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Grimes Set to Defend at the Minnesota Women’s State Open on August 7-8

August 5, 2013

Veteran Grimes looks to defend at the Minnesota Women’s State Open

Lisa Grimes Golfer

Courtesy MGA

Life of a teaching professional who also maintains a competitive golf schedule is not easy. One week you’re on the range giving lessons, the next you may be teeing it up with the world’s best, as Grimes did leading up to the 2013 LPGA Championship. Yet, the Director of Instruction at Alexandria Golf Club plans to make time to grind on her short game leading up to the Minnesota Women’s State Open on August 7-8 at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake.

It’s been a busy year for Grimes, a LPGA Teaching Professional, with several LPGA Legends events in which she finished 4th and 12th in Arizona and Florida respectively. She also qualified for the LPGA Championship in Rochester, NY by winning a Regional Teaching and Club Professionals Championship. Though she missed the cut on the world’s biggest stage of women’s golf, Grimes’ game is well-known here in Minnesota and top finishes are expected by those who follow her.

“Wins are tougher to come by as we get older,” said Grimes via e-mail earlier this week. She knows she’ll need to have her game sharp for this week’s Women’s State Open, an event she has won three times and is the defending champion.

Like fellow Minnesotan, Tom Lehman, Grimes grew up playing golf in Alexandria. She won the individual state title as a senior in 1978 and went on to play golf and graduate from Arizona State University. Grimes is also a four-time winner on the FUTURES Tour and her best finish at a major was 12th place in the 1994 U.S. Women’s Open. In the spirit of giving back, she’s also coached the Alexandria Cardinals to two state high school championships. As a player, Grimes credits her father as the most influential person in her golf life.

“My father, Arlo Kluver, was my biggest influence in golf while I was growing up.” Grimes said, “he is a golfer himself, so he knows the ups and downs that come with playing the game. He showed a lot of patience and allowed me to participate in tournaments all over the country.”

Grimes also credits renowned golf instructor, David Leadbetter, as a major influence in helping her with her golf game learning about the causes and effects of the golf swing.

In its relatively short history, the Minnesota Women’s State Open has crowned a champion 12 times. Grimes has earned that title three times – more than any other golfer. Yet, just as she saw in the LPGA Championship, the competition is getting tougher – and younger.

Grimes added, “I would love to have the opportunity to add another Open Trophy to my collection.”

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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