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Head Women's Coach Courtney Jones
Courtney Jones, the 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year, is in her sixth season at the helm of Cowgirl Golf, and has helped raise the bar for one of the nation’s top programs.
Under Jones’ leadership, the Cowgirls have won 10 tournament titles, including the 2016 Big 12 Championship, two individual Big 12 titles as well as a Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year awards.
OSU returned to the national stage in 2016 with the program’s 21st trip to the NCAA Championships. The Cowgirls led the country with 563 birdies in 2016 and had three players post stroke averages that rank among the top eight in school history.
Kenzie Neisen won her second straight individual conference title as a sophomore in 2016, while Chih-Min Chen was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. Julie Yang earned 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year honors and was joined as an all-conference selection by Jayde Panos. In all, Jones has led 12 Cowgirls to All-Big 12 honors.
No slouch in classroom either, 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 her three seasons.
“In order to reach one’s full potential I believe it is necessary to surround oneself with a great support network and resources. Oklahoma State offers exactly that, a golf program with a rich tradition of excellence, a coaching staff with a passion for developing players, the finest facilities in college golf and a culture that breeds excellence.”
A native of Lake Quivira, Kan., Jones was instrumental in the Cowgirls winning multiple times and producing several individual accolades during her stint as an assistant under current OSU men’s head coach Alan Bratton.
The 2012-13 season witnessed two Cowgirl victories, with OSU claiming titles at The Landfall Tradition and the SMU DAC Invitational. OSU also produced a pair of medalists with Kelsey Vines winning once and Julie Yang earning her first career victory. Both players went on to earn All-America honors with Vines collecting second-team status and Yang being an honorable mention selection. Vines was also named the Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Jones’ first campaign at OSU proved to be a successful one. The Cowgirls produced a pair of victories in their first two starts of the year, winning the Dale McNamara Invitational and the Windy City Collegiate Championship. Additionally, the Cowgirls got a pair of individual victories from Vines, who would go on to earn second-team All-America honors. She was named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year as well.
Jones came to Stillwater in 2011 after working as the senior tournament director for the American Junior Golf Association, a position she held since 2007. While working at the AJGA, she helped plan and run 39 national junior golf championships and served as tournament director for 21 of those events.
She served as Vice Captain to LPGA legend Meg Mallon for Team USA at the 2011 Ping Junior Solheim Cup in Ireland.
Jones also worked as a regional assistant for the AJGA since 2009. In that capacity, she was responsible for marketing and sponsor development in the South Central region, which spans nine states and includes Mexico.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa, Jones spent the 2006 fall season as a graduate assistant at her alma mater.
Jones joined the Golden Hurricane program after a successful junior career that included being named 2000 HP Scholastic All-American, 2000 Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-America, Kansas Golfer of the Year and Midwest Section PGA Girl Junior Golfer of the Year.
In 2001, she was also selected as the AJGA Girl Player representative to serve on the AJGA Board of Directors.
Despite seeing her collegiate career hindered due to a back injury during her junior year, Jones was a three-year letterwinner at TU and registered three career top-20 finishes. She also earned all-WAC Academic honors twice and was named an Academic All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association in 2003 and 2004.
Jones graduated Cum Laude from Tulsa with degrees in international business and Spanish and a minor in economics.