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
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
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
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.♣
Lori Tubert is a golf mom who has successfully guided her daughter through the gauntlet that can be the world of junior golf, to a successful collegiate career, and on to becoming a professional when she graduates college this Spring. Lori’s story is a bit different from other women and moms that I interview for this show because she does not play golf but rather has developed a formula to help juniors succeed in this daunting and challenging career path.
Lori Tubert is an award winning writer, producer, director and researcher living in Burbank, CA with her husband Marcelo. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ms. Tubert embraced her oldest daughter’s dream who announced at the age of thirteen her desire to play golf. Lori turned her research talents toward navigating the intricate and often confusing world of junior golf. Her efforts guided her daughter from an unknown to the number two college recruit in her graduating year.
Ms. Tubert became motivated to help others when her daughter’s teaching pro asked her to look at how his junior golfers were choosing which events to play. Lori discovered they were playing a lot of tournaments, with no game plan in mind. They were “hoping” they were doing the right thing but the research showed they were basically wasting their time. Lori realized she had a lot of knowledge that could help others guide their own junior golfers on this journey.
Ms. Tubert created Junior Golf Tournament Guidance to help teaching pros, parents, coaches and others learn how to make informed choices on which tournaments to play at every stage of the process to raise experience, opportunities and ranking. Her main goal is to help you “Give Your Game Plan, A Game Plan.”
Christina Ricci, who is also known as Miss Par, and is the author of a series of books that help ladies’ to improve their golf game.
Christina Ricci’s brand draws an impressive audience set in motion by her top-selling title, A Girl’s On-Course Survival Guide to Golf which details how she rapidly became a five-handicap in just five years after taking up the game. Christina’s story and passion for the game resonate with women. Through her books and other products tailored for the female golfer, she provides a unique perspective and a motivating force for golf enthusiasts of all levels.
She is a strong advocate for growing the game, educating women on the importance of Professional
In Christina’s books, More Pars = More Fun!
Penny Pulz is a 2-time LPGA Champion and expert on Focus. This is the second part of her interview with me where she discusses her 10 step focus to win plan; the nuts and bolts of her Focus Determines Success program.
After spending 18 years as a professional golfer on the LPGA tour, in her second act Penny now coaches others on how they can best get into the mindset to perform at their best. Whether its business or sports, Penny can explain to people how they can use their own personal focus style to get them in to the right mindset for peak performance.
Our interview begins where it left off and Penny gives us a 1 minute exercise on how to transition quickly from the rigors of daily life into being ready able to play golf and to perform well.
Debbie Doniger who grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and was a student of Jim McLean for 20 years. As a junior golfer Debbie won every New York Metropolitan tournament. Debbie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was captain of the golf team her junior and senior years. She led the Tar Heels to win the ACC Championship and also led her team to an 8th place finish in the NCAA Championship. In 2004, Debbie was inducted into the ACC Hall of Fame as one of the best women golfers in the ACC for the last 50 years. After graduating, Debbie competed on The Futures Tour, Gold Coast Tour, and Ladies’ European Tour.
Presently, Debbie is in her 11th year as Director of Instruction at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York and is a Lead Master Instructor at The Jim McLean Golf School, where she has studied for over 25 years. In 2012, Debbie was ranked the 7th best teacher in New York and was named to Golf Digest's Top 50 women teachers in America. In 2009, Golf Digest magazine named Debbie the 6th Best Golf Teacher in New York, the highest ranked female instructor in New York, and one of Golf Digest's Top 20 American Golf Teachers Under 40. Debbie was also nominated for Top 100 Golf Instructors by Golf magazine in 2005 and 2007 and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Teachers by Golf for Women magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Many of Debbie’s junior students have earned scholarships to various colleges, most notably Cameron Wilson to Stanford, and Erica Herr to Wake Forest. Interestingly both students qualified for the US Open. Currently Debbie is studying to be certified under the Trackman University.