Maria Kostina

Bio

Personal Bio

I have leaned to play this GREAT GAME in Russia, where I was born and raised.

I came to the United States to play collage golf for Washington State University.

After I graduated I was fortunate to play professional golf for three years as a member on the Duramed Futures Tour.

I have always enjoyed teaching and helping people during my playing years.

Gradually I transitioned to teaching the great game of golf full time.

During my playing career I was very lucky to work with and learn from the great teachers like Randy Henry and Chuck Hogan. Now in my teaching career I have carried on the wisdom and an experience from these great teachers.

Randy Henry has been my idol as a person and as a teacher. He has taught me all the way through collage and professional career. Now I am proud to be one of Randy Henry Certified Teachers and work at his golf academy.

HG Experience

I started playing HG clubs when I was an amateur and continued to play with them through collage and the professional career. My first under par round 66 (-6) I shot with my HG clubs in the last round to win The Russian Amateur Championship in 2001. I always loved my HG clubs and believe they are the best clubs in the world. Today, I am helping other people improve their games by teaching them a balanced motion and fitting the equipment to that motion.

Accomplishments in Russia:

  • Member of the Russian National Golf Team 1999-2005
  • Became the youngest Russian Amateur champion in 1997 at the age of 14
  • Russian Amateur champion in 2001. Shot her personal record 66 (-6) June 29th 2001 at the final round of the Russian Amateur and set a course record for women at Moscow Country Club
  • Russian Junior Amateur champion in 1999
  • Recognized as “The Best Russian Golfer” in 1999, 2001

Washington State University Career

  • Member of Washington State University Women’s Golf Team 2002-2005
  • 2002-03 All-Pac-10 Conference Honorable mention
  • Maria was one of the team leaders when in 2003 WSU golf team made it to the NCAA National Championship for the first and the only time in the school history. Maria is the first and only Russian to compete at the NCAA National Championship
  • 2003-04 All-Pac-10 Conference Academic First Team

Professional Career

  • Member of the Russian National Golf Team 1999-2005
  • Became the youngest Russian Amateur Champion in 1997 at the age of 14
  • Russian Amateur Champion in 2001
  • Member of Washington State University Women’s Golf Team 2002-2005
  • 2002-03 All-Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention
  • 2003-04 All-Pac-10 Conference Academic First Team
  • Member on the LPGA Futures Tour 2006 – 2008
  • First Russian (men or women) to qualify for a Major Championship (2007 U.S. Women’s Open Championship)
  • Recognized as “The Best Russian Professional Golfer” in 2007