Hurst named San Jose State assistant coach

Pat Hurst, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has been named an assistant women’s golf coach at San Jose State, her alma mater, it was announced by head coach Dana Dormann.

Hurst, from San Leandro, was an assistant captain of the United States team that captured the 2015 and 2017 Solheim Cup matches.

“I am so excited to be joining the San Jose State University women’s golf team as the assistant coach,” said Hurst, a member of the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame who was a two-time All-American for the Spartans.

“I look forward to using my knowledge and experiences to help the team and making an impact on their lives.”

Hurst won the 1986 USGA Girls Junior Championship and the 1990 U.S. Women’s Amateur. As a sophomore at San Jose State, she captured the 1989 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at Stanford Golf Course and led the Spartans to the national title.

After turning pro, she was selected LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1995 and claimed her first title on the circuit in the 1997 Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing, Mich. Hurst captured her only major title in the 1998 Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

“I am very pleased Pat Hurst is coming back to San Jose State as the assistant coach to the women’s golf team,” said Dormann, a two-time LPGA winner and another Spartan alum who recently was named head coach. “Her success at every level of competition from junior, to SJSU, and to the LPGA Tour is unmatched in college coaching.

“Her work as the Solheim Cup assistant captain to fellow Spartan alumna Juli Inkster has given Pat knowledge of team building, course strategy and an understanding of the game that will be very valuable to our team. I look forward to working with my fellow Spartan as San Jose State Women’s golf builds our ‘Culture of Champions’ for life.”

Hurst also played in the Solheim Cup four times, posting a 10-7-3 record.


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