Meet Our Professional, Laura Shanahan Rowe
LPGA Class A Teaching Professional & Legends Tour Player
Congratulations to the 2014 New England Women's Open Champion! Sagamore's own LPGA Teaching Professional, Laura Shanahan Rowe, won the 2014 New England Women's Open at Weekapaug GC in Rhode Island in early September... Laura's two-day tournament score was 145 (72-73), which left her with a 2-shot victory... Congratulations Laura, job very well done!
Laura's Teaching Philosophy
My goal is to be effective teacher for all levels of golfers. I am motivated to create a learning environment that makes the lessons fun and simple for an enjoyable experience that produces success. My role is to develop an improvement strategy that's tailored for each golfer along with a realistic practice plan for making those improvements to enable the player to reach their goals.
I am always excited & enthusiastic about the opportunity to assist students in all aspects of their game from stepping through the process of creating a better swing, improving their shorts game skills, understanding the psychological factors that are part of the game of golf and help them understand the role equipment can play in an improvement strategy.
I believe, as an LPGA teacher and from my own playing experience, I provide that for my students. With that, I have achieved my goal of becoming an effective teaching professional.
Laura's Professional Bio & Golf Career
*2009 & Present - LPGA Class A Teaching Professional at the nationally acclaimed Sagamore Golf Center in North Hampton, NH
*LPGA Head Professional & Teaching Professional at Canterbury Woods Country Club, NH 2004-2008
*Winner of the 2008 LPGA T&CP National Championship at Pinehurst, NC
*Six Top-10 finishes on The Legends Tour - Official Senior Tour of the LPGA
*2010 – 3rd place finish in The Legends Tour Open Championship – Innisbrook CC, Florida
*2008 - Selected for the LPGA T&CP Ketel One Cup Team – Mesquite, Neveda
*2014 - Winner of the New England Women's Open, RI - also Winner in 2006
*2nd place finishes in The Legends Tour Event - Hy-Vee Classic, Iowa in 2005, and the Albuquerque Open, New Mexico in 2006 and the Massachusetts Women's Open in 2004
*2012 Rank 31st on The Legends Tour Career Money List
*Other events: LPGA Q-School 2003-2007, Canadian Women's Open, Connecticut Open, Maryland Open
Laura's Amateur Golf Accomplishments
*Winner of the 2001 USGA Women's Mid-Amateur Champion – First NH player to win a USGA event
*Winner - 2002 New England Women's Amateur Champion (-7)
*Winner - 1999 & 2002 New Hampshire State Amateur Champion (Record setting score -10)
*2001 Women's Amateur PLAYER OF THE YEAR from the New England Journal of Golf
*World Amateur Ranking of 30th by Golf Week/Titleist in Jan. 2003
*Winner of the New England Long Drive Championship (3 times, longest 320 yards in 1996)
*USGA Curtis Cup Team Alternate
From Louise Billy / 3-Time NH State AM Champion
"Hi Laura, Just wanted to thank you for the help with my game on Friday, it really helped a lot. I've been in contact with the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association and suggested they do a blog of some kind where someone like me could sing your praises and share my good experience with my lesson with you... I don't understand why more people don't take lessons. Thanks, Louise"
L. Deluc / Student & NHWGA Member
"Hi Laura, Thank you so much for another great lesson. I am sure you could tell how excited I was to work with you again! Everything we talked about and worked on was very helpful and I started to hit the ball better already this weekend. I am going to keep working on the things you have taught me and I will come back to see you in a few weeks.... Thanks again for all your help!"