Maria Palozola’s History in the Game

Maria started swinging a club around the age of 5 and by the age of 7 as the youngest in her family of 7 siblings, Maria’s parents enrolled her in the junior golf program at Forest Hills Country Club where her father was a charter member and remained a member until he passed in 2003.  A World War 2 Veteran, Len had a passion for the game as did his father a WW1 veteran.  

Maria quickly fell in love with the game and as a junior, won the junior club championship, competed for Missouri in the 4 State Tournament and won the Ken Lanning Junior Invitational.  As a teenager she qualified for the PGA National Junior Championship, won the State High School Championship while a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy and qualified for the U.S. Amateur along with winning 4 ladies club championships.  Once she reached her 20s she built quite the resume as an amateur golfer in St. Louis winning back to back St. Louis District Championships and the Missouri State Amateur.  She was named an All Sun Belt Conference player while at the University of South Alabama on a 4 year Division 1 Golf Scholarship.  

Her professional career included appearances in a handful of LPGA Tour Events where she either qualified for them or was given a sponsors invite. Highlights include winning the LPGA Midwest Section Championship in 1999 which qualified her to play in a major – The LPGA Championship and winning the Illinois Open in 2002.  

LPGA Midwest Teacher of Year

Maria was voted the LPGA’s Midwest Teacher of the Year in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018

Maria’s has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 5 Teacher in the State of Missouri and Top 10 Teacher in Illinois as voted by her peers. In the mid 2000’s she was voted by Golf Magazine as a Top Teacher in the Midwest. She joined the Golf Channel Academy in 2018 after being name by the LPGA as a Top 50 LPGA Teacher Worldwide.  Maria has received the LPGA’s prestigious Midwest Section Teacher of the Year award 6 times with the most recent being in 2018.  In 2016 and 2017 U.S. Kids Golf named her to their Top 50 Teacher List and GRAA in 2017 named her a Top 50 Growth of the Game Instructor. 

Throughout her career Maria has tried to learn from the best teachers in the game and as a competitive player worked on her own game from the student side with the likes of:  John Elliott Jr, Michael Hebron, The David Leadbetter Academy,  Mike LaBauve, Jimmy Ballard, Jack Lumpkin, Moe Norman and Manuel De La Torre.  She has herself taught thousands of students and lessons throughout her 25 year career as a teaching professional.  She has instructed in Myrtle Beach, Chicago and St. Louis.  

With a Student/ Business Partner Maria built contains several hundred instruction articles, tips and over 500 video tips.  The My Golf Instructor Youtube Channel has over 2 million views to date. At one point Maria was working with over 114,000 golfers worldwide to track their stats, analyze their rounds and analyze their swings,  She was offering daily online video and written advice to improve their games.  She has also filmed several video tips for the Golf Channel that have aired on Golf Fix and School of Golf.  

Through years of experience Maria has learned the most efficient means for helping students achieve their goals quickly. She is not a method instructor, but rather takes a unique approach to each lesson and customizes the lesson and practice plan to the individual before her. She is known as an honest and straightforward instructor who uses clear cut video analysis and drills to help students improve. Come see her to get started on improving your game and technique today!

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Hometown:  St. Louis, MO (Des Peres)
Education:  B.S. Marketing – University of South Alabama
Years Teaching Golf: 25

  • LPGA Top 50 Teacher
  • Golf Channel Academy Lead Instructor
  • 6 Time LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year
  • 2 TIme U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher
  • Golf Digest Top Teachers in State
  • GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Instructor
  • Hourly Instruction Rate:  $125 (1 Hour Lesson Private Adult Lesson)

Junior Rates, 4 Hour Series Rates and Group Private Rates listed below

Maria is the Owner and Director of Instruction for the Golf Channel Academy with Maria Palozola, based at Big Bend Golf Center in the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park. She is also Owner/Director of Instruction for St. Louis Golf Lessons, LLC.

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