Swanson Named the LPGA Midwest Coach of the Year

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis women's golf head coach Mary Swanson was named the 2018 LPGA Midwest Women's Coach of the Year, as announced by the Ladies Professional Golf Association on Monday.

Swanson, took over as the Bears head coach in August and has led WashU to a No. 1 ranking in the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Poll. She is a Class "A" member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP). Prior to joining the Bears, Swanson was the head coach at Bradley University for eight years.

In 2017-18, Bradley finished the year with its highest Golfweek.com ranking since 2010-11, and was the highest ranked Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) team. Swanson helped guide a student-athlete to finish second at the Valley Championship as Bradley boasted three All-MVC honorees for the first time in over a decade (2005-06). 

Currently with the Bears, Swanson has guided WashU to four event victories including a new school record at the Rhodes College Classic. The Red & Green finished the 18-hole round with a 289, three-strokes under par.

The Bears were also victorious in the I-70 Dual with Williams Woods on Sept. 1, the Illinois Wesleyan University Fall Classic on Sept. 16 and in a dual meet with Lindenwood University on Sept. 22.

In five weeks of play this year WashU has secured five University Athletic Association (UAA) Golfer of the Week honors, led by junior Samantha Haubenstock's four honors and freshman Lydia Tsai's award.

Through seven rounds of golf WashU's average 18-hole score is 301.57. The Bears all-time scoring average record was achieved in 2014-15 when the team averaged 312.77.

WashU will compete in their final tournament this fall Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 14-16 at the Golfweek D3 Invite in Sen Destin, Fla. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.