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Rich Taliani is a 2008 graduate of Golf Academy of America
What are your duties as Certified Personal Coach?
I'm a golf instructor.
John Edwin DeVore is the author of, “Golfer’s Palette: Preparing for Peak Performance” and a graduate of the Golf Academy of America-Phoenix.
Q. How did you decide to attend Golf Academy of America?
A. In winter 2008, my son, Doug, called from Glendale, Arizona and said, “Dad, I am thinking about a career change and attending the Golf Academy of America.” Still in a lingering search for a new beginning following retirement in 1993, my immediate response was, “Why don’t I come to Arizona and attend the Academy with you?” We chatted about it for a few minutes; and our decision was made. In January 2009, we were off to Chandler, Arizona, Golf Academy of America and I was there for 14 months living with Doug in an apartment adjacent to the second green on San Marcos Resort Golf Course, Chandler, Arizona.
Jason Skiles is a 2007 graduate of Golf Academy of America
What do you do as Head Golf Professional?
I run my own business as well as give lessons on a daily basis.
Golf Academy of America has five campuses located in golf paradises throughout the country. Our students reap the rewards because they get to play some amazing courses, including special access to courses near their campus.
Check out some of the courses you can play near Golf Academy of America in Phoenix:
Tom Kenney is a 2012 of Golf Academy of America
What do you do as Assistant Pro/Teaching Pro?
I provide golf lessons for beginners to high level players, run two 18-hole golf courses and pro shop in conjunction with the Head Pro. I also coordinate golf tournaments and outings throughout the year.
The new Golf Academy of America Myrtle Beach campus recently moved from its Grand Strand location to a new spot in the heart of it all, minutes from the Myrtle Beach's famous boardwalk and Sky Wheel. With more than 12,000 graduates to date, Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach needed a larger, more modern facility that would be poised for growth.
In the Hole Golf Outlet is celebrating two years in business in the Clermont, Florida area. Owner Jeff Boxx is a Golf Academy of America alumnus, with an associate's degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. Congratulations on this milestone, Jeff!
As an invitational tournament with the smallest field of all the majors, The Masters limits its participants to about 100 players each year. Those 100 guys are the ones who get all of the attention, and rightfully so, considering they are the best golfers in the world, performing on perhaps its biggest stage.
But think about all of the golf professionals behind the scenes that it takes to put on the tournament. There are tournament administrators, food and beverage managers, retail managers and course superintendents. And those are just the people involved at the course level. Consider the club designers and club makers. Then there are the golf apparel brands, sponsor teams, sales teams, not to mention swing coaches and golf instructors.
Ryan Kern is a 2012 graduate of Golf Academy of America
What do you do as Head Golf Professional?
I'm in charge of lesson programs, merchandising, scheduling, tournament and league operations, food and beverage management, special event planning, employee hiring and training. I also have a side business building and repairing custom golf clubs which has really helped supplement my income.
April 15 is an important day in the United States. Yes, it’s tax day, but that’s not what we’re talking about. For Golf Academy of America, it doesn’t get much better than National Golf Day, which also takes place on April 15. A group of golf industry leaders and partners called WE ARE GOLF created National Golf Day as a way to promote the economic impact and importance of the game of golf and to discuss the health benefits of golf with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. Be sure to follow the day’s activities and get some great information about the benefits of golf by following the hashtag #NGD15.