Golf Digest labeled Maria as a Top 5 Teacher in Missouri and a Top 10 Teacher in the state of Illinois (2007-2008), as voted by her peers. In addition, her peers voted Maria as the Top Teacher in the Midwest (2008 & 2011 & 2013). Golf Magazine listed her as a Top Teacher in the Midwest (2005-2008).
With over 20 years teaching experience, Maria brings a rare combination of teaching and playing expertise.
She holds three state titles in Missouri. She was the Missouri State Amateur Champion in 1993, the 1992 and 1993 St. Louis District Champion and the 1987 State High School Champion making her the 1993 St. Louis Post Dispatch Amateur of the year. She is also a former Illinois Open Champion and has even competed in LPGA Tour events including a major!