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 Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in the State of Minnesota (2007). In addition to teaching at Baker National Golf Course, Laura serves as the Assistant Girl’s Golf Coach at Delano High School and gives lessons at The10 Dome in Long Lake during the winter.
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.
In addition to teaching at Baker National, 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.♣