Firsts for GAA

Jan 26, 2012

Dallas: On January 11, Golf Academy of America started classes at its new Dallas campus. Campus Director Greg Gossett, PGA and his staff are excited about the first term and the high caliber of students they are attracting.

Speaking of firsts: Even before classes started, Mr. Gossett and his Dallas crew were busy bringing old golf clubs to life for the junior golfers served by The First Tee of Dallas. In fact, students at the Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Phoenix locations also used their campus's modern club–making equipment to clean, re–grip, and otherwise breathe new life into woods, irons, wedges, and putters collected from generous members of the community. The clubs were donated to The First Tee organizations of Myrtle Beach, Central Florida and Phoenix, respectively.

The First Tee is an initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life–enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

Meanwhile, a total of 282 students recently graduated from Golf Academy of America campuses in Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Phoenix and San Diego with an associate degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. GAA's December graduates included students from 42 states, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

"These students put in a lot of hard work and all of them are now well prepared to step into golf career opportunities anywhere in the world," said Mike Largent, president of Golf Academy of America. "These men and women are positioned to become some of the best–trained and most knowledgeable golf career professionals in the industry. When they leave Golf Academy of America, they are recognized as the future golf professionals who will lead this industry."