Former PGA Tour player Pat Bates has been hired as head coach at Central Oklahoma. Bates will begin coaching duties immediately as the Bronchos begin their season Sept. 12-13 at the Charles Coody Invitational in Abilene, Texas.
Bates played on the European, Canadian and South African tours from 1992-94, followed by a stint on the Nationwide Tour where he won five times in 206 starts. He played played four years on the PGA Tour (1995, 2002-04).
Bates played his collegiate golf at the University of Florida, where he earned All-America honors in 1989, ’90 and ’91.
“I’m thrilled to be the new men’s head golf coach at UCO,” Bates said. “I look forward to using my past experiences as a player and teacher to help our student-athletes succeed, both on and off the golf course. We want to continue the winning tradition and bring home a national championship to Edmond.”
Central Oklahoma will return four starters from last year’s team, which finished third in stroke play at the NCAA Division II National Championship before falling in the first round of match play.
–Information from Central Oklahoma Athletics used in this report.