Maria Palozola, LPGA
Golf Channel Academy with Maria Palozola, Valley Park, MO
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.
An accomplished coach and player, Maria is ranked by her peers as one of Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers” in the state of Missouri. She was also recently named to the inaugural list of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal.
A five-time LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year (2008, ’11, ’13, ’15 & ’16), Maria has been teaching golf for nearly 25 years. She is the former Director of Instruction for The Michael Jordan Golf Center and Midwest Golf Lab in St. Louis, and current Head Professional for the Missouri Athletic Club. In addition, Maria founded the St. Louis Women’s Golf Academy and is co-founder of MyGolfInstructor.com. Her many teaching certifications include Titleist Performance Institute (Golf Fitness Instructor and Junior Level 2 Instructor), BodiTrak, GolfPsych and Eyeline Golf (4 Putting Elements), and she’s a Certified Callaway Club Fitter. Maria also runs the St. Louis West County Chapter of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Club.
Palozola enjoyed a stellar amateur career, winning two St. Louis District Championships and a Missouri State High School Championship at St. Joseph’s Academy, before moving onto the University of South Alabama and capturing the 1993 Missouri State Amateur and All-Sunbelt Conference Player honors. As a professional, she competed in a number of LPGA Tour events from 1999 to 2002, including the 2000 LPGA Championship. Among her most notable professional wins are the Illinois Open and LPGA Midwest Section Championship.