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MGF at Gator Invitational - 36 Holes
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MGF at Gator Invitational - Final RD
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MGF at Bayou City Collegiate Championships - RD 1
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MGF at Bayou City Collegiate Championships - RD 2
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MGF at Bayou City Collegiate Championships - Final RD
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MGF at Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - RD 1
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MGF at Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - RD 2
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MGF at Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - Final RD
Courtesy: Phil Pierce, Athletic Media Relations
Brad McMakin is in his seventh year at the helm of the Arkansas men’s golf program and is the 14th head coach in school history. The McMakin tenure is the second-longest by an Arkansas men’s golf coach and he has signed a long-term contract to remain with the Razorbacks.
A highly successful coach prior to joining the Razorbacks, McMakin turned around the Arkansas program in just two years and took the team to new heights in the spring of 2009 when he led them to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. In his six seasons as the head Razorback, McMakin’s teams have been to five NCAA Regional Championships, two NCAA Championships and placed in the top four of the Southeastern Conference Championships twice. Individually, McMakin was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2009 and was a finalist for the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year award in 2011.
While his teams have shown an ability to rise to the best competition, it is McMakin’s ability to recruit and cultivate top notch talent that makes him successful. Since his arrival, Arkansas has been awarded 13 All-SEC selections and nine All-America honors.
Some of his most recent former standouts include David Lingmerth and Andrew Landry, the tandem that paced Arkansas to the 2009 NCAA runner-up finish. Landry, a three-time All-American, completed his eligibility after the 2009 season, less than a month after that momentous occasion, began his professional career on the Nationwide Tour. Lingmerth earned a second All-America honor in 2010 and became the first Arkansas player to play in the prestigious Palmer Cup that summer going 2-2 in the Ryder-Cup style format.
Arkansas’ 2008-09 season was certainly one for the record books as it shocked some of best programs in the nation on its way to NCAA runner-up honors. Finishing outside the top five in just one of 13 tournaments that season, the Razorbacks put together an impressive spring that included five straight second-place finishes which included the SEC, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championships. The Hogs defeated Washington (3 & 2), and Georgia (3-1-1) in match play at the national championships before eventually falling on the final hole to Texas A&M. Arkansas’ impressive spring earned McMakin SEC Coach of the Year honors making him the first Razorback skipper to take the distinction.
The Razorbacks enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in school history in 2011-12 when McMakin led Arkansas to a school record seven team victories in 10 regular-season tournaments. His squad also posted one of Arkansas’ best team stroke averages and had three players named all-conference, two all-region and nine all-Americans. His seven-win season makes McMakin the second most successful coach in Arkansas history in terms of career victories (16) and he is on pace to shatter the Razorback record held by Bill Woodley who won 24 tournaments over a 14-year career. Overall, McMakin has a winning percentage of .718 (732-283-15).
Before his move to Fayetteville, McMakin was the head coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he spent a decade. In 2006, he led the Cardinals to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and they won an NCAA-best seven tournaments in 13 events in 2006, placing two golfers in the top 10 individual finishers at the NCAA Championships.
After arriving at Lamar, McMakin revitalized the program, returning it to the top of the Southland Conference (SLC) and back onto the national scene. In his 10-year stint, Lamar won five SLC titles, made six-consecutive NCAA Central Regional appearances and earned its first trip to the NCAA Championships (2006) in 20 years (1986). In McMakin’s final six seasons at Lamar, the Cardinals had three players earn All-America honors, three golfers capture SLC individual medalist honors, 21 all-conference performers, a newcomer of the year, three freshmen of the year and the conference’s only four-time player of the year.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, McMakin was named the Eaton/Golf Pride South Central Region Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading his squad to the NCAA Championships and a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Central Regional. The Cardinals captured their 20th Southland Conference championship and placed all five players on the all-conference team. McMakin was tabbed as the SLC Coach of the Year five times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006) in his 10-year run at Lamar.
Prior to accepting the head coaching job at Lamar, McMakin spent four years as a professional golfer, competing on several mini tours as well as playing on the Nike and Hooters Tours.
Originally signing with Lamar out of high school, McMakin transferred to Oklahoma when former LU coach Greg Grost accepted the Oklahoma men’s golf job. It proved to be a wise move for McMakin as he would help the Sooners win a national championship during the 1989 season. McMakin, a co-captain of that squad, served in the same capacity the following year as Oklahoma finished fifth at the national tournament.
McMakin was also a standout golfer on the Kelly High School golf team. He was a regular in the TCIL state tournament and earned medalist honors four times. While at Kelly, McMakin played for former Lamar coach Charles Rodemacher.
The 42-year old McMakin earned a bachelor degree in communications from Oklahoma in 1991. He and his wife, Tonia, have one son - Matthew (8).