Current Residence: Eagan, Minn.
Hometown: Eagan, Minn.
Home Golf Course: Somerby Golf Club, Bryon, Minn.; Raptor Bay Golf Club, Bonita Springs, Fla.
College: University of Central Florida
Profession: Professional Golfer, LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
- Four-time Minnesota State High School individual champion (2004-2007).
- Set Minnesota State records for lowest score, most titles won by an individual and greatest margin of victory.
- Two-time Minnesota Women's Golf Association State Girls Champion (2003, 2005).
- Competed in two U.S. Girls' Junior Championships.
- Awarded LPGA's Dinah Shore Trophy in 2010 (for combined academic performance, community service and golf scoring average for a Division I golfer).
- Named the 2011 University of Central Florida Scholar Athlete of the Year.
- Division I Academic All-American at UCF, earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in four years.
- Inducted into Minnehaha Academy Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Competed on CN Canadian Women's Tour (2012).
- Top-10 LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship (2012).
- Winner LPGA T&CP Midwest Championship (2013).
Katie Detlefsen knew she wanted to be a professional golfer since she was a young girl. She just didn’t know back then her career path would take her the teaching professional route.
Currently a certified LPGA Teaching Instructor in Minnesota, Detlefsen has been honing in her game and mastering her craft, all the while teaching and inspiring amateur golfers of all ages.
Detlefsen was introduced to golf at age three by her parents, who took up the game as a fun family activity. She quickly took a liking to the sport, and by age six, she was competing in local junior tournaments in Minnesota. At age 10, her parents took her and her siblings to the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin.
“I was so awestruck,” recalled Detlefsen. “That is where my dream of playing on the LPGA Tour started.”
Living in Minnesota, where golf is played only six months out of the year on average, she knew she needed to work twice as hard if she wanted to realize her dream. A straight-A student in the classroom, Detlefsen loves to read and study.
“I started reading about what the best players were doing and how much time they spent practicing and preparing,” said Detlefsen. “It motivated me to be the best player I could be. From sun up to sun down, I was on the course, practicing, studying. I loved it. The whole process was fun to me.”
In high school, she put that time practicing and studying to good use. From 2004-2007, she won the Minnesota State High School Championship. She is the only person in a Minnesota sport to win four straight individual state tournament titles. She also competed nationally in the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association), recording several top-10 finishes, including one win.
She was recruited by several Division I schools throughout the country. As high school valedictorian, she had the opportunity to attend any number of colleges, and decided on the University of Central Florida in Orlando after being recruited by women’s head coach Emilee Klein, a past U.S. Solheim Cup participant. She knew she wanted to play college golf somewhere where she could practice year round and be able to see her family – her parents bought a vacation condo in Ft. Myers and her brother was playing collegiately at Stetson University, also in Orlando.
College was a period of adjustment for Detlefsen, filled with highs and lows. Her most rewarding experience – and one that would help steer her professional direction after college – was winning the 2010 Dinah Shore Trophy Award, an award given annually to a female collegiate golfer who excels in academics and athletics, while also demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.
Detlefsen joins fellow Big Break Myrtle Beach competitor Emily Tubert as the first two Dinah Shore Trophy recipients to compete on Big Break.
“Receiving the trophy was an incredible honor,” explained Detlefsen. “It gave me a glimpse into the LPGA as an organization beyond the Tour, which included their foundation and teaching division that I had previously not known much about.”
Following graduation, Detlefsen turned professional, but was not ready to tackle the competitive tour life just yet. After competing against the country’s top collegiate golfers, she knew she needed to improve areas of her game. Furthermore, she enjoyed conducting golf clinics and camps for junior golfers during her collegiate career.
She enrolled in the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Certification Program following graduation. What initially was meant to be a short term resolution to make her way into the golf industry and earn some money towards her dream became a full-time passion. Detlefsen's desire to be a top level player and expert coach led her to explore golf fitness, club fitting and swing concepts. Today, she is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional and has launched an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Club in Minnesota with her teaching friends. She is a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Instructor and TrackMan radar owner. She also has worked as a Rick Smith Golf Academy Certified Instructor in addition to studying golf's great teachers throughout history.
“It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” said Detlefsen. “Learning to teach and coach over the years while keeping my dream alive has made me an all-around, more complete player.”
She also never lost her love for the game in the process, something she wants to instill in young players. “I want to be a player that is a role model for young girls, who go to a tournament with their parents and then learn to love the game for a lifetime, just like how it happened for me.”
Detlefsen is ready to take that next step in her career to achieve that dream. Big Break Myrtle Beach could be that next step that she needs.