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Andy Walker

Head Men's Golf Coach



Bio

In 2014-15, Andy Walker began his second year at the helm of the Golf programs at South Mountain Community College. Coach Walker was hired as the Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach in August 2013, following the departure of Jake Harrington to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. In his first season as the Head Men’s Golf Coach, Coach Walker was named the ACCAC Coach of the Year and won the ACCAC regular season championship. The Men’s Golf team was ranked #1 in the country by Golfstat for the majority of the year, while compiling four collegiate tournament victories, and garnered the #1 seed in the Region I Championship.  The 2014 team featured three Ping GCAA All-Americans and a Phil Mickelson Award Winner (Vinnie Murphy), awarded to the top NJCAA freshman in the country. In his first year as the leader of the Women’s Golf program, Coach Walker led two athletes to qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament. Two of the Women’s Golf team members were named to the All-Region team. Coach Walker spent the previous three years as an assistant coach in the Men’s Golf program. He helped lead the team to two NJCAA National Championships (2012 and 2013) and one runner-up finish (2011). During his seasons as an Assistant Coach, the Men’s Golf program won three consecutive GCAA Academic National Championships. The South Mountain CC Men’s Golf Team has consistently received a #1 NJCAA National ranking the past seven years.  With four NJCAA National Championships, three NJCAA National runner-up finishes, and five more Top 10 NJCAA National Finishes to go along with four GCAA National Academic Championships, it’s fair to say that Cougar Golf is at the forefront of community college golf.  The Cougar Golf program has produced 30 All-Americans, a pair of Jack Nicklaus Award Winners for the NJCAA Top Collegiate Golfer (Jimmy Kozikowski and Jake Argento), and four Phil Mickelson Award Winners for the NJCAA Top Collegiate Freshman (Jimmy Kozikowski, Jake Argento, Will Twitty and Vinnie Murphy). The home course for the SMCC Golf Program is the Legacy Golf Resort and The Legacy Golf Performance Center.  The Legacy Golf Resort is one of the most finely conditioned courses in Phoenix and has played host to the LPGA Standard Register Open.  The Legacy Golf Performance Center is 8,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art golf training facility in the country.  With access to training and practice facilities of such high quality, SMCC Golf remains at the forefront of community college Golf, and turning out NCAA Division I players and professionals. SMCC Golf has transferred 49 student-athletes to 4-year universities (31 to NCAA Div. I, 9 to NCAA Div. II and 9 to the NAIA level).  These universities and colleges include Coastal Carolina University, University of San Diego, San Jose State University, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Nebraska, University of Texas-Arlington, and the University of Texas-El Paso, to name a few. The SMCC Women’s Golf program has sent student-athletes to the NJCAA National Tournament in each of the past five seasons. The Women’s program has received All Academic honors in each of the past five seasons as well. Beginning in 2013-14, the Women’s Golf program began use of the Legacy Golf facility, directly across 24th Street from the SMCC campus. Andy Walker played his collegiate golf at Scottsdale Community College and Pepperdine University. While at Scottsdale, Walker was named Second Team NJCAA All-American. In 1997, Walker was a member of the 1997 NCAA National Championship team at Pepperdine University. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1998 and was elected to the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame. Walker won 40 National and State Junior tournaments as an amateur player. As a professional, Coach Walker played 12 years on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Canada, Gateway Tour, and NGA Hooters Tour. He has recorded 28 victories at the professional level.


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