Patti McGowan is a native of Spartanburg, and was delighted to return to her “hometown” and take the reins of the Converse Golf in the spring of 2015. Success came quickly, with a Valkyrie golfer earning the Conference Carolinas “Freshman of the Year” honors in 2015. In 2017, another Valkyrie Golfer coached by McGowan captured the Conference Carolinas “Player of the Year” award. Even more impressive - seven golfers coached by McGowan have earned “Academic All-Conference” selections, and four have earned Conference Carolinas “All-Conference Tournament Team” selections.
Under McGowan’s leadership – The Valkyries enjoyed one of their best years ever as a team in 2017/2018 – finishing as the “Runner-Up” Team in three tournaments. With one of the strongest recruiting classes to date for 2018 – Coach McGowan predicts an even better year for the Valkyries in 2018/2019!
Since returning to South Carolina, McGowan has been honored by her inclusion on the Golf Digest “Best Teachers in Your State” (As named by their peers) both in 2015-2016 and 2017-2018. Over the spring, Patti became a Science and Motion Level 2 Certified Putting Instructor, currently the only “Level 2” in South Carolina.Also, during the summer McGowan served by appointment of President Newkirk as a member of the “Theme Team on Vibrant Community”; an advisory team to the Converse Strategic Alignment Team.
Prior to coming to Converse, McGowan operated her own teaching/training/coaching company for over a decade. In 2013 McGowan also served as the Director of Coaches Training and Certification for the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy - an Internationally recognized top Junior Golf Academy.
McGowan’s career initially took off after joining David Leadbetter and the Leadbetter/IMG Golf Academies assisting with all phases of their original multi-facility global expansion. She was a Senior Instructor and the DLGA International Director of Instructor Training and Certification for a decade. McGowan was instrumental in developing and implementing the Instructors/Coaches Training programs, processes, and the original "Leadbetter Certification" internationally.
Patti also designed the curriculum to many of the various levels of Player Development Programs that have been modeled extensively and remain in use today across the Globe. In addition to teaching/coaching/training extensively throughout the United States and Europe; Patti was also the primary Assistant Coach to many top touring professionals when they were at the very top - such as Nick Faldo.
Prior to joining Leadbetter full time - Patti was a Teaching Professional in Long Island, NY and taught and trained with Chuck Hogan (mentor of Lynn Marriott of Vision 54) for two seasons. Marriott and McGowan assisted Chuck with "SEA Golf Schools" which focused primarily on teaching/coaching the "Mental & Strategic" side of the game.
McGowan spent 14 years on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers List as well as being named 2012-13 Golf Digest Women “America’s 50 Best Women Teachers and 2010-11 Golf Digest’s Inaugural Top 50 Women Teachers List. McGowan is currently a “Class A” member of the LPGA Teaching/Club Professional Association and was a “Class A” member of the PGA of America for 20 years. McGowan has also earned Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 Certification.
McGowan attended Furman University as a Freshman before transferring and graduating from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. McGowan played collegiate golf at both Universities and competed professionally briefly prior to turning her focus to teaching and coaching.
McGowan has also authored and self-published one book - "Knack 4... almost Anything..."