About Laura Patrick

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Laura Patrick, a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructor, has been nominated for LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year (2008 and 2011) and nominated for Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in the State of Minnesota (2012).  She also recently obtained licensing as a HeartMath 1:1 Provider, and is trained to help students increase on-course performance.   In addition to teaching at Baker National Golf Course, Laura offers 0ff-season improvement packages at three West Metro locations.

Since 2003, Laura has worked as a Teaching Professional for the Golf Academy of Three Rivers Park District at Baker National Golf Course in Medina, MN. Laura conducts private, semi-private, group lessons and golf schools to adults and children of all skill levels.   She is a teacher and a coach in every aspect of the game and dedicates her career to creating an environment that is comfortable and welcoming to everyone. She also enjoys working with all levels of golfers, ranging from competitive golfers to those who have never played before.

Laura works with programs of The First Tee, is the Co-Site Director for an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Chapter, and is the Volunteer Coordinator for The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District. Before moving to Minnesota, Laura was an instructor for several junior golf camps and women’s clinics while an Assistant and Teaching Professional at Mt. Hawley Country Club in Peoria, IL.

Laura also served at The Women’s Golf Coach at Augsburg College from 2005-2010.  As Augsburg’s Coach, her team recorded the best MIAC finish in 2009 and lowest 54-hole total in school history.  Since beginning her coaching career, Laura improved the team’s scoring average by 25.5 strokes and improved each player’s stroke averages by an average of 7.1 strokes per player.  In her final year of coaching the Women’s Golf Team also earned most-improved team of the year from the Augsburg College Athletic Department.

While coaching, Laura helped the scoring averages of her players drop as much as 10 strokes in one season and her players have taken home numerous honors.  These honors include two NGCA Academic All-Scholars, two MIAC All-Conference Honorees, two Most Improved Players of the Year (MN Women’s College Golf Association), and our MIAC All-Academic Honorees.  In order to create this high level of success Laura spent a lot of time with each player to develop a plan to maximize each player’s potential.  Her teaching focused on fundamentals, course management, and mental approach.  Through her extensive competitive background she also understood the demands and stresses of competing at a high level.  Throughout the season, she worked with each player to ensure they were having a positive experience at Augsburg on and off the course.  She has helped players with time management, overcoming nervousness, dealing with internal (and external) pressure/expectations, being a well-rounded student athlete, etc.

As a player, Patrick has earned numerous honors in the LPGA’s Teaching and Club Professional division. She tied for 29th at the 2003 national championship, and tied for fifth in the division’s team national championship in 2004.  In the division’s Midwest Section championship she has consistently placed in the top ten (T5th – 2005, 5th – 2006, 7th – 2003 and 2004, and 9th – 2007). As an amateur, she played twice in the LPGA’s State Farm Rail Classic in Springfield, Ill., and twice in the SBC Futures JWA/Anheuser-Bush Futures Golf Classic in Decatur, Ill.

Patrick competed collegiately at Bradley University (Ill.) after competing in her first season at Ohio State. At Bradley, Patrick set school records for low season scoring average and low 54-hole tournament scoring, and was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree. She was team captain and team MVP for a Bradley squad that claimed its first-ever MVC title in 1999. She earned MVC All-Academic Team honors multiple times and was named to the National Golf Coaches Association Division I All-Scholar team in 2000. She was a finalist for Bradley’s Watonga Award, an athletic department honor for community service, academic achievement and athletic success, in 2000.

At Ohio State, Laura set a new freshman scoring average record in 1998, took rookie of the year honors in 1998, and earned medalist honors at the 1997 Lady Buckeye fall invitational. Patrick was an Illinois high school state champion in 1995, and was ranked 23rd nationally among junior girl golfers in 1996 by Golfweek magazine.  Laura also earned all-state track and field honors in shot-put and discus throughout her track and field career at Rochester (IL) High School.

Patrick earned her bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Bradley in 2001, graduating magna cum laude. She received a Dean’s Scholarship from Bradley, was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society, and received the Marketing Excellence Award from the school’s marketing department in 2001.

Laura lives with her husband Joe, two dogs, and three cats.  In her spare time she enjoys taking her dogs to the off-leash area, photography, canoeing, gardening, and helping local animal shelters.  She also has a photography website called Life by Laura so be sure to check it out.

For those of you who would prefer a visual biography representing Laura’s past experiences…enjoy!

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