Jeanne Sutherland, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Southern Methodist University, has been named the 2017 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Founders Award recipient. Sutherland will be recognized on Tues day, December 13, 2016 during the WGCA business meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the WGCA Member Convention that takes place on December 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sutherland has served as both Vice President and Division I Representative of the WGCA during her coaching career. She also mentors young coaches and writes a blog about coaching and playing competitive golf, along with volunteering with Salvation Army, the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas Ronald McDonald House.
Sutherland began her coaching career in 1992 at Texas A&M University. She transformed the program into one of the best in the nation, as the Aggies reached postseason play in 13 of her 15 years as a head coach. Prior to her arrival, A&M had not won a tournament in seven years, but Sutherland went on to lead the Aggies to 13 tournament crowns and three Big 12 Conference titles. Sutherland was named Conference Coach of the Year four times while at A&M (1995, 1997, 2006, 2007), as well as Regional Coach of the Year twice (1997, 2007).
Since arriving at Southern Methodist University in 2011, Sutherland has led the Mustangs to four consecutive postseason berths (2013-16) and two top-three finishes at the American Athletic Conference Championships. She also coached sophomore Jenny Haglund to the to the inaugural AAC individual championship in 2014, giving the program its fourth-ever individual conference champion.
Throughout her career, Sutherland has coached three All-Americans, six conference champions, three conference Players of the Year, three conference Newcomers of the Year, 32 all-conference selections and 25 All-American Scholars.
About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
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