JEFFERSON CITY — Suzanne Strudwick, a 23-year LPGA Tour professional, was named Carson-Newman's new women's golf coach on Wednesday.
“It was extremely important to me that Suzanne was capable of working with younger players,” C-N athletic director Allen Morgan said in a statement from the university. “But what was most important to me when I talked with Suzanne was her commitment to Christian education and developing players as such as they move through this campus.”
Strudwick was the LPGA’s rookie of the year in 1993 and has 57 career top-10 finishes. She compiled more than $1.5 million in career earnings and took home tournament championships at the French Open and the AGF Paris Open.
“My journey in golf has been fairly long,” Strudwick said. “The journey that the Lord has taken me on I believe has directed me to be here today."
Most recently, Strudwick was an instructor at Fairways and Greens Golf Center in Knoxville. She is a TPI Level 3 certified junior instructor and Level 2 golf coach.
In 2011, Strudwick was named the Tennessee PGA Junior Teacher of the Year and was named to U.S. Kids Top 50 Kid Teachers. She replicated the U.S. Kids honor in 2012 in addition to being named the PGA Knoxville Junior Leader of the Year.
Strudwick took home the PGA’s Richard Eller Growth of the Game award in 2008. That distinction recognizes the golf professional who has excelled in leadership, player development, and promotion of the game of golf to all sectors of players.