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This is the first post in a series exploring professional paths in the golf industry.
You might think of a golf professional as someone who plays the sport for a living. While that can be true, the title of “Golf Professional” isn’t limited to sponsored athletes on the PGA and LPGA tours. More often, Golf Professionals are found working hard at courses around the world, keeping their establishments running smoothly.
The inevitable storm is about to begin, so we might as well face it head on. We're not talking about the wind and rain that always loom as a part of the forecast at The Open Championship. It's not the debate as to whether the major tournament itself should be called The Open Championship or The British Open. No, the huge debate that will be starting any day now revolves around the polarizing subject known as Tiger Woods. Assuming Tiger is in the field at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England from July 17 – July 20, the endless questions will begin. Will he win another major? Will he catch Jack Nicklaus? Will he challenge on the weekend during this major?
This year's Golf Academy of America Spring Classic, a junior tournament the Academy sponsors in partnership with the Southern California PGA, took place on March 31 at the Balboa Golf Course in Encino. James Albert, the SCPGA Tour Coordinator, and Golf Academy of America graduate Chad Rongavilla were among the organizers.
After proudly serving his country in the United States Air Force, Steven Grooms was looking for the right career opportunity upon completing his military term. His thoughts took him back to when he was about 15 years old. It was at that point of his life when he began playing the game of golf with his dad at a local course in Michigan. Little did he know at that time he was planting the seeds for a career in golf.