UT Austin Golf Program: What Starts Here Changes the World

Texas is impressive. The University of Texas is impressive. The University of Texas Golf Program is impressive. With the men’s and women’s teams gearing up for the NCAA championship, here’s a look into what one of the best golf programs in the country has to offer:


The University

The University of Texas at Austin is located in heart of the Capitol City, and is home to over 51,000 students from all 50 states and 126 countries across the world. The beautiful campus, aka The Forty Acres, actually encompasses 431 acres, has 17 libraries, and there is also a Chick-Fil-A centrally located in the student activity center. That’s quite the game changer if you ask me. Also, the “Tower” is pretty  neat. So is the turtle pond.

University of Texas Austin campus at sunset-dusk - aerial view
The University of Texas Austin- Main Campus


The Facilities

Um, have you ever seen the University of Texas Golf Team’s course? The course is a 71-par, 7, 412 yard masterpiece created by the design geniuses of Bechtol Russell Golf Design. It’s a private course, located about 15 miles from the UT Austin main campus in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. The course boasts one-of-a-kind views that cannot be duplicated of Lake Austin, and the neighboring Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve.

The University of Texas Golf Club


The Coaching Staff

The achievements of the distinguished coaching staff include: holding personal PGA tour cards, coach of the year awards, Big 12 Championships, NCAA Championships, and aided in the development of an incredible amount of All-Americans.

  • Women’s Golf: Ryan Murphy (Head Coach) and Kate Golden (Assistant Coach)
  • Men’s Golf: John Fields (Head Coach) and Jean-Paul Hebert (Assistant Coach)
Ryan Murphy: Women’s Golf
Kate Golden: Women’s Golf









John Fields: Men’s Golf
Jean-Paul Hebert: Men’s Golf









The Current Players

The achievements of the current players rival that of their prestigious coaching staff as the achievements of University of Texas men’s and women’s programs include: All-Americans, Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Role recipients, Big 12 Newcomers of the Year, Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year winners, U.S. Open qualifiers, and the list truly goes on and on.

  • Women’s Golf: http://www.texassports.com/roster.aspx?path=wgolf
  • Men’s Golf: http://www.texassports.com/roster.aspx?path=mgolf


The University of Texas Women’s Golf Team in Hawaii for the Texas-Hawaii Classic in Oahu!
The University of Texas Men’s Golf Team after placing first at The Maxwell Tournament in Ardmore, Oklahoma


The Alumna

Some pretty great athletes have graced the Forty Acres throughout the years, and the Golf Program has had their fair share of notable alumni. Harvey Penick, Ben Crenshaw, Sherri Steinhauer, and Jordan Spieth. Yes, Jordan Spieth. The same Jordan Spieth who won the Master’s Tournament in 2015 and should’ve won in 2016, (ugh that quadruple bogey on the 12th hole was tragic) once graced the UT campus with his presence and helped the men’s golf team claim the NCAA Championship in 2012.

Jordan Spieth at the Master’s Green Jacket Ceremony in 2015


By: Presley Hoffman (Team 15)

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Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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