BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eric Poplowski wanted to play on a college golf team, but wasn't getting many offers.
So he left his home in suburban Pittsburgh to enroll in Golf Academy of America in San Diego, where he whittled four shots off his handicap to become a scratch golfer while completing the 16-month accredited associate's degree program.
After earning All-American honors at Community College of Allegheny County, Poplowski received a scholarship to play golf at Pittsburgh's Point Park University, which has one of the nation's top NAIA golf programs.
"Golf Academy of America was a great place for me to go to improve my game and gain the education I need to get into the golf industry when I finish playing," said the 23-year-old Poplowski, who plans a future career in golf instruction. "I had instructors that helped me figure out my swing, and I dedicated myself to getting better."
"We're proud of Eric," said San Diego campus director Rich Iorio. "He came to Golf Academy of America with a purpose and took advantage of the opportunities we provide."
Poplowski, who was 15 before taking up golf, won individual region titles in both his seasons at CCAC. He was also medalist at the Western Pennsylvania Conference Championship and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association State Championship.
"Attending Golf Academy of America made a world of difference for Eric in golf," said Ken Poplowski.
When the fall 2013 season began, Poplowski was in Point Park's five-man lineup.
"Golf Academy of America helped me reach my goals," said Eric Poplowski.
About Golf Academy of America
Golf Academy of America (formerly San Diego Golf Academy) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world. Golf Academy of America's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Dallas. For information about Golf Academy of America, call (800) 342-7342, or visit www.GolfAcademy.edu. The schools are owned and operated by Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. Visit www.ECAColleges.com for more information.
SOURCE Golf Academy of America