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COURTNEY SWAIM TRIMBLE

President/CEO of FORE HIRE

Courtney is a dynamic personality who has collected many top accomplishments during both her playing and post-playing careers. It all started after a standout junior career landed her at Auburn, where she was an All-American, a three-time All-SEC player, played in two U.S. Women’s Opens and was a member of the victorious 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup team. She collected a 3-1 record that magical week at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.

After dabbling in professional golf for a few years Trimble, found her way back to Auburn where she started her college coaching career. After three years, she jumped to UCF for her first head coaching job and then went on to Louisville from 2012-19. At all three places Trimble helped her teams find unprecedented success.

Trimble’s coaching success made her realize how passionate she is about helping players progress through their respective golf careers and life after. That is why Fore Hire was created.

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BACKGROUND

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree (Auburn, ’02)
FAMILY: Husband – Billy; Sons – Owen, Parker

Originally from Georgia but currently resides in the Chicagoland area. Current consultant to Women’s Golf Coaches Association, Director for Women’s Western Golf Association.

ATHLETIC CAREER

  • Four-year letter winner on the women’s golf team at Auburn University

  • First Team All-American honors in 2002

  • Earned ALL-SEC honors in 1999, 2001, and 2002

  • Team at Auburn won 11 tournaments over four-year career; guided the 2001-02 team to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships

  • Played in the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Women’s Open, T-61st

  • Member of the 2002 victorious Curtis Cup team

  • Played on the Futures Tour for more than two years; competed in 37 tournaments and earned four top-five finishes

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LOUISVILLE

  • Steered the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in San Francisco at the NCAA

  • Regional Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship

  • Directed Louisville to six-consecutive NCAA Regional Championships

  • Coached the 2016-17 ACC Freshman of the Year, Lauren Hartlage

  • Named American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 after guiding UofL to the inaugural AAC Championship

  • Led the program to 12 tournament victories, while finishing in the top five on 30 occasions

UCF

  • Led the program to its first NCAA Regional Championship appearance in school history

  • Directed UCF to three tournament victories, team’s first victory since 2002

  • Coached Katie Mitchell, 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year

AUBURN

  • Helped lead the Tigers to the No. 8 national ranking to cap the 2008-09 campaign

  • Assisted Auburn with attaining two SEC Championships (2006, 2009), four NCAA East

  • Regional berths, and three NCAA Championship appearances

  • Mentored several All-Americans during tenure, including three first-team selections

  • Aided with the development of two SEC Freshmen of the Year (2007, 2008), Cydney Clanton and Candace Schepperle, including one who was named the 2008 NGCA National Freshman of the Year

ADDITIONAL

  • Mentorship Program Director, Women’s Golf Coaches Association June 2019- Current

  • Women’s Western Golf Association, Director June 2019-current

  • First Tee of Louisville, Board Member 2016-2018

  • Gwinnett County Hall of Fame Member

COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

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MICHELLE PIYAPATTRA

Director of Business Development

 

Michelle is from Southern CA and started playing golf at the age of 5.  She was recruited to play at Columbia University in New York.  During her four years there, she won 6 individual titles, including the Ivy League Conference tournament, as well as earning First-Team All-Ivy three times and the Ivy League Player of the Year.  She doubled majored in Political Science and Anthropology and during her senior year, won her first professional event on the Canadian Tour as an amateur. The win gave her an exemption into the 2014 CP Canadian Women's Open where she had her pro debut.

In 2015, she made an appearance in Golf.com's "Most Beautiful Women in Golf" edition and in 2016, won the Annika Elite Academy Award and has posted eight top-10 finishes on the Epson Tour with her best finish at T-4 at the Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort in 2019.  She is currently the assistant women’s golf coach at Cal State Fullerton as well as works for FORE Hire, as the business development consultant.

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KATIE (MITCHELL) WOODRUFF

Director of Marketing

 

Katie’s love for college golf runs deeps. After spending five seasons and all her eligibility playing college golf, she vowed to stay as close to it as possible. Once graduating, she decided to pursue coaching instead of entering LPGA qualifying school. She coached at Pepperdine University as the assistant for three seasons and led the Waves to the National Championship twice and a WCC Conference Championship title in 2018.

 

In 2019, she got the call to be the assistant at the University of Southern California. While at USC, the Trojans added wins at the 2021 Pac-12 Conference Championship and 2022 NCAA Regional Championship. She coached Allisen Corpuz, the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open Champion, who rose to the #1 player in college golf in 2021, for three seasons. She has an eye for talent, in all three season at USC their recruiting classes were not ranked outside the top 3. This includes inking the #1 ranked junior in the 2022 class, Amari Avery. During her time as a Trojan, she coached 10 All-Americans and had 10 team victories. She moved to Chattanooga, TN with her husband, Blaine Woodruff, who is the Head Men's Golf Coach at Chattanooga.

Katie played for Courtney at UCF and Louisville and shares the same passion of helping players progress through their golf careers and life after. She works with Back 9 Coaching with close friend Brooke Pancake and serves as the director of marketing with Fore Hire.

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