Osgood's Schwinden achieves rare PGA master status
Schwinden achieves rarest of golf professional distinctions
FARGO - Lisa Schwinden's life has revolved around the game of golf.
The former all-conference golfer at the University of Portland has achieved one of the rarest feats in golf. Schwinden became a Masters Professional in December, becoming just the 12th woman in the world to earn that distinction.
"It's pretty cool to be the 12th woman to have this status, the other women to have it are PGA professionals, Suzy Whaley, the president of LPGA is one, to be in a group with her is pretty cool." Schwinden said.
The work to attain this status isn't for the faint of heart. Schwinden basically had to go back to school on a aspect of the game she was interested in researching. She choose to prove the connection of the feel of hitting the ball with the amount of weight on your front foot. After 40 pages of research, there was one last hurdle. Presenting to the PGA of America, in person.
"I got to go to Florida and present to Warren Bottke, a PGA Master Professional and to the other board members and to present my findings and teach a live lesson in front of them. It was the most nerve racking lesson I've ever done." Schwinden said.
Schwinden has been the head professional at Osgood Golf Course since 2005. She has been hands on with the LPGA girls golf club of Fargo, something she was leading on Tuesday at the course this week.
"It's interesting to stand her as a master pro, one of 12 in the world and then work with a five year old girls on learning how to putt. The status hasn't changed me or my status."