Myrtle Beach Golf Academy of America closing its doors

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Golf Academy of America has announced it will close its doors in Myrtle Beach in the very near future.

Chase Collins, a student at the academy, contacted WMBF News Wednesday and said that around noon he received an email that the school would be closing.

“One day we’re all good, I’m going to the Golf Academy for the thing I love and the next day it’s just over," said Collins.

(SOURCE: Chase Collins)
(SOURCE: Chase Collins)

Collins said that he contacted administration at the school and said that the closure would happen on December 14.

The e-mail came from Stu Reed, the CEO and President of Education Corporation of America who is the parent company of Golf Academy and Virginia College in Florence who also announced they’d be closing their doors.

“A lot of this was us finally finding a niche and we could excel at something that was not only interested in but passionate about,” said Paul Perugini, a student at the Golf Academy.

This map shows all the campuses and schools ran by Education Corporation of America.
This map shows all the campuses and schools ran by Education Corporation of America. (Source: Klein, Ian)

The letter from Reed states the Department of Education added requirements that made the operation of the school more challenging and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) had suspended the school's accreditation.

We reached out to the campus President, Gene Augustine but have not heard back.

Faculty would also not comment, but the accreditation website did confirm the Myrtle Beach Golf Academy’s accreditation is set to expire at the end of the year.

Students will receive credit for all courses passed and seniors will be able to graduate from the 16-month program.

“We barely made it, if I was a third or second-semester student like my friends I’d be a lot more upset," said Cody Ballee, a senior at the Golf Academy.

Students said they plan to keep in contact and try to help each other find jobs and places to continue their education.

In the email, Reed wrote, “This is clearly not the outcome we envisioned for you or our schools and it is with the utmost regret that we inform you of this direction.”

The academy was founded in 1998 and was previously called the Golf Academy of the Carolinas.

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