David Sutherland was named Sacramento State’s Director of Golf prior to the 2007-08 season. In his current capacity, Sutherland oversees both the Hornet men’s and women’s golf teams while also serving as the primary coach for the women.
A veteran PGA Tour player, Sutherland competed in 215 PGA events and 83 Nationwide Tour tournaments during his 17 years on the circuit. A native of Carmichael, Calif., Sutherland recorded eight top 10 and 32 top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour. His best PGA finish came at the 1997 Greater Milwaukee Open where he tied for second. He also recorded a pair of third-place ties, including the 1999 Bell Canadian Open. In addition, Sutherland competed in the British Open and the PGA Tour Championship.
While Sutherland had plenty of success on the tour, it was his two years of injuries that drew him to the coaching ranks.
“Because of my injuries, I had a chance to prepare for life after golf,” he explained. “I knew that I could only continue to play for a few years and then wanted to begin working with young people. When the opportunity came to coach at Sacramento State, I knew it was a great fit.”
While at Sacramento State, Sutherland's teams have rewritten the school record book. The top 13 single-round scores and the 10 of top 11 three-round tournament scores have come under his watch. His teams have routinely been among the best in the Big Sky Conference, winning the leage title in 2007 and adding six second-place finishes.
Individually, the top 10 single-round scoring averages have come under Sutherland's watch. That list includes four golfers from the 2015-16 season which all placed their names among the top nine. The best 17 career scoring averages have also been mentored by Sutherland.
Sutherland also coached the Hornet men's program for several years where he claimed a pair of America Sky Conference championships.
A graduate of Fresno State, Sutherland was a two-time All-American (1987 and 1989). He also succeeded in the classroom where he was an Academic All-American as a senior and was named Fresno State’s Pacific Coast Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Year. He turned professional in 1989 and joined the PGA Tour in 1997.
Sutherland’s brother, Kevin, also starred at Fresno State and is currently a member of the PGA Tour.
David and his wife, Molly, live in Carmichael with their two sons (Matthew and Andrew).