Feb. 25, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Kate Golden, a 14-year LPGA Professional who won the 2001 LPGA State Farm Classic, has been named the Interim Women’s Golf Coach at Florida State as announced by FSU Director Athletics Randy Spetman. Golden competed in over 30 LPGA major championships and earned more than $1 million during the 2003 season.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Golden. “Florida State is a great place to be and it’s a great fit for me. I jumped head first into this opportunity and I’m extremely excited to be at Florida State. Everything I have seen and been a part of has been great. Trey Jones and Chris Malloy are going to be great to work with and I am going to learn a lot from them. I’m excited to play this weekend and to help bring some trophies to the golf facility at Florida State.”
Still touring professionally on the LPGA, Golden comes to Florida State from the University of Houston where she was a volunteer assistant coach for the Cougar men’s golf team.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Kate and watch our women’s team continue to develop,” said Jones. “I believe we need talented people to lead our talented golfers and Kate is an excellent fit to lead our program at this time.”
During her LPGA career, Golden has earned eight top five finishes and 14 top 10 finishes. In winning the State Farm Classic in 2001, she established a tournament record with a 21-under par score over the four day event.
“Kate is a rising star in women’s coaching,” said Jones. “It does not take spending much time with her to realize that she has inherent and learned skills that will be invaluable to our team.”
Golden graduated from the University of Texas in 1989 and was a four-year member of the Longhorns’ golf team. She earned All-America second team honors in 1989 and was a three-time All-Southwest Conference First Team selection (1987-89). Golden was named to the Southwest Conference All Decade team for the 1980’s and won three collegiate events during her career.
A former member of the LPGA Board of Directors and the LPGA Player Committee Players’, Golden is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Golfers against Cancer, a charitable organization made up largely of LPGA players.
“Kate is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff at Florida State,” said Jones. “She will be an integral part of our staff and will work closely with me and men’s assistant coach Chris Malloy to form a very knowledgeable staff for our women’s golf team.”
Golden will coach the Seminole women at The Challenge at Kinderlou Forest at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Course in Valdosta, Ga., March 1-2.