Golf Academy of America Students Advance to National Collegiate Golf Championship

Nov 4, 2010

Blake Jirges Matt Burke

Blake Jirges (photo, left) and Matt Burke, students at Golf Academy of America in San Diego, recently tied for first place at the National Collegiate Golf Championship local qualifying event hosted by the University of Southern California. By virtue of their top finish, the two-person team advances to the championship round which is hosted by Collegiate Golf Alliance at the renowned Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Course.

The National Collegiate Golf Championship is the largest collegiate golf even in the world. This year is the ninth annual event with nearly 2,000 players attempting to qualify at over 30 sites nationwide. The Championship weekend will feature the top finishers from around the country, including representatives from 40-50 schools.

As a result of its top finish, USC awarded the GAA-San Diego team a stipend of $650 to put toward the $850 entry fee for the competition. This fee includes golf in the championship round, hotel, meals, and ground transportation in Las Vegas.