Cowboy Golf Camp
Cowgirl Assistant Coach
Pär Nilsson arrived at Karsten Creek over 15 years ago, and after a successful playing career with Oklahoma State and on tour, he continues to bring his lifelong passion for the game to his role as assistant coach for the Cowgirls.
A two-time All-American for the Cowboy golf team, Nilsson made his return to Stillwater for the 2013-14 campaign and wasted no time in helping the Cowgirls bring home hardware. Since Nilsson and head coach Courtney Jones arrived, the Cowgirls have won 10 events, including the 2016 Big 12 Championship.
During his first season, OSU won its third start, posting a victory at the Schooner Fall Classic. Individually, Julie Yang earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors and was joined as an all-conference selection by Jayde Panos.
The next season, Nilsson also helped Kenzie Neisen capture the Big 12 individual title as a freshman, which made her the 24th individual conference champion in Cowgirl history.
OSU burst onto the national scene in his fourth season, winning the program’s ninth Big 12 title and advancing to the NCAA Championships for the 21st time. Neisen once again won the Big 12 individual championship, and Chih-Min Chen was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.
Linnea Johansson was named a WGCA All-American after posting the second lowest stroke average in school history.
In Nilsson’s three-plus seasons as an assistant coach, OSU has claimed seven team tournament titles, and finished 11th at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Since Nilsson’s arrival, the Cowgirls have produced three NGCA All-Scholars; Yang in 2014 and Linnea Johansson and Chen in 2016. OSU also has nine Academic All-Big 12 selections in his three seasons.
“It’s an honor to be on the coaching staff at Oklahoma State,” Nilsson said. “I was lucky enough to be coached at OSU by both Mike Holder and Mike McGraw, who are some of the best in the business. I really enjoy passing that knowledge on to these players today. Courtney [Jones] and I are truly excited for this season because we know what this team is capable of.”
Nilsson joined the OSU program after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s squad at the University of Denver. During his first season with the program, he helped guide the Pioneers to the Sun Belt Conference title.
A native of Ljungsbro, Sweden, Nilsson competed for the Cowboys from 2000-04, earning honorable mention All-America status in 2001 and 2002. A three-time All-Big 12 pick, he was also named an academic all-league selection on two occasions. In 2003, Nilsson and his Cowboy teammates finished second at the NCAA National Championships.
As a freshman, Nilsson posted a runner-up finish at the 2001 Big 12 Championship, which was one of three top 10s during his first season. Nilsson’s sophomore campaign resulted in three more top 10s, including a tie for eighth place at the 2002 NCAA Championship.
On the amateur circuit, Nilsson twice represented Sweden at the World Amateur Team Championship, competing in 2000 and 2002. He was also a member of the victorious European squad at the 2003 Palmer Cup. Nilsson made four starts as an amateur on the European Tour as well.
Nilsson competed professionally across the globe from 2005-09 before beginning his coaching career with the Pioneers in 2010.
Nilsson recently completed his TPI Certification, which is a program designed to help golf professionals increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing.
Nilsson received a degree in marketing from OSU in 2004. He and his wife, Erica, have one son, Axel.