|Head Coach Luke Benoit|
|7th Season in 2012-13|
|MIAC Championships: 2011-12, 2012-13|
|NCAA Team Appearences:2011-12, 2012-13|
|Hometown: Faribault, Minn.|
|Alma Mater: Gustavus Adolphus '04|
|Office Phone: 612-275-2321|
|THE BENOIT FILE
2004: Graduated from Gustavus Adolphus.
2004-06: Played on the Dakotas, NGA Hooters and Nationwide Tours.
2006: Named women's golf head coach at St. Olaf.
2009: Graduated from the University of Minnesota with an M.A. in kinesiology.
2010: Coached team to earning their first ever top 20 national ranking in Golfstat polls.
2011: Oles win first MIAC title in school history, setting a school and league record in the event.
2012: Team repeats as MIAC champions... Benoit earns NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second year in a row... Was MIAC Coach of the Year.
Benoit is in his seventh season as the St. Olaf women's golf coach. During his tenure, Benoit's teams have shown
steady improvement, moving from seventh in the conference in 2006, to 1st in 2011-12. In 2012-13, the
Oles repeated as MIAC champions, earning a second NCAA Tournament berth.
In the spring of 2012, the Oles finished tied for ninth at the NCAA Championship in their first appearance. Junior Molly Erickson finished tied for second, just one shot behind the champion. Vanessa Kleckner's was named the championship's Elite 89 Award winner, which goes to the NCAA Championship participant with the highest GPA.
In addition to his work at St. Olaf, Luke works as a Class A Certified PGA teaching professional at the University of Minnestoa – Les Bolstad. During the winter, Luke teaches and designs coaching programs at the Minnesota Golf Academy, a full service indoor facility in Eden Prairie.
In 2012 and 2013 Luke was selected to Golf Digest's prestigious list of Best Young Instructors (Top 40 teachers under age 40). He has also been selected twice by his peers as the NCAA Regional Coach of the Year (2011, 2012) and is also the reigning MIAC Coach of the Year (2012).
Benoit has coached numerous juniors and adults to wins at the high school, collegiate, and national amateur level. He is also a leading contributor on the Minnesota PGA coaching and teaching committee and is the CEO and founder of the Showcase Golf Tour, a tour for elite high school and collegiate players in Minnesota (www.showcasegolftour.com). He was also recently selected by the Golf Channel as an instructor for their
SwingFix online instruction website (www.swingfix.golfchannel.com). This has allowed Benoit to provide
lessons to national and international clients.
His passion for coaching and teaching golf began as a love for playing the game. After a relatively late
start with the game (age 13), Luke went on to play at Gustavus Adolphus College where he was a 3-time
All American and Academic All American. After his career at Gustavus, Luke turned professional, playing
tournaments on the Dakotas, NGA Hooters and Nationwide Tours. During his year and a half on the mini
tours Luke notched several top 10 finishes including a second place finish at the South Dakota Open. In
2005, Luke gave up mini tour life and began working as a PGA teaching professional.
Luke continues playing PGA section tournaments in spite of a busy schedule. Over the past seven years he has
won more than 15 professional tournaments. In 2011, Benoit finished second in the Minnesota PGA
Professionals Championship and was the medalist at the local US Open Qualifier.
Professionally, Luke continues to search for new ways to become a better teacher and coach. He is one of
just a few PGA professional/coaches who have achieved certified instructor status. In 2009, he graduated
from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in Kinesiology, where he studied motor learning and sport
psychology. He is also known as a regional expert in golf fitness, a product of his experience as a certified
TPI fitness professional.
During his spare time, Luke enjoys traveling. He has spent winters in India, Bhutan, Tanzania, the
Dominican Republic, and Indonesia. A highlight of his travels was a 2009 winter in Bhutan, where he
started a youth golf program for the Himalayan Youth Golf Foundation and designed a golf course. While
there, Benoit won the 2009 Bhutan Open, the highest Open Championship in the world.
|The Oles Under Luke Benoit|