Luke Benoit is a PGA golf coach with a diverse background of experience and skills. He has worked as a college coach, university professor and researcher, professional golfer, and Director of Instruction. In 2015, Luke began work as the Director of Instruction at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, MN (one of the top ranked courses in Minnesota). In his position, Luke oversees instructional programs and teaches members. Luke boasts and impressive clientele of beginner, novice, and expert golfers. Through the success of Luke's players, Luke has been recognized as one the region's top golf coaches and instructors.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Luke grew up in Faribault, Minnesota. Luke's Grandpa Ray introduced Luke to golf at age 13. During that first summer of golf, Luke how to hit a hook and a slice from his Grandpa. Driven to master his swing and control the golf ball, Luke played more than 600 rounds of golf over the next three years. By age 16, Luke was a scratch golfer.
Luke played college golf at Gustavus Adolphus College where he was a 3-time All-American. He graduated with honors in economics in 2004. The highlight of Luke's amateur career was the 2004 DIII National Championship, Luke's last round as an amateur. During the round, Luke made a double eagle and shot -7 (65). It led to a 2nd place individual finish and Gustavus Adolphus College's first National Championship in golf.
Following his amateur career, Luke played on the mini tours for a year and a half (events on Dakotas, Hooters, and Nationwide). During that time, Luke had several top 10 finishes, including a 2nd place finish at the South Dakota Open.
As a professional, Luke boasts an impressive record of more than 18 professional wins on various mini tours and in Minnesota section events. He was one of eight Minnesota Pro's to qualify for the PGA National Championship in 2014 (his second trip to the National Championship).
In 2005, Luke walked away from mini tour life and began focusing 100% on coaching, teaching, and learning golf. From 2006-2013, Luke coached the St. Olaf women's golf team. During his tenure, the Ole's improved from total obscurity (averaging team scores of 360), to national contenders (averaging team scores of 320). Since retiring from collegiate coaching Luke has focused on growing his business as a golf instructor and director of instruction. His primary career goal is to be a teacher and an educator, inspiring others through the game that has given him so much.
Luke is currently pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota where he focuses his studies on motor learning and bio-mechanics as they apply to golf. Luke is known for his broad base of knowledge and developmental approach to teaching juniors and adults. He utilizes his background in motor learning, sport psychology, and bio-mechanics to build programs for clients that yield long term results. He strongly believes in catering the instruction to each student. Every instruction program he designs is based on an individual student's particular goals, strengths, and limitations.
In his free time, Luke takes time to travel. He spent the winter of 2009/2010 teaching golf in Bhutan where he started a youth golf program, coached the Bhutan national Team, and won the 2009 Bhutan Open, the highest Open championship in the world! In December of 2014, Luke married Dr. Courtney LeClair during a destination wedding in Jamaica. They currently reside in South Minneapolis. Courtney and Luke have a son named Leo.