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Jeanne Sutherland, SMU Head Coach, Breaking 100 leader

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Jeanne Sutherland, SMU Head Coach, Breaking 100 leader

Jeanne Sutherland grew up in Iowa and was encouraged to get involved in golf by a high school math teacher after she declined his invitation to run track.  She shot something around 65 on nine holes in her first tournament, but improved quickly and won her high school conference tournament only a few years later.  After high school, she played and earned All-American honors at the University of Northern Iowa and was later inducted into the UNI Athletic Hall of Fame.
Sutherland developed her teaching skills in positions with the John Jacobs Golf Schools and at Vail Golf Club where she also worked as the Foreman of Skier Services.  “I was never meant to be indoors”, she reports.  She finally made it to Texas in 1992 when she became the Golf Coach at Texas A&M University (whoop!).  She coached the Aggies for 15 years before returning to Vail Golf Club to serve as the Head Golf Professional.  She made it back to Texas in 2011 and currently serves as the Golf Coach at SMU University in Dallas where she has presided over a ranking improvement of over 70 positions in her first five years.
 
Although never a participant herself, Sutherland has had a significant impact on the WTGA State Amateur Championship.  Collegiate players are well represented in the field and Aggies and Mustangs are always in contention.  She reports that, “Over the years, I've watched so many recruits or my players play in WTGA and USGA events. These organizations always provide great tests and good competition.”
 
Her coaching bona fides include more than 20 tournament victories, three conference championships multiple Coach of the Year awards, All-Americans and LPGA players.  Her most lasting impact, however, may be as a role model and mentor for countless golfers of less distinction with whom she has shared her love of the game and passion for lifelong learning.  “My greatest accomplishment in golf is helping players reach their goals and enjoy the game while playing it”.
 
Sutherland will say that the defining characteristic of her teaching and coaching is that she loves to teach and coach.  Her involvement in the Breaking 100 campaign is demonstration of this fact.  She is one of 11 teaching pros who have pledged to give 100 Lessons to Women and Girls to raise funds and awareness for Women’s Initiatives to grow the game.  To find out more about Jeanne and to support her in her effort to grow the game, click here for more information.
   
100 Texas Women is a blog with each post featuring a different notable woman from the history of Texas golf.  You can honor these women and invest in the next 100 years of women's golf by contributing to the Breaking 100 campaign.  All proceeds benefit the TGA Foundations' Women's Initiatives.  Learn more and support the campaign here.
 
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