FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former collegiate golfer and teaching professional Layne Savoie has been named the assistant golf coach at the University of Arkansas it was announced by head coach Brad McMakin on Wednesday.
He joins the Razorbacks after five years as the top instructor at the Chuck Cook Golf Academy at the Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.
“I am very excited about joining Coach MaMakin’s staff,” Savoie said. “I feel the potential at the University of Arkansas is as good as anywhere in the country. The support and resources provided by the athletic department are the best I have seen on the collegiate level.”
Savoie has instructed players on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and the Futures Tour. He served as a team instructor for three years for Coach McMakin at Lamar while on staff at the Chuck Cook Golf Academy. Savoie has also instructed the Finnish National team in 2005 and was a camp counselor and instructor at Stanford University in the summer of 2005.
“Layne is one of the best teachers in the country in my opinion,” McMakin said. “He is going to able to develop our young players in a short period of time. He comes highly recommended from the best teachers in the country. We are very, very fortunate to get him to join our staff.”
Savoie has coached multiple winners on the Nationwide and Futures Tour and PGA Tour professionals, including Jason Dufner and Kris Cox.
Savoie’s golf education includes training under some of the top names in the sport like David Leadbetter, Chuck Cook, Mac O’Grady, Ben Doyle, Tom Ness, Bill Moretti and Jackie Burke. Cook and Leadbetter have both been named Top 10 Teachers by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine for the last 15 years.
He played professionally on the Golden Bear and Canadian Tours from 1998-2001 and was a multiple winner of several mini-tour events.
Savoie played his college golf at Auburn where he was a four-time letterman. He graduated from Auburn in May of 1998 with a degree in business management. He is married to the former Amy Wilson, who played volleyball at Auburn.