Student and Alumni Newsletter - April 2014
Apr 14, 2014
You Should Know
GAA Orlando Students Part of Arnold Palmer Invitational
GAA Orlando has again played a major role in the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Thirty students assisted the Bay Hill Golf Staff in both the Pro Shop and Merchandise Tent throughout the week gaining merchandising and sales experience.
In addition, 70 students were caddies for the Monday Pro Am and 75+ students caddied in the Wednesday Pro-Am.
Held from March 17 – 23, GAA students were present as Matt Every converted four birdies in a five-hole stretch Sunday to overtake Adam Scott and then hung on to win the 36th Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard for his first PGA TOUR victory.
Every, 30, a native of nearby Daytona Beach, Fla., shot a final-round 70 on a warm and partly cloudy afternoon at Bay Hill Club & Lodge to complete 72 holes in 13-under 275. He won $1.116 million with his fifth top-10 finish of the season, but more meaningful was what the victory meant to his career.
Not only did he capture one of the most prestigious events on the PGA TOUR, but he also earned his first trip to the Masters Tournament. And he had to beat the reigning Masters champion, Scott, to do it.
"It's really cool," said Every, who first attended a PGA TOUR event as a kid when he accompanied his father to Bay Hill. "I've been close. And I kept telling myself maybe it's going to be somewhere special. I still can't believe it."
Having this experience on a resume will be quite meaningful when these students search for future positions in the golf industry!!!
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Look Who's Talking to GAA Phoenix
Left: AC Cox, Manager of Education for GolfTec
Right: Scott Watkins, PGA Professional
This past month, GAA Phoenix had the privilege of welcoming a few guest speakers who provided some great insight and advice to students.
Scott Watkins, PGA Professional and former Tour Player, spoke with 2nd-semester students, while AC Cox, Manager of Education for GolfTec spoke to 3rd and 4th semester students about career opportunities after graduation.
GAA Dallas Field Trip to AMPD Golf Fitness Facility
Students of GAA Dallas took a field trip on March 25 to AMPD Golf Fitness facility and attended a mini class with Andrew Banner.
Andrew graduated from Methodist University with a BS in business administration and was part of the Professional Golf Management Program. While attending Methodist University, Andrew interned and mentored under the direction of multiple elite golf instructors, including Eric Eshleman, Director of Golf at the Country Club of Birmingham, Mike McGetrick, Director of Golf at Colorado Golf Club and Jim McClean at his golf school at the Doral Golf Resort.
Upon graduation, Andrew attended Clarion University to pursue his MBA. While at Clarion University, he was the graduate assistant woman's golf and basketball coach. Andrew is currently certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Established in 2013, AMPD Golf Fitness is a result of over 10 years of dedication and experience of developing golfers into athletes all under the direction of Damon Goddard - Founder & CEO.
They provide a program for golf-athletes of all ages and abilities to optimize their game by increasing performance and reducing the risk for injury. Over the years we have produced two US Amateur Champions, multiple winners on the PGA Tour including two-time US Junior Amateur Champion, NCAA Division I National Champion and PGA Tour winner, Jordan Spieth.
AMPD strives to help all golfers feel and play better and to unleash their potential.
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Snapshot of a Day at GAA Myrtle Beach
Students at GAA Myrtle Beach enjoy a crisp, beautiful day while receiving careful instruction and practicing their golf skills.