Golf Academy of America Students Work the FBR Open

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150 GAA students worked the driving range at the FBR Open. These students were given an opportunity to see what it takes to succeed in the industry.

It is important for our students to get a real feel and appreciation for the hard work involved in coordinating an event as legendary as the FBR Open. What they learn in the classroom is priceless, but combined with an education on the course they can be unstoppable.

For the third year, the Golf Academy of America (GAA) Phoenix campus volunteered more than 150 students to work the driving range at the FBR Open. Known as the 'Greatest Show on Grass,' the FBR Open is one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR and was held January 26th through February 1st at the TPC Scottsdale.

A two-year golf college, the Golf Academy of America works to prepare students for a successful golf career and introduce them to a wide range of golf jobs available in the industry. With a curriculum of golf instruction and business management at four campuses nationwide, graduates use the education acquired to land the golf job they want.

For the FBR Open, GAA students worked morning and afternoon shifts to accommodate the tournament¹s hours of operations. Up close with the best in the world, students were given a priceless insider look at what it takes - on tour and in tournament management - to succeed in the industry.

"We appreciate the trust and willingness of the TPC Golf Course to allow our students to participate in this event," GAA Phoenix Director and PGA Master Professional Tim Eberlein says. "It is important for our students to get a real feel and appreciation for the hard work involved in coordinating an event as legendary as the FBR Open. What they learn in the classroom is priceless, but combined with an education on the course they can be unstoppable."

Starting with golf played by the likes of JB Holmes, Aaron Baddeley, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh on the beautiful TPC Scottsdale, and ending with the biggest galleries on tour, the FBR Open has a reputation for being unlike any other golf tournament. The 2009 tournament marked the 74th playing of the Open, and the sixth as the FBR Open, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA Tour. For a closer look at the FBR Open, and for records and statistics, please visit http://www.phoenixopen.com.

The Golf Academy of America leads the industry in golf education and features four campuses in major golf markets: Phoenix, Myrtle Beach, Orlando and San Diego. The GAA was founded in 1974 and is today accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.

For more information on the Golf Academy of America, please call 800-342-7342, or visit http://www.golfacademy.edu.

About Golf Academy of America:
Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the Golf Academy of America is the oldest and largest two-year golf college in the world. GAA's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of the business of golf. For more information, call 800-342-7342 or visit http://www.golfacademy.edu .

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