SMU Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center

SMU Golf

Payne StewartConsistently ranked among the top 25 collegiate golf programs in the United States for both men and women, SMU golf has enjoyed a strong history of success. Thanks to a combination of award-winning coaching and elite players, SMU golf teams have maintained a tradition of championship level play over many years. Among its many accomplishments, SMU has won national championships in both men's and women's golf and is one of a small number of schools to have produced five USGA champions. College Golf Guide ranks the SMU women's golf program as number 16 in the U.S. and the men's program as number 20.

SMU Golf Highlights


  • 1954 NCAA Champions
  • 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1988 SWC Champions
  • 11 straight years of advancement to regional play under the tenure of Coach Jay Loar
  • 20 team titles with Coach Loar’s leadership
  • Two-time U.S. Open Champion Payne Stewart
  • 3 consecutive conference titles (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • 2004 and 2005 WAC Champions, 2006 C-USA Champions
  • Advancement to NCAA championships in five of the last seven years
  • 9 NCAA All-Americans
  • 1999 U.S. Amateur Champion Hank Kuehne
  • 1999 semi-finalist in the USGA Pub-Links Nicholas Loar
  • 6 NCAA Scholastic All-Americans
  • 2007 USGA Pub-Links Champion Colt Knost
  • 2007 USGA Amateur Champion Colt Knost
  • Ranked overall 16th best program out of 500 programs in the country by College Golf Guide


  • 1979 NCAA Champions
  • 2 conference championship titles
  • Top-25 finish 12 times in last 32 seasons
  • 2004 WAC Coach of the Year Todd Selders
  • 2006 C-USA Coach of the Year Todd Selders
  • 2 first-team 2005 All-Conference selections
  • Competed in NCAA Regionals 2004-2007
  • 2004 WAC Freshman of the Year Laura Cross
  • 2004 NCAA Individual Participant Laura Cross
  • 10 different U.S. Amateur qualifiers since 2003
  • 6 U.S. Pub-Links qualifiers
  • 5 SMU players on the C-USA All-Conference team in 2006
  • Select players represented on the 2008 Academic All-American team
  • 2006-09 NCAA Academic Team Achievement Award
  • 2 C-USA commissioner’s medals
  • Ranked overall 20th best program out of 500 programs in the country by College Golf Guide

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