Maria Palozola - Missouri Athletic Club

Maria Palozola

Golf Professional

Maria is responsible for the development, design, implementation and instruction of golf programs for men, ladies and juniors at the Missouri Athletic Club. She’s available for any golf instruction needs or club fitting.

Background & Experience
Maria began offering golf programs to MAC members in February 2016. She has more than 22 years of golf experience. She is known in the industry for being a nationally ranked teacher (Top 50 LPGA) and a strong player with a few professional wins. She holds three state titles (in two states). Maria won the state high school championship, the St. Louis district championship twice and the state amateur in Missouri as well as the Illinois Open. Her personal strengths are driving and putting.

Some of Maria’s coaching and playing credentials include:

  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 LPGA Teachers in the World from 2008-present
  • GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teacher 2017 
  • Chosen LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year in 2008, 2011, 2013 & 2015
  • Selected as a Top 5 Teacher in Missouri and a Top 10 Teacher in Illinois by Golf Digest
  • U.S. Kids Top 50 Teachers List - 2016, 2017
  • Golf Channel featured instructor providing golf tips for the Golf Fix and School of Golf
  • Coach for USA Junior National Golf Team
  • 2002 Illinois Open Champion
  • Participated in LPGA Tour Events, including a major: The LPGA Championship, from 1999-2002
  • 1999 LPGA Midwest Section Champion
  • 1993 Missouri State Amateur Champion
  • 1992-1993 St. Louis District Champion
  • 1987 Missouri State High School Champion

Looking towards the future, Maria is excited to develop an amazing golf program that grows for many, many years and getting to know a lot of great people through the membership and staff!

Fun Facts
Maria is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy where she played varsity golf, basketball and soccer before earning a scholarship to play division one golf at the University of South Alabama. Surprisingly, her favorite sports to play are tennis and basketball. She is a mother to two young boys and enjoys spending time with them and their dog, doing home improvement projects and exercising. She also loves road trips, movies and eating out.

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