GAA San Diego holds golf tourney to honor veterans

Aug 19, 2011

Golf Academy of America in San Diego held a Veterans Appreciation golf tournament recently at Twin Oaks Golf Club. The purpose of the tournament was to show appreciation to the school's veterans from all branches of the military.

"We are proud to have veterans at our school and we really wanted to thank them for their service to our country," said Henry Salgado, Director of Admissions. The school's military students were encouraged to invite other veterans to participate in the event. Seventy–two student veterans, 31 guest veterans and 14 GAA staff participated in the tournament.

Mike Largent named President of GAA

Mike Largent was recently named president of Golf Academy of America.

Previous GAA president Chris Hunkler retired but will continue to assist the organization as a consultant.

Largent will be responsible for GAA's four campuses nationwide located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Orlando, Fla., Phoenix, Ariz., and San Diego, Calif. and the more than 1,000 students who are enrolled in the 16–month golf career training program. He will also oversee the 45 PGA Professionals and four PGA Master Professionals, the largest collection of PGA certified faculty and staff of any career golf college in the country.

"We are delighted that Mike has agreed to accept this position with Golf Academy of America," said Tom Moore, president and chief executive officer of Education Corporation of America (ECA), GAA's parent company.

"Chris Hunkler and his team have continued to grow and innovate our golf programs at all four of our campuses and we will be adding a fifth campus very soon. Our goal is to assure our graduates that they are well prepared to meet the needs of employers in the golf industry and Mike's skills and background will continue to provide that leadership seamlessly."

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the talented professionals and passionate student body at Golf Academy of America," said Largent. "All four of our campuses are poised to create valuable and fulfilling golf career opportunities for our students. Plus, with our highly qualified and certified staff of PGA Professionals and Master Professionals, Golf Academy of America provides a wealth of experience to get our graduates on the right path to a great golf career."

Largent joined ECA in 2007 as campus president of Virginia College in Birmingham, Ala. and later served as the regional vice–president of the system's other three campus locations in Huntsville, Ala., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Austin, Texas. He also provided leadership for the successful launch of Ecotech Institute in Denver, Colo., the nation's first career college dedicated to the rapidly growing fields of renewable energy and sustainability.

Prior to joining ECA, Largent spent more than 10 years in management consulting and general management roles with the Zyman Group and KPMG Consulting. He also served Frito–Lay/PepsiCo and digital marketing firm in operations and management roles.

Largent earned his B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University and his M.B.A. in marketing from Indiana University.