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Mary Dagraedt, a member and former golf instructor at Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley, will be inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Hall of Fame on Aug. 19 during at the Denver Marriott Conference Center in Parker, Colo.
Dagraedt, a 45-year veteran of women’s professional golf, is “often called a women’s golf pioneer,” according to a release by the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Hall of Fame.
She was instrumental in developing the LPGA’s programs and testing used to train and certify golf teachers.
Dagraedt, who served as the LPGA national chairperson from 1973-75, was a long-time professor and women’s golf coach at Miami-Dade Community College-North Campus.
In 18 years as coach, her team went undefeated in the Florida Collegiate Golf State Championships, captured three national championships and was runner-up once. In 1975, Golf World Magazine ranked her team No. 1 overall among junior and senior colleges.
More than 80 of her players went on to careers on the LPGA , Future’s and European tours.
Dagraedt is the only LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member to have received the National Teacher of the Year (1974), National Coach of the Year (1981) and National Professional of the Year (1984).
She is a member of the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame and the Florida Community College Activities Association Hall of Fame.
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