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About us

Dr. Luke Benoit, Ph.D., PGA

Founder, President

luke@rypgolf.com

Playing accompishments

Luke is the Director of Instruction at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, MN and the Founder of RypGolf. He has been a Golf Digest "Best Young Teacher" for more than a decade and is known for his creative and personable approach to coaching golf. His academic research at the University of Minnesota includes a PhD in motor control and learning. Luke coaches State Champions, professionals, college players, total beginners, and everyone in between.

Luke lives with his wife and two boys in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

  • 2012, 2014, 2021 PGA National Championship Qualifier
  • Winner of 19+ professional tournaments, including 2009 Bhutan Open 
  • DIII National Runner Up (2004)
  • Three time All-American
  • Academic All-American
  • Career low 60

Recognition as a Coach

  • Golf Digest "Best Young Teacher" (10 times)
  • Golf Digest "Best in State" (#2)
  • 3x NCAA Regional Coach of the year
  • 2017 Minnesota PGA "Teacher of the Year"
  • 3x MIAC "Coach of the Year

Scott McDonald, PGA

Vice President
Director of Speed

scott@rypgolf.com

Scott has been a Head Professional for the past nine years, including eight seasons at Minnewaska Golf Club in Glenwood, Minnesota, followed by one season at Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minnesota. Scott’s passion to grow the game is unwavering. He has served on the Minnesota PGA Board of Directors for the last five years and is currently serving as Secretary. In 2018, Scott founded the Minnewaska Fairways Fore All, a non-profit foundation.

 Scott graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he met his wife Julie and together, they have four children.

Playing accompishments

  • 2011, 2019, 2020 PGA National Championship Qualifier
  • 2011 PGA Assistants National Championship Qualifier
  • Top 10 Player of the Year Minnesota PGA (2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2011, 2010)
  • 10 Career Wins - 3 Hole In Ones
  • Career Low 64

Sarah Iverson, MA, TPI

Vice President
Director of Fitness & Marketing

sarah@rypgolf.com

Sarah joins Ryp Golf with experience in both playing and coaching competitive golf, as well as an extensive fitness background. Among other certifications, Sarah is a certified TPI Golf Fitness Professional, providing fitness specific expertise to golfers of all abilities. It has come full circle for Sarah, as she now coaches the girls golf team at Minnewaska H.S., where her success started. Sarah and her husband Colton have lived in seven different countries over the last nine years following Colton's professional basketball career. Now residing on Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood, they enjoy couples golf league, water sports, and chasing their 1 year old son, Maverick, around! 

  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences – Colorado State University
  • NCAA Division I Collegiate Golfer - Colorado State University
  • Master of Art in Kinesiology and Sport Management – University of South Dakota
  • TPI Golf Fitness 2 Professional
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 

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