First round action of the Bluegrass Invitational at the University Club in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Jessie Mudd enters his fifth season as the assistant coach of the University of Kentucky men’s golf program. Mudd hails from the University of Florida where he was an All-American and had a successful junior golf career that led to him being ranked No. 1 in the nation.
“Jessie has a terrific background in the game of golf and strong connections in the Kentucky golf community,” UK head coach Brian Craig said. “His experience as an elite junior player, All-Southeastern Conference and All-American college player will be invaluable as he helps coach our team. Jessie has a great personality and will easily connect with our team members and recruits.”
While at Kentucky, Mudd helped lead the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 - an 18th place finish. With Mudd on the staff, UK has garnered 10 top-three tournament finishes including three total victories.
Mudd begins his tenure with strong ties to the Commonwealth as a native of Louisville, Ky., and a graduate of St. Xavier High School. During his high school days, Mudd was named Kentucky Mr. Golf in both his junior and senior seasons while guiding St. Xavier to three state titles during his career.
According to the American Junior Golf Association, Mudd’s 6-under-par 64 at the 2002 Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational is tied for the 16th-lowest 18-hole round in the association’s history. Due to Mudd’s strong play as a junior golfer, he began his senior year of high school as the No. 1 ranked junior golfer in the nation, according to Golfweek Magazine. Mudd was also honored by the AJGA as a two-time Polo All-American.
Mudd spent his collegiate career at the University of Florida, where he was a four-year letterwinner and guided the Gators to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Mudd’s list of accomplishments with the Gators include PING All-America, Co-Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and second-team All-SEC honors.
Mudd’s freshman season was his best with Florida, posting the fourth-best scoring average by a freshman in school history, earning 15 rounds of even par or better and carding three top-10 finishes.
Craig, who was a letterwinner at Florida, played and coached for the Gators under longtime UF head coach Buddy Alexander, who also coached Mudd.
Mudd graduated from Florida in May 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology. After graduation in 2007, Mudd began his professional golf career before joining the UK family in July 2011. Mudd is the son of Eddie and Sharon Mudd. He resides in Lexington.
The Mudd File
Personal Birth Date: June 21, 1985 Hometown: Louisville, Ky. Parents: Eddie and Sharon Mudd Date Hired at UK: July 6, 2011
Education High School: St. Xavier High School College: University of Florida, 2007 - Four-year letterwinner - Full athletic scholarship at Florida - Led Florida to three top-10 finishes at NCAA Championships - Earned the fourth-best scoring average by a freshman in Florida history - PING All-America honorable mention - SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2004 - All-SEC second team in 2004 - SEC All-Academic team in 2004 - Florida team captain - Graduated with a bachelor of arts in anthropology
Collegiate Coaching Career 2011-current: Kentucky assistant coach
Notables - Two-time Polo All-American by the AJGA - Kentucky Mr. Golf in 2002 and 2003 - Owns the 16th-lowest 18-hole round in AJGA history with a 6-under-par 64 in the 2002 Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational - Entered his senior year of high school as the No. 1 ranked junior golfer in the nation, according to Golfweek