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Student and Alumni Newsletter July 2015

Jul 22, 2015


Wow! Student Hits His First Hole-in-One

Meet Chris Pierce who grew up playing every sport he could get his hands on including hockey, golf, soccer, football, and lacrosse. But it was golf that piqued his interest the most. Now in his third semester at Golf Academy of America Myrtle Beach and expecting to graduate in December, he talks about hitting his first hole-in-one.


Classes Start September 2

There is still time to enroll and start transitioning to your new life as a Golf Academy of America student.

The Golf Academy of America Open House

On Saturday, August 1 in Myrtle Beach and Orlando and Saturday August 8 in Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego, you can meet our staff PGA Professionals and learn more about turning your passion for the game into a great career!

We'll meet on campus at 9am (Myrtle Beach and Orlando) or 10am (Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego) and get the day rolling with:

  • Short game clinic
  • Campus tour
  • Long drive contest
  • Video analysis of swing
  • Q&A about pursuing your career in golf

No matter your skill level, the Golf Academy of America Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about the business of golf while enjoying the community of golf. But don't wait – register now at the appropriate link below! Have questions? 800-342-7342!

Click these links to RSVP for the events:

Orlando: August 1 at 9:00 AM

Myrtle Beach: August 1 at 9:00 AM

Dallas: August 8 at 10:00 AM

Phoenix: August 8 at 10:00 AM

San Diego: August 8 at 10:00 AM


Grad is Players Assistant at Waldorf-Astoria The Boulders

Grad is Players Assistant at Waldorf-Astoria The Boulders

Having graduated from Golf Academy of America in 2010, Biman Mishra is now the Players Assistant at Waldorf-Astoria The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he manages day-to-day operations for players and the golf staff.

Biman credits the Golf Academy for giving him the tools needed to fulfill his daily duties as a representative of the Waldorf-Astoria brand.

A Word from Director of Golf at Lofoten Links, Lofoten, Norway

Robert Hansen is a 2009 graduate of Golf Academy of America.

Robert Hansen

What do you do as Director of Golf?
I'm preparing the opening of the world's most northerly links course with 18 holes at 68 degrees in cooperation with Troon Golf. I'll be in charge of tournaments under the midnight sun running 24 hours!

How did Golf Academy of America prepare you for your current position?
I wouldn't have been in this position without my education from Orlando. Three years as a GM in the Oslo area and I was headhunted for this job.

What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
Twenty years in the IT business with constant lowering margins, and I wanted an international job with passion and excitement!

Tell us about your career accomplishments since graduation.
As a member of CMA Europe, I've taken Management Development Programs Level 1-3, and I'm on my way to become CCM (Certified Club Manager).

What are your career goals and how do you think your education at Golf Academy of America is helping you achieve them?
CCM in 2016 and moving to a warmer place, once Lofoten Links is running smoothly.

Tell us more about Lofoten Links.
This is a true links course, which will be featured on CNN and Sky during 2015. We have two months of 24-hour tee times in June and July, and the course is open April through October.


Student Participates in Els for Autism Golf Challenge

Joshua Deer is a 20-year-old student at the Golf Academy of America Dallas campus. Originally from North Richland Hills, Tex., Joshua was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

This past May, Joshua participated in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge finale in Las Vegas, Nev., where he shot an 81. Two-person teams compete for a place the Grand Finale, which is a two-day extravaganza including golf and entertainment hosted by World of Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Else and his wife Liezi.

Joshua's family raised $15,000 to help people with autism through the Els Foundation.


Take a Look at Our Most Challenging Par 5 in Orlando

Living in Orlando has many advantages. Sure, there are plenty of things to see and do, including great professional and college sports, amusement parks and shopping. But for golfers, Orlando is nothing short of heaven. As students at Golf Academy of America in Orlando have discovered, attending the Orlando campus is like hitting the jackpot if you love to play lots of golf on some of America's best courses. Our students enjoy the opportunity to experience many of these great public courses in the Orlando area, so we asked them to rate the toughest par 5s in Orlando. Here is the one they ranked the hardest.

Golf Careers for the Active or Retired Military Member

#17 at El Campeón at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Isn't it appropriate that the number one response is for a hole that's been given the nickname "Devil's Delight." Located at one of the South's oldest golf courses, the 17th at El Campeón has a tight fairway and presents a difficult double dogleg. Off the tee, you must avoid the fairway bunkers down the left side of the fairway. If you find the fairway, your second shot will have to navigate around or over the historic old live oak sitting in the center of the fairway. The best approach is to stay to the right of the big live oak giving you a good look at the green, which is guarded by water and slopes severely from back to front. Hit it past the pin and you are faced with a difficult downhill putt.

For a complete list of the Top 5, click here.