Patti McGowan enters her third championship season with the Converse Golf Program after being hired in January of 2015.
For the second time in as many seasons, McGowan guided the team to a third place finish at the Conference Carolinas Golf Championships. McGowan coached Marley Felthousen to her third straight Conference Carolinas All-Conference Selection, five Academic All-Conference selections, and three all-tournament selections.
McGowan led Converse to a third place finish in the 2015 Conference Carolinas Golf Championships in her first season at the helm. During her short time with the Purple and Gold, McGowan has coached two All-Conference selections, a Freshman of the Year Selection and Conference Carolinas Championship MVP.
Prior to coming to Converse, McGowan operated her own teaching/training/coaching company for over a decade. In 2013 McGowan 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 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 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.
A Spartanburg, S.C. native attended Furman University before 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..."