Golf Academy of America (GAA) Graduate Named 2010 Canadian PGA Teacher of The Year

Feb 28, 2011

Jason Helman Earns National Honor After Being Named Ontario Teacher of the Year

February 28, 2010, Birmingham, Ala. -- Representatives with Golf Academy of America (GAA) have announced that 1993 Orlando campus alumnus Jason Helman has been named Canadian PGA Teacher of the Year. Helman is currently serving as the director of instruction at Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario. He was named Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year last October. The Canadian Professional Golf Association (CPGA) is a non-profit association comprised of approximately 3,700 golf professionals across the country with a mandate to promote and advance the game of golf.

"My goal last year was to win one of these two awards," said Helman. "On March 6, 2010, I wrote down that goal on a piece of paper and posted it on my Facebook page as a constant reminder to strive to be the best. My goal has been achieved and while I am very gratified, I am also very honored and humbled to receive such an honor. My fellow nominees are just as dedicated as I am. I am just lucky to be recognized for my work and proud to have attained my goal."

Helman grew up in Westport, Ontario and found out about Golf Academy of America after reading about the career golf school through an advertisement in a national golf publication. The advertisement inspired him to attend the GAA Orlando campus. Helman thanked many friends and colleagues for assisting him through the years to build his golf career path and one of the golf professionals he specifically thanked was Brad Turner, campus director at the GAA Orlando campus.

"Jason (Helman) was someone you knew would make a name for himself in the golf industry and Golf Academy of America is proud to have been the launching point for him to start his golf career," said Turner. "Jason is a perfect example that anything is possible in life, or in the business of golf if you have a dream, a goal and are ready to work hard to fulfill it."

The GAA is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world and prepares graduates for a wide array of golf career opportunities in the $84 billion a year industry. Golf Academy of America is an accredited educational institution offering a comprehensive curriculum of golf instruction and business management. The 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and a comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf.

Graduates from the GAA earn an associate degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. The GAA boasts an 85 percent career placement success rate for graduates for opportunities including: golf teaching professionals, tournament organizers, club managers and owners, golf manufacturing representatives, product development specialists and golf professionals at golf-related companies, among many other golf career opportunities.

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Golf Academy of America (formerly the San Diego Golf Academy) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world. Golf Academy of America's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 800-342-7342 or visit The school are owned and operated by the Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit for more information.