• Five NCAA Championships appearances at Arkansas, highlighted by three in the last five years
• 2009 NCAA runner-up
• 2009 SEC Coach of the Year
• Advanced to 10 consecutive NCAA Regionals
• Owns a career record of 1,173-546-29 (.690) in 11 years at Arkansas
• Has led the Razorbacks to 24 tournament title wins, including 19 during the last seven years
• Arkansas has at least one tournament win in each of his 11 years
• 13 All-SEC selections and seven SEC All-Freshmen team honorees
• 60 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees and 21 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll winners
In his 12th year at the helm of the Arkansas men’s golf program in 2017-18, head coach Brad McMakin has transformed the Razorbacks into a national contender year-in and year-out by cultivating a team culture that has resulted in record-breaking performances on the course and in the classroom.
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 11 seasons as the head coach, McMakin’s teams have been to 10 NCAA Regionals and five NCAA Championships, while winning 24 regular season team titles along the way.
While his teams have shown an ability to rise to the best competition, it is McMakin’s ability to recruit and develop top notch talent that makes him successful. Since his arrival, Arkansas has had 19 All-SEC selections, 16 All-Americans and two players on the All-Region team in nine of the last 10 years. McMakin has developed at least one All-American every year since he arrived in Fayetteville.
Arkansas’ success on the course is boosted by a foundation of success in the classroom. McMakin’s 11 teams have combined to land 60 student-athletes on the Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll (3.0+ GPA) and 21 on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
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. During his 11 years at Arkansas, he has compiled an impressive record of 1,173-546-29.
McMakin went the rookie route in 2016-17, bringing in the No. 1 freshman class in the country and quickly seeing the dividends on the course. His young squad captured two individual tournament titles and freshman Mason Overstreet went on a run for the ages during postseason play.
Overstreet became the first rookie in Razorback history to finish even par at the SEC Championship and he followed that up with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to qualify as an individual for the National Championship.
Under the direction of McMakin, the Kingfisher, Oklahoma, native never backed down on the national stage, posting rounds of 70-68-72-71 – 281 (-7) to finish as national runner-up and record the best Razorback finish in 54 years. He became the second player in school history to finish inside the top five at the National Championship, joining R.H. Sikes who won the program’s only National Title in 1963.
Two of the most recent standouts at Arkansas were Sebastian Cappelen and Taylor Moore. Both players earned multiple All-American honors and started their pro careers just weeks after competing in the NCAA Championship. Cappelen won his first professional event at the 2014 Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour, while Moore won his fifth start on PGA Tour Canada at the 2016 Staal Foundation Open and earned exemption to make his debut on the PGA Tour the following week at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open.
Other former standouts include David Lingmerth and Andrew Landry, the tandem that paced Arkansas to the 2009 NCAA runner-up finish. Lingmerth earned a second All-American honor in 2010 and became the first Arkansas player to play in the prestigious Palmer Cup before earning his way on to the PGA Tour. He captured a win at the 2015 Memorial Tournament and played in the 2016 Masters. Landry, a three-time All-American, completed his eligibility after the 2009 season and has spent time on the Web.com Tour and the PGA Tour.
The duo were front and center at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, as Landry raced out to a first-round lead and posted the lowest opening round score in a U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club with a 4-under 66. Landry would eventually play his way into the final pairing Sunday afternoon and finish T-15th overall, while Lingmerth made a Sunday push and signed a final-round 3-under 67 to finish alone in 12th place.
Ranked 51st in the official World Golf Rankings, Lingmerth earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics to represent Sweden in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He joined golf’s historic return to the Olympics as the sport was reinstated to the games for the first time since 1904.
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 featured 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, before eventually falling on the final hole of the championship match to Texas A&M to finish runner-up. Arkansas’ impressive spring earned McMakin SEC Coach of the Year honors, making him the first Razorback 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-SEC, two All-Region and a pair of All-Americans. His seven-win season made McMakin the second most successful coach in Arkansas history in terms of career victories.
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 won an NCAA-best seven tournaments in 13 events in 2006, placing two golfers among 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 at Lamar, McMakin won five SLC titles, made six consecutive NCAA Central Regional appearances and earned Lamar 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, an SLC Newcomer of the Year, three SLC Freshman of the Year winners 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 NCAA Championships.
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.
McMakin earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oklahoma in 1991. He and his wife, Tonia, have one son, Matthew (13).
Brad McMakin Year-by-Year Results
|Year||Victories||SEC Finish||Season Finish|
|2007-08||1||12th||NCAA Regional (T-19th)|
|2008-09||2||2nd||NCAA Championship (2nd)|
|2009-10||1||4th||NCAA Regional (8th)|
|2010-11||4||6th||NCAA Championship (15th)|
|2011-12||7||5th||NCAA Regional (6th)|
|2012-13||2||6th||NCAA Championship (10th)|
|2013-14||2||T-6th||NCAA Championship (T-18th)|
|2014-15||1||6th||NCAA Regional (11th)|
|2015-16||1||T-3rd||NCAA Championship (12th)|
|2016-17||2||12th||NCAA Regional (8th)|