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Student Newsletter - August 2013

Aug 13, 2013

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A Scholarship Brings One Student from SK to AZ

A Scholarship Brings One Student from SK to AZ

This month, Jonas Thomson, a First Nations citizen of Saskatchewan, Canada, will attend GAA – Phoenix on scholarship from Carry the Kettle First Nation.

The 27-year-old was accepted into the golf complex operations and management program. He chose the Phoenix campus because he considers it "the gem for some of the nicest golf courses in North America."

Having started on the golf course with his father when he was just five years old, Thomson hopes to teach youth or compete professionally once he has completed his schooling.

Thomson is pictured with his fiancée Desarae Eashappie and their 2-year-old daughter Lilyana Thomson at the Tor Hill golf course.


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GAA Grad is Head Professional at Edwin Watts Golf Academy – Savannah

GAA Grad is Head Professional at Edwin Watts Golf Academy – Savannah

Derek Knowles, a GAA Orlando alumnus, started an indoor teaching program in conjunction with the Edwin Watts store in Savannah, Ga. Mr. Knowles videotapes golf swings using slow-motion footage and lasers to identify, then correct, problems in a player's swing.

"The video shows every part of the swing, and the combination of the video and the laser reveals all," said Knowles. "Outdoors, you can't see the swing plane, but with what we do, you're surrounded by feedback in a controlled environment, and that gives a player the best opportunity to learn."

Insight from Julie Fenn, Executive Director, Women's Golf Association of Northern CA

Insight from Julie Fenn, Executive Director, Women's Golf Association of Northern CA

How did you achieve your current position?
Before I graduated from Golf Academy of America in Phoenix in August 2010, I had extensive and varied business experience. The combination of experience and education was what allowed me to have the credentials the board of directors was looking for in their new Executive Director.

What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
I loved the game. I liked the social aspect and also being outdoors. Golf is all about honor and integrity, a "you against the course" mentality. I respect those qualities in the people I spend time with and the things I do.

I had a 25-year engineering career and wanted to do something more fun with the rest of my life. I decided to stop saying "When I retire, I'm going to get a job at a golf course," and do something about it now. Golf Academy gave me the start of a network in the industry.

How did Golf Academy of America help you to achieve your goals?
Shortly after I started classes, an instructor gave me the business card of the Executive Director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. He said to call him because he could use my help. I started volunteering, learning the rules, helping run tournaments, meeting other volunteers and learning a little bit about golf associations. That led to introductions that helped me get a Boatwright Internship, which led to jobs at golf courses, and gave me the experience to be ready to take on the leadership of an association myself. This industry is as much about who you know as what you know.

What advice would you give those wanting to get into the golf business?
You have to love not only playing the game, but being around it all the time. You have to be committed to helping others to love it as much as you do, regardless of their playing abilities, age, sex or anything else. Don't expect to make a lot of money; that's probably not going to happen. If you truly love the game, believe in its heritage and want to preserve it, give back as much or more than you take from it. If you can do those things, the rewards are limitless and priceless. You will be happy and build life-long friendships. You can't put a dollar value on that.

Grad Brendan Hood is PGA First Assistant at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Grad Brendan Hood is PGA First Assistant at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Education:
Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, Class of December 2008.

How did you achieve your current position?
Prior to joining Kiawah Island Golf Resort, I held positions at Wild Dunes Resort, PUNTACANA Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic, and Tidewater Golf Plantation. I obtained PGA membership in January 2010 while at Tidewater.

What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
My father is also an accomplished PGA Professional, so he is my biggest influence.

How did Golf Academy of America help you to achieve your goals?
The Golf Academy will help you get through your Level 1 PGA PGM work.

What advice would you give those wanting to get into the golf business?
My advice is to get your PGA Membership as quickly as possible if you're looking to get a good job.

Are you currently a PGA member or seeking PGA membership?
Yes. I have been a member since 2010.