Angie Ause – One Busy Woman
By Jenifer Stowe, PGA Professional
If you are looking for someone to look up to then this month’s Profile person is definitely worth reading about. Angie Ause has been in the business of golf and mentoring since she was in 7th grade and making a difference everywhere she goes. Let’s start at the beginning where she claimed many high school golf accolades as a student athlete at Red Wing High School. She was awarded All Conference four times, All Region three times and second place honors twice in the State High School tournament. She also earned high school All American honors. The title of PGA Junior golfer of the Year was hers twice. She then went to the University of Minnesota on a golf scholarship and was successful with a tournament win and was one of their premier golfers. After college she tried her hand at professional golf turning pro in 1997 and competed on the Futures Tour, Players West Tour, Ladies Challenge Tour and Canadian Tour. While she was playing she spent her time in California where she would caddy and play. Even if we stop there we should be impressed with what she has accomplished so far, but we need to keep going.
Ause started to volunteer her time back to the U of M coaching and mentoring young golfers much like herself when she was there. She was Head Girls Golf coach for South St. Paul and now she is the assistant golf coach at Macalester College for both the men and women’s programs. She is also a kinesiology golf instructor at the U of M. Coaching seems to be a great and enjoyable way to give back to the experiences she has had in college and high school.
She is a viable member of the LPGA going on her fifth year and working her way to membership with the PGA. As an LPGA member she has been elected to the Midwest Section Board as Secretary. In this role she is getting ready for the associations 50th anniversary in conjunction with the Solhiem Cup coming up this August. As a part of this event she is coordinating events such as workshops, speakers and a formal celebration. One of the workshops will contain National teachers of the year and Hall of Fame teachers giving lessons to a few lucky participants. The festivities will take place in Chicago at Rich Harvest Golf Club. Serving time on the Board is a great way to give back to the association that has opened up so many doors. She is also spending a lot of her time as an advisor to help mentor and answer questions to others looking to join the LPGA. She also helps to run tournaments for the association. She is encompassed with conference calls, board meetings and endless emails in this role and looks after 186 members and helps them out anyway she can.
Along with LPGA responsibilities she has taken on the position Director of Instruction for the First Tee program, which helps get kids exposed to golf that otherwise would not have the opportunity. Ause works with over 1000 kid’s ages four through high school in this role as she makes up a curriculum for teaching them golf and life skills. “Being an excellent role model is important in this position since you teach these kids so much more then just how to swing a golf club”, Ause explains. With any sport comes integrity and teaching kids the rules and to try as hard as they can requires more then just a person who is interested but someone who really wants to make a difference. This commitment takes over 15 hours a week in the summer time for her so anyone keeping score will be wondering how all this is possible.
She is now in her fourth year at Highland National as Head Teaching Professional where she gives private lessons to adults and juniors as well as semi private lessons. She also does a Mental Golf Workshop Profile which helps people identify their strengths and weaknesses in their mental game, which we all know is imperative. In the winter months she gives her lessons at the Goodrich Golf Dome and is a substitute teacher in the St. Paul district for 7-8 graders. She has her own website where you can schedule a lesson with her at www.ausegolf.com. She is constantly looking to help anyone she can and educating herself along the way with teaching and coaching seminars around the country.
Now you can see just how dedicated Ause is in her profession and how important it is for her to give back to the communities that helped her out so much and others like them. If you take a lesson from her you will find more then just a great golf instructor but also someone who will extend a little bit of herself to you.