Golf Academy of America Busy on Both Coasts

Dec 20, 2010

A group of German high school students enjoyed a tour of Golf Academy of America's Orlando campus recently during a tour of Central Florida.

The Ledger, a Lakeland, Florida newspaper, recently profiled Gerald Richardson, a 2003 graduate of Orlando's Golf Academy of America.

The article, titled, Junior Golf in Polk Has Successful Mentor, says "the talent level in Polk County junior golf has soared during the past five years because of The First Tee of Lakeland."

Richardson, 30, serves as Director of Golf for The First Tee of Lakeland at the YMCA Par 3.

A team of Golf Academy of America, San Diego golfers finished with third place honors in the 12th annual Industry Cup Golf Tournament at nearby Temecula Creek Inn Golf Club.

In the school's first year participating in this exclusive event hosted by JC Resorts, the competition was comprised of teams by leading golf companies such as Titleist, Cleveland Golf, Cobra and Puma. The tournament played 27 holes with each of the nine holes in a different format: scramble, best-ball, or alternate shot.

This year's champion was Titleist, whose name was finally engraved on the trophy for the first time after years of domination from TaylorMade and Callaway. Third place was a respectable finish for GAA's first time participation in this industry event.

The Golf Academy of America team was comprised of staff and students: Reb Bareng, Russell Clinard, Max Doneux-Pabst, Harley Hylton, Natassha Iorio, Campus Director Richard Iorio, Director of Instruction Steve Kaese, Eric Poplowski, Jacob Smiley and Field Representative Kellen Tallada.