Ali has been a PGA professional since 2008. She is very involved in the First Tee of Indiana serving as the Program Director of Northern Indiana. She also teaches classes within the First Tee. Her duties within the First Tee include overseeing programming at about 30 golf courses that conduct First Tee and oversee over 200 elementary schools that teach First Tee in the PE classroom.
Ali is a graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana where her team went to the state finals three of her four years finishing tied for second in her senior year. Her team also was the North Central Conference Champion three of her four years at Jeff. She was named All-State her senior year finishing 8th in the state. Her accolades in high school included a two-time Player of the Year in the Central Indiana Junior Golf Association and the youngest person ever to win the Greater Lafayette Women’s Golf Tournament. She was 16 years old.
She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. She has continued to use her teaching degree in the First Tee and her many lessons. She was named team captain and led the team in scoring during her time at Northern. She was also named the most valuable female athlete at Northern in 2003.
She was an assistant golf professional at Coyote Crossing golf course in West Lafayette Indiana and at Heartland Crossing Golf Links in Camby, Indiana. She later was named the head professional at Heartland Crossing. She has been with the First Tee since 2011. She is also the varsity girl’s golf coach at Bishop Chatard High School and has been there for six years.
She is a major advocate of teaching golf, but not just the game. She believes that golf is not only a physical sport, but a mental one as well. Her teaching philosophy includes a love of the sport that has been very good to her.
Indiana PGA Section Awards: 2016: Indiana PGA Player Development Award Winner 2019: Indiana PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner
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