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Student Newsletter - March 2013

Mar 11, 2013

At Our Campuses

Practicing the Short Game

GAA Dallas offers a short-game area that is two acres and serves as a great test for all short-game shots. It's conducive to every shot inside of 100 yards, which constitutes 65% of the game.

There are two target greens that have 419 common Bermuda. There is a 6,500-square foot putting green with mini-verde grass. Two sand bunkers and one grass bunker, plus a teeing area, rough, fairway, uphill lies, side lies, downhill likes, and undulations throughout.

Originally designed by Alan Blalock Design Group, campus director Greg Gossett did a redesign that allowed for the entire GAA skills test all at once and was more conducive to higher traffic. The students can do the compass putting, lag putting and hipping on the putting green, pitching and bunker shots on one of the target greens, and distance wedge shots (20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 yards) on the other target green.

At the Phoenix campus, second-semester students worked on their short yardage pitching technique at Bear Creek Golf Complex in Chandler, Ariz.

Edwin Watts Golf Academy Selected GAA Employer of the Year

Vern Jones, Vice President of Edwin Watts Golf Academy (EWGA), spoke to fourth-semester Advanced Teaching students at GAA Phoenix to share information about the excellent teaching and career opportunities they offer.

Students were excited to hear that EWGA was selected as GAA Employer of the Year and to learn of the positive, exciting corporate partnership with endless opportunities. After the presentation, Mr. Jones interviewed several students and answered questions about the upcoming EWGA training and orientation at the Dallas Campus in April 2013.

As a precursor to the scheduled four-day training and orientation at the Phoenix campus, EWGA met with Mr. Eberlein to explore how to enhance the present campus visits to accomplish more hands-on training for GAA students. Discussions and collaboration to improve an already mutually beneficial relationship are ongoing.

Sir Nick Faldo Opens New Academy

Six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo brings Faldo Series to the US with a full-time residential academy at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz.

"This is an exciting time for Faldo Series and for young golfers from around the world," said Faldo. "I have long looked for the best way to bring the opportunity created by the teachings of the Series to the US. The great success achieved here at Grande Sports World in creating opportunity for gifted young soccer players gave us the perfect foundation to build special opportunity for young golfers here."

PGA Master Professional and GAA Phoenix Campus Director, Tim Eberlein, was in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony and was able to celebrate with Faldo.

PGA Player Development Regional Manager Presents at San Diego

Nikki Gatch is not only the Player Development Regional Manager, PGA America, but she is also the daughter of William Gill, Director of Career Services at GAA – San Diego.

Students had the benefit of hearing from Ms. Gatch, a woman with an important role with the PGA and an impressive resume that covers more than 20 years in the golf industry.

As a four-year letter winner of Oklahoma State University Women's Golf Team, Ms. Gatch went on to become a PGA Apprentice who has served on a number of boards. She is currently responsible for the implementation of strategies, initiatives, and programming related to the Golf 2.0 Strategic Plan.

TRUE Linkswear and PGA Tour Superstore Visit Phoenix Campus

Students at GAA Phoenix got to check out the latest trend in golf shoes. Phoenix graduate Cody Knudsen is the sales rep for the Arizona territory and took time to fit many of the students.

TRUE linkswear is a company comprised of passionate golfers who created a groundbreaking minimalist golf shoe that allows the golfer to truly feel the course. In 2013, TRUE launched the ninja and sensei outsoles, as well as made updates to previous designs.

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Also, check out these pictures of a visit to the Phoenix campus from the PGA Superstore.

Check Out Our Students

Student Appreciation Week

Every semester, GAA Phoenix hosts Student Appreciation Week. Students get GAA logoed gifts and have an outing at Peter Piper Pizza.

For every student who attends the Peter Piper luncheon, Peter Piper donates 35 cents per student back to the United Way Fund.

GAA San Diego Students Attend NGCOA

Students recently attended the National Golf Course Owners Association, which boasts more than 5,300 members representing over 7,200 golf courses. Pictured are students with NGCOA staff Susan Butler, Business Development Manager and Scottie Corley, Meeting and Event Manager.

Students Fiona Liba and Erick Andress pose at the GAA booth.