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Mike Kelemen Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

Aug 23, 2012

"Things are going great at Lake Nona and I'm living the dream…still can't believe I work here at times! I've been working hard in my position and also on my game. I've been learning a lot every day and gaining really great experience from the staff. I've already made some solid networking connections with the members and the industry professionals who visit the course. I gave a mini lesson to a member last week as I was closing down the range. I adjusted his set up and path and got him crushing the ball. He was amazed!

But the best part of it all is interacting with the PGA, LPGA and Senior Tour professionals! A couple of weeks ago, I bent, swing weighted and re-gripped two of Trevor Immelman's putters for his practice before the PGA championship. I also did some club work for Eduoardo Molinari, Mark McNulty, Donnie Hammond and Justin Rose. I also see Graeme McDowell, Gary Woodland, Poulter, Retief, Stenson, Peter Hansen, Yani Tseng, Lori Kane and many others when they are in town. One highlight was when Henrik Stenson needed a ride to the airport to go to the US Open with Poulter and McDowell. Their SUV was full so I ended up driving Stenson to the private jet in my Honda Civic while listening to him talk about his game! Crazy!

I'm planning to take the PAT at Falcons this Monday. I played a practice round yesterday and played well. Goal is to pass it or get the qualifying round to start the PGA program. I've looked over the PGA materials and the coursework is everything we covered at GAA so I feel very prepared and plan to get through it easily once I start the books!

Again, I wanted to thank all of you for the Golf Academy of America experience and for giving me the opportunity to work at such a great club!"

Mike Kelemen is a Golf Academy of America in Orlando Alumnus.