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Del Mar woman's career 180 allowed her to follow her dream

By Marlena Chavira-Medford

Staff Writer

Three years ago, Patty Atkins' career was in full swing. After working for more than a decade as a critical care nurse, this mother of two was at the top of her game as a director for Sharp Health Care and her team had just earned the highly prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, which was given by President George W. Bush. But it was at this professional pinnacle that she did something out of the ordinary. She walked away from it all so she pursue her dream of becoming a golf coach.

"I kept feeling this pull," Atkins said of the constant tugging at the heart toward golf, a...