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Upstart Wins First Tournament
May 17, 2011
Pebble Beach, CA – Mini Driver, a previously unheralded golfer based out of Massachusetts, stunned the women’s field yesterday to seize her first-ever LPGA major.
Driver has recently been training at the Rick Smith Golf Academy in Bolton, which opened this month.
“I am fortunate to have access to the finest personalized coaching in the state,” said Driver, adding that only two other such academies exist in the country.
Her grueling regimen includes small-group workshops, women-only clinics, individual lessons (some with legendary instructor Smith), video swing analysis, and real-time play on two championship courses.
Before entering her next tournament, Driver will return to perfect her game with the TrackMan ball monitor, which uses Doppler radar technology to critique a player’s form.
“I’m so glad my home state’s golf scene is finally on the upswing!” she exclaimed.
Rick Smith Golf Academy at The International Golf Club & Resort, 159 Ballville Road, Bolton (978-779-6911 or theinternational.com). Grand opening party, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To R.S.V.P. and reserve a free-clinic space, call 978-779-1333.
Photo: Courtesy of The International