Golf Academy Joins NCCGA

January 31, 2015

The Golf Academy of America Phoenix has joined the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA). The National Collegiate Club Golf Association is a place for those who don’t or didn’t play varsity golf in college but desire to continue competing. The NCCGA program is run by NextGenGolf. More than 300 teams can be found at colleges and universities nationwide, with 1,500 club players active in the program in 27 different regions….

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bOObs on Golf

ESPN’s Dottie Pepper says she thinks Tiger Woods has the “chipping yips.” Does that mean he has the “chips?”

January 31, 2015
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Rainy Day at the Phoenix Open

January 30, 2015

It was a rainy day at the Phoenix Open but not enough of a downpour to deter me and my first semester classmates at the Golf Academy from showing up at 6:30a to work the driving range at TPC Scottsdale. It was a little eerie to be walking around the property before sunrise. It was my first trip back to the Open since I covered the tournament while a student…

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bOObs on Golf

The Golf Channel’s Curt Byrum told me on the driving range at the Phoenix Open this morning that he thinks Tiger Woods has the “chipping yips.”

January 30, 2015
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Let’s Talk About the Rules

January 29, 2015

I think it’s time we had a talk about the Rules of Golf. There are 34 of them… and they are really hard to understand. In class today, we attempted to dissect Rule 25: Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball, and Wrong Putting Green. It took us over an hour to parse through the legalese. The Rules were written by attorneys, so I guess that’s what you get. Under Rule 25-1a…

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Walton, Vardon & the Blimp

January 28, 2015

In today’s Business Management class, we watched an A&E Biography on Walmart founder Sam Walton. Walton was a bulldog who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. He had a vision, he wouldn’t give up, and he wanted to make good great! Walton was an interesting man and one of the wealthiest men in the world when he died of bone cancer in 1992 at the age of 74. Then it…

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bOObs on Golf

Tiger Woods, new tooth and all, goes off No. 10 tee Friday morning at 7:57. The GAA is working the driving range beginning at 6:30a, so we should get to watch him warm up.

January 28, 2015
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Player Development & Putting Lesson

January 27, 2015

On Tuesdays, Tim Wilkins normally leads our Attitude & Motivation class, but today, because one of the instructors was out sick, he filled-in for another class, and we had a guest speaker: Campus Director Tim Eberlein. A lot of students, me included, have asked about the process of becoming a Class A PGA Professional, and Tim was there to give us the lowdown. Let me boil it down for you:…

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Q: What’s a PEORIA?

A: A tournament format in which six of the course’s 18 holes are secretly selected as special holes after the tournament round. Ideally, there should be a combination of par 3s, 4s, and 5s from both nines. The scores on each of these six special holes are then added up, limiting each player’s hole score to double-bogey. That total is multiplied by three, and par for the course is subtracted from this total…

January 27, 2015
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Skills Development: Short Game Skills Test & Tournament Play

January 26, 2015

Today, we played our first official tournament round at Oakwood Golf Club. I played the course on Friday in preparation for today’s round (see Course Review), but because it’s a 27-hole facility, I didn’t get to see all three nines. On Friday, I played Lakes/Palms, and today, we played Sonoran/Lakes. So a lot of good that did me! The tournament format was Peoria. If you’re like me, you’ve never even…

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