Growing up with golf...
In 1964 my dad took me to a golf course, he heard about a man that worked with juniors and would be able to coach me, his name was Art Prior. Art owned PAR-MOR Golf Course and Driving Range - one of the most unique golf facilities in East Lansing, Michigan. Par Mor had two - 9 hole courses, one a regulation 9 hole course, and a 9-hole Par 3 course. There were 28 stalls on driving range, a large practice putting green and a large practice chipping green. During the winter months Art would put up large nets in one of the maintenance buildings where kids could practice & hit balls inside. Players from Michigan State University Mens and Womens Golf Teams would also practice at his place.
Whenever I was around Par-Mor and Art Prior - I was on top of the world.
I played in every junior tournament possible for girls in the state of Michigan and competed from the age of 10 up until college. I was winning and placing in the top 5 of many local and State tournaments. It was fun to find my name in the local sports section of the Lansing State Journal. M scrapbook has photos, newspapaer clippings, scores and titles. Art Prior helped me with every part of my game and would eventually help me see my future in golf. He also helped two other friends, Sheila Ohman and Gary Domagalski. We all worked for Art Prior on the course. I was thrilled to work for Art Prior, he would watch me teaching on the tee line, and when he didn't think I was watching - I'd catch him close by out of the corner of my eye and he would quietly disappear. He made sure I had all the opportunities possible at that time to learn, practice and play that are almost unheard of today. In honor of Art Prior- and where I grew up in golf - my license plate reads "PAR-MOR."
Today - I am a proud member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association - also known as the LPGA.
I am committed to continuing my education, to learn the skills I need to provide any person the skills to play this amazing game!
~Val Patrick, LPGA Professional - Lynnwood, Washington