Golden named interim FSU women’s coach
Kate Golden has been named the interim women’s head coach at Florida State. Golden, a 14-year LPGA veteran, will work with FSU head men’s coach Trey Jones and assistant men’s coach Chris Malloy. Jones and Malloy had taken the reins for the Florida State women’s team after head coach Debbie Dillman was let go in early January.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Golden said. “Florida State is a great place to be and it’s a great fit for me. I jumped head first into this opportunity and I’m extremely excited to be at Florida State.”
Golden collected eight top-5 finishes and 14 top-10 finishes during her LPGA career. She won the 2001 State Farm Classic, setting a tournament scoring record of 21 under. She recently had served as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Houston men’s golf team. She graduated from Texas in 1989 after four years of college golf that included three individual titles.
“Kate is a rising star in women’s coaching,” Jones said. “It does not take spending much time with her to realize that she has inherent and learned skills that will be invaluable to our team.”
The Seminoles finished sixth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 9 in their spring-season debut. The team won the Lady Wildcat Invitational in the fall and recorded two other second-place finishes, and currently is ranked No. 30 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Golden will make her coaching debut March 1-2 at The Challenge at Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga.
–Information from Florida State was used in this report.