Patti Butcher, PGA, LPGA
Patti Butcher Golf Enterprises, Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Patti is the owner and operator of Patti Butcher Golf Enterprises, located at Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center just outside of Grand Rapids, MI. The 2010 LPGA National Golf Professional of the Year and two-time LPGA Midwest Teacher of the Year (2002, 2006), Patti got her start working for heralded instructor and golf professional, Craig Harmon, at famed Oak Hill Country Club outside of Rochester, NY. It was under Harmon’s tutelage that Patti learned the techniques and importance of teaching all players based on their personal goals, from club members to PGA Tour professionals.
Twice named to Golf Digest’s list of the “50 Best Women Teachers in America,” Butcher started the nationally ranked women’s program at Grand Valley State University while serving as the Director of Instruction for The Meadows Golf Club in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. She also spent nine years as the golf professional at historic Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, MI. An active professional, Patti served as the Division II representative for the NCAA Golf Committee and also taught abroad in Chile—working in junior development with the Golf Association of Chile—and the Dominican Republic. Her previous students include an NCAA National Champion, eight high school state champs and many NCAA Division I, II, III and AJGA individual event winners.
Quite a player herself, Patti continues to hold the course record for women at Oak Hill CC as well as Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan, and at the Rutgers University Golf Course in Piscataway, NJ. While competing for Florida Atlantic University, she held the lowest scoring average in all of collegiate golf. Patti continues to compete professionally but her biggest passion is coaching and working with newer golfers, getting them engaged in the game which has taken her all over the world. She specializes in on-course instruction and working with students of all skill levels to meet their scoring goals.