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.