LSU names Winstead new golf coach

Chuck Winstead, a former golfer at LSU and considered one of the nation's top teaching professionals, has been named the head men's golf at LSU, director of athletics Skip Bertman announced.

Winstead, a native of Ruston, La., takes over for Greg Jones, who resigned in May after six years as LSU's head coach.

"We feel that this is a wonderful opportunity for our men's golf program to move forward in the years to come under the direction of a man who is recognized as one of the top golf instructors in the country," Bertman said of the hiring of Winstead. "Chuck is an LSU man and believes strongly in the success of his team as a part of the LSU athletic department.

"(Women's golf coach) Karen Bahnsen and Chuck have already worked together on many projects over the years at the University Club and our golf team and alums such as David Toms are excited we have made this selection."

Winstead is owner and director of instruction of the Chuck Winstead Golf Academy at the University Club in Baton Rouge. Among his many teaching accomplishments include being named by Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher for 2005-06. Golf Magazine's Top 100 includes the likes of Butch Harmon, Peter Kostis, Jim Flick and former LSU standout and recent LSU Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Merrins.

Most recently, Winstead was named Louisiana's Top Teacher in the latest edition of Golf Digest.

"As a former player and a graduate of LSU, this is a dream come true for me," Winstead said of his hiring as men's golf coach at LSU. "This is a tremendous opportunity to have the chance to positively influence student-athletes both on and off the course, while building a nationally competitive program.

"A major goal will be to rally the support of the LSU golf community and the many golf enthusiasts in the area and have them become part of this program."

Winstead's credentials include a five-year stint as part of Jack Nicklaus' Golden Bear International in North Palm Beach, Fla., where he served as Director of Instruction for Golden Bear Golf.

Winstead also served as part of the senior management team responsible for developing, managing and initiating the start-up of Jack Nicklaus Golf Academies throughout the world.

Prior to moving to the University Club in 2000, Winstead served as Director of Instruction at the English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans.

Winstead was a member of the LSU golf team from 1989-91, playing with likes of David Toms and Perry Moss.

"Chuck was a teammate of mine at LSU and is someone I have great respect for," Toms said. "He bleeds purple and gold and that is what I think we need to turn the program around. I have no doubt that Chuck will lead LSU back into the national picture of college golf."

"I'm thrilled to have Chuck join our golf staff at LSU," LSU women's golf coach Karen Bahnsen said. "It will be a pleasure to have a person of his caliber working with our golf program and his knowledge and understanding of the game will be a big plus. The fact that he is a former LSU player is significant because I know how much this program means to him. I feel we will have a great working relationship and I look forward to working with him for the good of both programs."

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