July 7, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former PING All-American and former No. 1 ranked junior player in the nation Jessie Mudd has been named assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Kentucky, head coach Brian Craig announced Thursday.
“I am thrilled to announce that Jessie Mudd has joined our staff as our new men’s assistant golf coach,” Craig said. “Jessie has a terrific background in the game of golf and strong connections in the Kentucky golf community. 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. We are privileged to have him join our Kentucky golf family and look forward to a great upcoming season.”
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. Mudd has been playing professionally since graduation.