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Student and Alumni Newsletter June 2015

Jun 18, 2015


Our Choice for Employer of the Year

Congratulations to the PGA Tour Superstore!

Golf Academy of America's 2014 Employer of the Year award was presented this past Spring to the PGA Tour Superstore management team and western region store managers gathered for a West Coast Summit at their new store in North Scottsdale, Arizona.

Our Choice for Employer of the Year

Fred Barr, PGA, Director of Career Services for Golf Academy of America in Phoenix (pictured between Mr. Whited and Ms. Rhoades), took the opportunity to thank all the store managers for their confidence in hiring graduates of Golf Academy of America to meet the needs of their growing store expansion. PGATSS is projecting to have 50 stores operating by 2018.

"This is a great opportunity for Golf Academy of America and its grads to fulfill the pipeline needs of PGATSS's projected growth and expansion," said Mr. Barr.


Graduate Mike McCabe Honored in Titleist "Difference Makers" Campaign

Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe, the general manager at Old American Golf Club in Texas was honored as a Titleist PGA Professional in "Difference Maker" and appeared in several marketing campaigns.

The campaign honors Titleist PGA Pros who make significant impacts with members and guests at their clubs.

Under McCabe's leadership, the Tripp Davis-Justin Leonard design of Old American, which was inspired by the "Golden Age" (1911 – 1937) of golf course architecture, has received numerous accolades.

McCabe has also overseen the development of amenities at the Club that create lasting impressions including TOUR-caliber practice facilities and a wide range of game improvement programming.

McCabe is a native of Emporia, Kan., graduated from The Golf Academy of America and was the director of golf at Tour 18 Golf Course in a suburb of Dallas. He came to Old American in 2011 after being the director of golf at Bridlewood Golf Club and being named "Merchandiser of the Year" by the Northern Texas PGA in 2010.

Rich Taliani – Certified Personal Coach at GolfTEC in New York

Rich Taliani is a 2008 graduate of Golf Academy of America

Rich Taliani

What are your duties as Certified Personal Coach?
The GAA instructors drove home the fundamentals of the golf swing, which has helped me instruct hundreds of my students. Learning the business side of the golf industry from people who have been very successful has really helped my problem-solving on the job and also given me creative ideas to boost business.

What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
I'm a golf instructor.

How did Golf Academy of America prepare you for your current position?
GAA helped me better understand cause and effect in a golf swing.

What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
All of the staff, facilities and, of course, the golf at Golf Academy of America.

Tell us about your career accomplishments since graduation.
I am Eyeline certified, True Temper Certification, KBS certified, Callaway Certified Club Fitter.

What are your career goals and how do you think your education at Golf Academy of America is helping you achieve them?
Without GAA, I never would have become an instructor.

* There were some links in the July Newsletter email that were mistakenly linking to the June Newsletter. We apologize for this error and you can view the July Newsletter here.


Golf Careers for the Active or Retired Military Member

Golf Careers for the Active or Retired Military Member

If you are or know an active duty or retired member of the military, putting military service training to work in a new golf career in the civilian world might be the ideal consideration.

If golf happens to be your passion, you could have a bright future in the golf industry. Although there is a wide range of career options that allow you to turn your love for the game into a way of making a living, here are our top five golf careers for veterans and retired service men and women.

  • Golf Club Pro: Think it's too much of a leap to go pro? You wouldn't be the first veteran to make the transition. Hall of Famer Lee Trevino served in the U.S. Marine Corps before going on to win 29 PGA Tour events and six major titles, then 29 wins and four majors on the Champions Tour. "Champagne" Tony Lema, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served a combat tour in the Korean War, went on to claim 12 victories, including the 1964 U.S. Open Championship. And the legendary Bobby Jones made the transition twice, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces following his Hall of Fame playing career, and then turning the Masters into a major and transforming Augusta National Golf Club into a golf shrine. If you have the drive, you may just need the proper training to take a swing at playing on a tour.

  • Golf Course Manager: The discipline and hard work ethic instilled in service men and women make them ideal candidates for a post-military career as a golf course manager. Military graduates from Golf Academy of America have gone on to get jobs as pros at prestigious private clubs and top-100 public courses.

  • Golf Instructor: Looking for an opportunity to serve or make a difference is often a key factor in deciding to join the military. It's also why a career as a golf instructor can be the perfect transition from the military to a civilian job. We've seen our former military students go on to find rewarding careers teaching others — including wounded service men and women.

  • Golf Course Designer and Architect: This career is perfect for those who aren't afraid of a challenge. A career in golf course design and architecture is ideal for applying vision, drive, and strategic thinking, which are key factors in military leadership roles.

  • Golf Retail Manager: A career in golf retail management combines leadership skills honed from military training with a passion for the golf industry. It's an opportunity to have a career in a field you love with the same zero-based training the military uses.

There are educational benefits available to those who are active duty and retired military, such as active duty tuition assistance, military education benefits, and veterans' programs that help you pursue an education and start a new career in the golf industry.