OGDEN, Utah – Sacramento State's David Sutherland was named the 2018 Big Sky Jeff Smith Women's Golf Coach of the Year, it was announced today. The award is the second straight coach of the year honor for Sutherland.
The Hornets recorded four team titles during the season and had seven top-three showings in their 10 tournaments. The team set numerous scoring records, including winning the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic with a total of 854 which was nine strokes ahead of the previous record. In all, seven of the top 10 tournament totals came during the year. The team also produced nine of the top 12 single-round scores in school history.
"Jeff Smith was one of my dearest friends in coaching and it is an honor to get the award two years in a row," Sutherland said. "The reason I'm getting this award is because of the great play of the team. They put the work in all season and that led to historic results. I also cannot thank (assistant coach) Cindy Mah-Lyford enough for everything she does for our team."
Sacramento State was the only Big Sky team to have two players named to the all-conference team and led all schools with five honorees. Every Hornet finished in the top 20, including a trio in the top 10, the only league school to do so.
The Hornets, who finished second overall at the Big Sky Championship, had two players named to the Big Sky all-tournament team. The Hornets also had the Big Sky Freshman of the Year on their team in Corinne Viden.
The team used the same five players for each tournament during the season. Astha Madan set the school record with an average of 73.97 as each of the five players ranked among the top six in program history.
The Big Sky Coach of the Year award is named after former Weber State women's golf coach Jeff Smith who passed away in 2016 at the age of 61.