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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oakland University announces opening of Rick Smith Golf Academy
     Rochester, Mich. – Oakland University is pleased to announce the launch of the Rick Smith Golf Academy (RSGA) at the OU Golf and Learning Center. As one of the premier golf facilities in Michigan, the center is committed to grow the game of golf by offering cutting-edge golf instruction through the highly respected Rick Smith Golf Academy.

     A renowned golf instructor, Smith designed the R&S Sharf Golf Course and is excited to return to the facility with a world-class, signature golf academy offering.

"My team and I are very excited to have such a fantastic golf academy location, as Oakland University is a first-class facility. The management team and golf staff are top-notch, and we look forward to offering a truly world-class golf experience to golfers in the region, as well as visitors from all over the globe," Smith said.

     Pat Gorman will serve as the RSGA Academy director and will lead the business on a daily basis. His extensive experience includes such accolades as receiving Wisconsin "Teacher of the Year" in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He is the only teacher to ever receive the award three times.

     Rick Smith Golf Academies offer customized programs for all golfers – from beginners to PGA Tour players. Smith and his elite staff of instructors achieve success by focusing on the fundamentals of the golf swing, keeping a minimal student/teacher ratio to allow for personalized instruction, and using clear communication and state-of-the-art swing analysis video technology.

     "We're truly thrilled to welcome Rick Smith back to Oakland University," said Bill Rogers, managing director of golf at Oakland University.

     "Adding a highly acclaimed golf academy like RSGA is consistent with what Oakland University Golf and Learning Center has to offer – that is, the best combination of golf, dining and special event facilities in the region, bar none. Now we can boast world-class instruction alongside 36 holes of championship golf."

     About Rick Smith
     In addition to achieving great success in golf as a teacher, designer and communicator, Smith is regarded as one of the PGA Tour's best sounding boards for swing advice. In 2009, he was ranked as the No. 2 golf instructor in the world by PGA Tour players. Since 2000, he has consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 golf instructors in the world. Both polls were done by Golf Digest magazine, where Smith serves as a teaching editor.

     Over Smith's 25-year career within the golf industry, he has been fortunate to work with a client list that includes major champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Paul Azinger, John Daly and Greg Norman. Adding to that list, Smith has assisted PGA Tour winners Rocco Mediate, Jerry Kelly, Chris DiMarco, Billy Mayfair, Matt Kuchar and Billy Andrade, among others.

     For more information about RGSA, visit For media inquiries, to learn more about the RSGA brand or to contact Rick Smith, contact Smith's business management team, Fidelity Sports Group, LLC, at (407) 420-1500 or

     About the OU Golf and Learning Center
     Oakland University's Golf and Learning Center, located on the beautifully wooded campus of Oakland University, is home to two world-class golf courses: the R&S Sharf Golf Course and the Katke-Cousins Golf Course. In its exclusive state-by-state rankings, Golf Digest ranked R&S Sharf Golf Course 12th among Michigan's 852 golf courses in 2009. The Detroit News also has listed the Katke-Cousins Golf Course among the top 10 in the state. These championship courses have hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments including the first Ryder Cup Champions Invitational in September 2004.

     OU's Golf and Learning Center includes a world-class practice facility with separate areas for full swing, short game and bunker play. It also has a spacious driving range with more than 30,000 square feet of bent grass hitting area and 28 top-of-the-line hitting mats. Separate teaching tees are available for private instruction. Well-defined targets and landing areas help simulate course conditions. The five-acre short game area includes three greens, five bunkers and multiple turf conditions for working on chipping, pitching and bunker games. For more information, call (248) 364-6300.

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Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 125 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at