As much as we all love a day of golf, for some, it can feel like games move at a glacial pace. The speed at which we transition from hole to hole comes hotly debated. Should we view our time on the course as a leisurely endeavor, taking time to "smell the roses," or should we speed things up a bit?
When it comes to legendary players, golf certainly has a laundry list of greats. Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Byron Nelson come to mind. But when we asked two of our campus directors to sound off on their picks as the all time best, the answer was quick and unanimous:
The Southern California Golf Association's Youth on Course program services more than 3,000 junior golfers in southern California, teaching them life lessons through the game of golf. Youth on Course offers affordable instruction and access to local golf facilities in addition to college advising, scholarships and competitive play. Twenty percent of these students receive some sort of financial assistance and do not have access to newer golf equipment.
I’ve got to admit I wasn’t sure Michael McVeigh could do it. Play 198 holes in 11 hours? That’s roughly one hole every three minutes. That’s warp speed even for a scratch player, and McVeigh isn’t a scratch player.
But I didn’t know how determined McVeigh was to raise funds and awareness for Salute Military Golf Association, the benefactor of the proceeds from the Golf Academy of America 11-11 Golf Marathon. And I didn’t know how eager he was to meet a challenge.
Golf Academy of America students and graduates know that values learned through golf don’t stop at the 18th hole. Interpersonal skills, self-management and goal setting are positive side effects that give golfers the tools to be impactful outside of the game. Organizations like The First Tee are passing those ideals on to kids.
Each year on Veterans Day, Golf Academy of America honors the men and women who have served our country by conducting a fundraiser called Patriots Under Par. Veteran students and faculty from all five campuses play 11 hours of golf in their respective cities to raise funds for organizations that serve our military veterans.
Buzz Gill, director of career services on the Golf Academy of America (GAA) – San Diego campus, has spent 42 years as a PGA professional. Like quite a few GAA instructors and staff, he’s worked at golf clubs where legendary pros putted the greens and walked off with PGA trophies.
As with many of today’s leisure activities and expenses, people have begun saying no to golf for two main reasons: takes too long and costs too much. But unlike other sports, golf is equipped to instantly adapt to a shorter, cheaper version of itself.
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Ben Hogan once said, “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” He may as well have been talking about graduates of the Golf Academy of America. What you do after you get your degree is what will take your golf career to the next level.
In April 2011, Andrew Montgomery was serving the United States as a Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan. An encounter with a triple-strand IED caused wounds throughout his body, sending him home to recuperate at Fort Drum, N.Y. It was there that he discovered the game of golf, which he used as a tool for recovery.