MYRTLE BEACH – Project Golf from Myrtle Beach has a new face at the top.
Angel Diaz, a PGA professional and retired Navy veteran, was named director of Project Golf on July 26th.
Project Golf is a Myrtle Beach-based grow-the-game initiative that focuses on improving access to the sport, including quality training, with an emphasis on junior golfers, military veterans, and aspiring players who may have previously been Didn’t feel comfortable on a golf course.
Project Golf has raised funds to help needy members of the local golf community and is actively reaching out to disabled veterans by using golf as a therapeutic tool.
“There is something for everyone in the Project Golf community,” said Diaz. “Learning and playing the game of golf corresponds to an individual’s life path. You have to have the motivation to start and the will to achieve something. The rest comes from having fun on the go. I look forward to expanding the game of golf in the Myrtle Beach area. ”
Diaz will seek to use his background in the golf business with the organizational and leadership skills he developed during his 22 years with the US Navy.
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“We’re thrilled to have Angel join the Project Golf team,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions, the company that started Project Golf. “As a PGA member and retired Navy veteran, he is uniquely qualified to advance Project Golf. His understanding of the game, creativity and leadership skills will help us expand the reach of Project Golf here in Myrtle Beach and beyond. “
After retiring from the Navy, Diaz, who also has a bachelor’s degree, graduated from the Golf Academy of America and worked as a PGA professional in the Myrtle Beach area for eight years. Diaz worked at True Blue Golf Club, TPC Myrtle Beach and was a senior assistant at Wachesaw Plantation Club, a privately owned Tom Fazio design, shortly before joining the Project Golf team.
Project Golf hosts clinics for juniors, military veterans, and anyone interested in playing the game.
Each series of courses lasts six weeks and helps players introduce the game in a supportive environment that teaches students things from booking a tee time to golf course etiquette and swing basics.
Project Golf connects new players with people with similar skills and enables them to find playing partners they are comfortable with. The organization continues to track players even after they complete their first streak of training to encourage them to stay connected with the sport.