Posted: Jun 07, 2016
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College Director of Athletics Don Faulstick has announced the hiring of Elizabeth Davis to be the next head coach of the women's golf team.
"We are very excited to welcome Elizabeth as the next head women's golf coach at Amherst College," Faulstick stated. "The search committee was very impressed by Elizabeth's championship golf background and overall accomplishments as a standout Division III student-athlete. We look forward to adding her talents to our athletics department and women's golf program."
A 2015 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) with a Master's in Sports Administration, Davis brings a wealth of enthusiasm and playing experience to the Pioneer Valley.
"I want to thank the search committee and the rest of the Amherst community for selecting me for this outstanding opportunity," Davis said. "I look forward to continuing and growing the tradition of success within the women's golf program at Amherst College both on the golf course and in the classroom."
A native of Houston, Texas, Davis was a standout on the UMHB women's golf team since the 2012-13 season, and was a member of the 2013 NCAA Division III national team champion squad. In 2014, the Crusaders finished as the national team runners-up.
Davis, who helped drive UMHB to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) championship in 2013, earned First Team All-ASC honors in 2014 and 2015, and was a Second Team All-ASC selection in 2013. Named the team's most valuable player in 2014, Davis was also awarded ASC All-Academic in 2014, 2015 and 2016, in addition to achieving ASC Distinguished Scholar award in 2015.
Most recently, Davis finished in a four-way tie for 35th place in the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship after carding a three-round total of 237 (78-80-79) in the rain-shortened four-day event. Davis finished her career as a two-time all-region honoree, and recorded five rounds of par-or-better – highlighted by a low-round of 71 twice during her senior campaign.
During the 2013-14 year, Davis was a junior clinic instructor at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, and directed the summer tournament ladder program and all junior golf tournaments. She facilitated weekly junior golf clinic workshops emphasizing safety, etiquette and country club rules. She also played a key role in pro shop operations and instructed junior golfers on proper swing mechanics – ensuring the general safety of all junior golfers during training.
In 2015, she served as the tournament coordinator and rules official for the Texas Junior Golf Tour, monitoring pace of play and handling all aspects of the tournament venues. While at UMHB, she held an internship in the Crusaders' athletics department during her senior year, helping to successfully market the various athletics programs. She also held vital roles in game day operations for the department, as well as varying game management responsibilities.