Shining in Golf: Katie Detlefsen '07

Sara Jacobson

Meet Katie Detlefsen ('07). At age three she picked up a golf club. By age six, she was competing in local junior tournaments in Minnesota. 

Today Katie competes on the LPGA tour, and she teaches the finer points of golf as a top-ranked LPGA instructor to her students in Bonita Springs, Florida.

In the summer she spends time in Minnesota teaching young girls how to play the sport, while imparting wisdom she learned in Minnehaha's classrooms while a student.

Shining In Academics and Athletics

At Minnehaha she learned how to compete at a high-level in golf while simultaneously achieving in academics. She attributes her success in the classroom and in golf to the support of her teachers and their interest in helping her achieve her dreams. She wasn't just growing her golf game while at MA, she was also growing in her faith walk. 

"MA gave me tools, especially the classes that were specific to reading the Bible and digging into the Word. It answered some of the really tough questions of life."

Katie remembers Rev. B (Bergstrom) being a significant influence, and Rev. Elliot helping his class to tie threads together between the Old and New Testament, such as Old Testament prophecy that was fulfilled in Christ. She was surrounded by teachers who passionately lived out their faith, no matter what subject they were teaching and that made a deep impact. 

Sharing the Gift of Golf

Katie sees her time in the summer running the girls' golf club as her opportunity to pass on the gift of the game she received as a young child. Life lessons abound in golf, and Katie sees how valuable the game can be. She's passionate about growing the game, getting more people involved, and having fun.

God Using Gifts for Good

Meeting people of all ages around the world, has given her opportunities to share her faith with those who have never heard about Jesus before.

"When I was little, all I wanted to do was be a champion golfer and win all the tournaments. My dad said, 'I think God is going to use your golf to help other people.'  It’s funny how God has directed my path--now I get to use golf to help other people, and to have an impact on young people. I’ve gotten to have some success, but go figure-- using golf to help others has been the best part."

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