Meet Your Coach
Kathy is from Port Washington, WI and has been a golf Professional since 1981. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts while playing for the Lady Wildcats golf team 1978-1980. After spending 30 years in Florida teaching and playing golf professionally, Kathy now resides in Scottsdale, AZ to be near her immediate family. Kathy is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional who not only cares about the golf progress of her students but recognizes each students potential, provides encouragement, confidence and motivation to all her students regardless of gender, age, and skill level.
Certifications & Accolades
- Played Professionally: US Women's Open participant 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986
- LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division Class A
- College Golf, University of Arizona 1978-1980
- Certified First Tee Coach
- Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers Nominee 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Sarah Hunter Junior Golf Award LPGA Southeast Section 2004
- Rotary Paul Fellow Award 2009
- Collier County, FL High School Coaches Sportsmanship Award 2012
- Florida Gulf Coast University Div Estero, FL
- Naples High School, Naples, FL
- Rick Smith Golf Academy, Naples, FL
- PGA Tour Academy,Naples, FL
- Teaching Positions:Kathy Padgett Golf Academy Naples, FL
- Rick Smith Golf Academy, Tiburon Golf Resort, Naples, FL
- PGA Tour Academy, Tiburon Golf Resort, Naples, FL
A Word from Kathy's Students
- Sarah Guite, Naples, Florida
"Kathy is excellent at helping you understand each piece of the golf swing easily. Not only to adults, but children as well! She has played a vital role in developing my children's swing, creating fun ways for them to practice and sparking a continuous love of the game in them!"
- Amy Kodak, Naples, FL
"Kathy is a phenomenal teacher. WOW! I can't say enough. She gave me the best and most effective lesson I have ever had, and I have had many over the last 15 years. I improved 100% after one lesson. The best witness to this is my golf partner of five years who couldn't believe the difference in my game and kept saying, 'You have had only one lesson? Amazing.'"
"At my first lesson, Kathy corrected key and deep-rooted problems in my swing, presenting the golf swing in a way that made sense and that I could immediately put into practice. She also sends you a video of yourself, with a review of the lesson and instructions for practicing. This improved my game tremendously and made my golf rounds sooo much more fun! I am very glad I ran into her. I have had six other teachers over the years, and none have come close to the teaching expertise of Kathy. She is incredible! A fantastic teacher!"
- Janis Walters, Mesa, AZ