Day No. 2

January 15, 2015

Two classes on the docket on Day 2 – Fundamentals of Business Management and History of Golf. When I saw Fundamentals of Business Management coming up, I thought I was in for a real snoozefest. Boy was I wrong! Professor RJ Lancaster is hilarious! Dude was dropping jokes like they were going out of style. He also had a lot of really good business ideas and even suggested ways to…


Lone Tree Golf Club

January 14, 2015

Today, I returned to the site of Monday’s Welcome Schamble tournament, Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler. The course derives its name from what’s left of the lone tree that sits just off the 9th tee. It was planted in 1899. The course plays 7,007 yards from the tips and features some pretty challenging sight lines off the tee. I say that because I steered my tee shots on the…


First Day of School!

January 13, 2015

Since the first few days of the spring semester have been spent mostly out in the field (a.k.a the golf course), today marked the first official day of classroom work. In my opinion, the first day of any school year is always the worst because that’s the day when you get bombarded with syllabi from every instructor. We showed up a little before 8:00a for Tim Wilkins’ Attitude & Motivation…


Q: What’s a SHAMBLE?

A: Each foursome selects its best tee shot, and each player plays his/her own ball from there into the hole. The lowest score on the hole counts toward the team total.

January 12, 2015

Western Skies Golf Club

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January 9, 2015

Golf Academy of America tuition includes two rounds of golf per week at over 30 courses in the Phoenix area. Today, I had the opportunity to tee it up with a couple of my fellow classmates at Western Skies Golf Club in Gilbert. The course plays 6,744 yards from the tips and offers very forgiving landing areas off the tee as wells as approach shots into small to medium-sized green…


Orientation Day

January 8, 2015

Orientation Day got off to a 7:30a shotgun start at the Phoenix campus in Chandler. The campus just so happens to be located right next to a PGA Tour Superstore. How’s that for convenient? The Golf Academy is very serious about its dress code. Page Two of the Student Handbooks reads, “Men may not wear shorts while in class… hair must be styled neatly. Male students must wear their hair…


I Guess ‘Hello World’ Huh?

Ah, the now immortal words of Tiger Woods upon turning pro in August of 1996. No one is going to forget that. This is a lot more forgettable, but here goes anyway… I’m turning pro too! After months of deliberation, my new wife and I have decided to enroll at the Golf Academy of America in Chandler. I say ‘we’ because without her, none of this would be possible. Now’s…

January 7, 2015