Success Stories

Imprinting the word “pivot” in my brain has been very helpful

Tom, thanks again for your helpful lesson ten days ago. I have noticed that imprinting the word “pivot” in my brain has been very helpful in adjusting my swing, and the bunker play has improved also. My only problem is that, when I played with Alan on Sunday, I needed to remind him that I only can have one coach at a time. Many thanks again, —Pug Winokur

Vickers Boys Florida Parent – Child Champs AGAIN !!

Mike VickersVickers Boys Florida Parent – Child Champs AGAIN !!

Tom, you will be glad to know that Gus and I have made it five out of six years winning the FSGA Parent Child. No doubt your instruction has played a big role for us. We were 3 down going into the last day but finished eagle-birdie-par to get in a playoff. The playoff was alternate shot from 30 yards. Thankfully the kids hit the pitch. Gus lipped out and I made the four footer for the victory. We are looking forward to your return to naples so we can work some more. Thank you very much —Mike & Gus Vickers


Just wanted to thank you for your help

Hi Tom,

Greetings from northeast Ohio! Hope your summer is going well. Just wanted to thank you for your help.

Had my first hole-in-one Monday at my home club(Tippecanoe Country Club) at a charity outing! Knocked it in with a 6 iron from 170 and, get this, I won a Chevy Cruize! Not a lease, but the car itself! See you this season at the Quarry.

Respectfully, Mark Billy


Picked stuff up quickly


Picked stuff up quickly. You have some eye. You best teacher in the game

—Jon Doppelt, Former Richardson Memorial Champion


A Proud Grandpa!


I can’t thank you enough for your seeing Dennis yesterday. All he did on the way home was talk about the experience and sense of accomplishment he felt.

Thanks again. —D.

Hard work pays off !

Dear Tom,

During the month of June, the club I belong to, North Fork Country Club, held it’s first President’s Cup Tournament for women. I participated and won my flight. After winning my flight, I played the winner of the A flight for the President’s Cup. My opponent has a 14 handicap and I have a 25 handicap. We had a wonderful match and I was able to win the President’s Cup. I also played the best round I have ever played. I shot a 89 and my opponent shot an 85. It was a very exciting and fulfilling experience. 

Hard work pays off ! —Mary Ann Alexander



Shot 69/73/74

Hi Tom,

Shot 69/73/74 to finish 10th at the Swiss International Amateur. It was supposed to be 2 rounds today but they cancelled one due to heavy rain. Played good the first day, second round I was in the trees like all the time with the Driver and today not really good but even after 17. On 18 I was in the greensidebunker in a downhill lie and the sand was really flat due to the rain. I then accidently touched my ball slightly at address but enough to make it move like half an inch…. Double bogey… Frustrating to end like that. The course was in my eyes really easy and it wouldnt have been hard to shoot 3 times in the sixties, so Im really surprised that I ended up 10th in a decent field. Winner shot only -6…—Philippe


Thanks for today.

Seems simple now but habits can go unrecognized without seasoned, professional eyes. Shot 81 today. Several good darts, including 65yd lob wedge to 18 for a 1 putt par and 2 145yd 8 irons for 1 putt birdies on 2 and 9. —Thanks again, Kurt


Success Story: Val Klosterman

Val Klosterman and Tom Patri at Val’s Club Win

Long time and very dedicated student Val Klosterman won her second Spanish Wells Club Championship this past winter (2013). Val has been a wonderful student whose work ethic has allowed her to take my coaching and climb the mountain of success! She works with me each winter in Naples and during the summer season while I’m in New York we stay connected via my ON LINE V1 VIDEO ACADEMY.

Val is not through winning yet! I believe her best golf is still ahead of her.

Tom Patri’s Junior/Collegiate Years

Tom had a wonderful junior career with 15 junior titles crowned by his 1976 Met (MGA) Junior title. The Met Junior is the oldest junior event in the country. His college record was equally successful with 5 wins, twice named 1st Team All-American while attending Florida Southern College. Tom finished his collegiate campaign with a victory at the 1981 NCAA II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

As a teacher and a coach the awards continued to find Tom. In 1998 Tom was named Met PGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR. In 2000 Tom was added to Golf Magazines Top 100 Teachers in America list. In both 2004 and 2006 his peers recognized him as The Southwest Florida PGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR. Finally, Tom was awarded The South Florida PGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD! Only two teachers have won Teacher of the Year in both The Met and South Florida sections. These two sections are commonly recognized as the two strongest collections of teaching and coaching talents in the country.

Tom likes nothing more than to share his golf knowledge with students who share both his passion and love for this great game regardless of their skill level.