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Name: Maggie Noël Age: 25 Location: Houston, TX Occupation: Owner of Maggie’s School of Golf and Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Services Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 3 Retro, Black Cement Website/Contact: Twitter: @ShePlaysGolf IG: @ShePlaysGolf
As CNKs first featured athlete, Maggie Noël gives us more than enough 'I am woman, hear me roar' material and, at just 25-years old, the LPGA Pro turned instructor is making the most of every bit of her perfect swing. After winning Texas' State Am, Maggie opted to put her clubs to another use by starting her very own Golf School, establishing a pro residency at one of the country's growing golf franchises, building her clientle, and lending her business saavy to a establish a tax services company.
Good golly Ms. Maggie!
In between her daily hustle and bustle, Maggie took some time to chat with Chan-Lo about her golf goals, her handicap, the advantages of dating a golfer (hint: she won't let you win, fellas), and why building a brand is a full-time business.
CL: We know golf is a sport that has gained quite a following due to new influences and an unspeakable amount of progress. As a professional in this industry, what was the trigger that made you so eager to pursue golf as a career?
MN: I pursued playing golf as a career after taking a break from it after college because I wanted to give it another shot. I have been playing since I was 6 years old so I wanted to use my 19 years of expertise and actually try to make a living out of it. What triggered my instructional career was my natural ability to relay the message in way that my clients understood for both juniors and adults. Not to mention, there are not many female instructors and none that identify with a minority the way that I do.
CL: What has been your greatest golf accomplishment? Greatest disappointment?
MN: My greatest accomplishment would be winning the Texas Women’s State Am soon after returning from my year break. That opened up so many doors and opportunities for me on the Professional side. My biggest disappointment would have to be developing the anxiety disorder that made my game tumble during my freshman year in college. However, I feel like it is part of my story and is what directed me towards my ultimate purpose which is instructing.
CL: People might not know that you’re also extremely well versed as a businesswoman. Talk a little bit about what that’s meant for your professional brand.
MN: I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration because my original goal was to play golf on the LPGA Tour however, but have a business degree as a backup. But now, they are both playing a significant role in my life since I teach golf and run my own School of Golf. My school is a business. Not to mention I am also a new Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Service opening up this Tax Season so I am getting my office and team ready for that now.
CL: Before I forget, a few of your fans have been asking for an answer to two questions: first, would you let a guy beat you on a golfing date? And second, what is your handicap?
MN: 1. NO! Fair game. LOL! He better bring it! I’m kidding, I won’t beat him too bad. I’d practice my sportsmanship core value from the first tee. 2. My last recorded handicap was a scratch even.
CL: LOL. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, fill in the blank: I am most comfortable when _______________.
MN: When I have my favorite Pandora station playing (Dwele) and a nice little (BIG) glass of Merlot.
CL: Walk us through a typical day with Maggie.
MN: My day typically starts around 6:30 every morning. I take my dogs out for a little walk, make myself a cup of English Style Tea, check my calendar for the day to see what my lessons look like, make sure all of my emails are replied to and dates for lessons are set, conduct my lessons, then make it back home to my kids. On an easy day, I try to get errands done, do a little shopping, work out, and maybe take my dogs to the dog park.
CL: I love that you’ve made it a point to turn your talent into a legitimate money-maker. Where do you see your work going in the next few years?
MN: I can see myself having my own standing Golf School. TopGolf is and has been a great medium to attract my current and growing clientele and has made me very accessible. One day, I would like to be more exclusive and have my own facility where I have a teaching team that teaches my methods.
CL: Obviously we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?
MN: My favorite would be my Christmas Green Lebrons, my Cool Greys, and my 3’s
CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?
MN: Maggie’s School of Golf is an operating business growing very fast geared and tailored to meet everyone’s level of experience. Hip and effective instruction where you have a great time learning the game of golf. If you are in the Houston area and interested in private lessons, joining my ladies clinic, or corporate group clinics, you can email me at Maggie.Noel@topgolf.com!