A longtime member of the PGA TOUR, Scott Gump joins the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's golf team as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.
Gump most recently served as a coach and instructor at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy from 2009 until June of this year in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. He was responsible for instructing student-athletes in the fundamentals of the game of golf, management of emotions and goal setting, strategic on-course planning, fitness programs and balancing life responsibilities with golf activities.
"He's someone who stood out from the very beginning of the hiring process," Irish head coach Jim Kubinski says. "In having longtime assistant Steve Colnitis, someone who meant so much to our players over the years, move on to the business world, we needed to find the right fit in the search for a successor. We're fortunate to have Scott join our ND golf family and are looking forward to many successful seasons ahead."
A professional golfer for over 24 years, Gump earned his PGA TOUR card during the 1991 season after finishing third at the TOUR's Q School tournament. Following an 18-year stint on both the PGA and Nationwide Tours, with more than $2.7 million in career earnings, Gump holds lifetime membership status for making more than 150 cuts in 329 career PGA TOUR starts.
Gump played in 10 career major championships, including the prestigious Masters Tournament two times. He first competed at the Augusta National Golf Club as an amateur in 1988.
Along with 50 career top-25 finishes, Gump was a runner-up three times on the PGA TOUR, placing second at The International in 1991, the Quad City Classic in 1998 and the PLAYERS Championship in 1999. His most successful season on the PGA TOUR was in 1999, when he earned $954,732 and finished in the top-10 four times. He also ranked fifth in driving accuracy (78.80%) and 15th in greens in regulation (69.35%).
Gump was a three-time champion on the Nationwide Tour, winning his first two career tournaments in 1994. He fired a 19-under par, 269 (67-67-68-67) to win the NIKE Monterrey Open, and followed with a victory later that season at the NIKE Greater Greensville Classic. Gump's $161,035 earned ranked second on the 1994 Nationwide Tour Money List.
More than 10 years after his last victory at the Greater Greensville Classic, Gump broke through once more on the Nationwide Tour by claiming the Albertsons Boise Open in September of 2004.
An All-American at Brevard Community College in 1984-85, Gump was a member of the 1985 NJCAA National Championship team under Hall of Fame coach Floyd Horgen. He then transferred to the University of Miami, where he earned honorable mention All-America honors.
At one time, Gump was the number six-ranked amateur in the United States. He reached the semifinals of the 1987 U.S. Amateur, earning medalist honors and an invitation to the 1988 Masters Tournament
Gump graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's Degree in business administration in 1987.