May 7, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s golf coach John Jasinski has announced that former Irish golfer Chris Whitten returned to join his staff as an assistant coach.
With the Irish, the 23-year old Whitten will oversee recruiting and will be involved in every aspect of coaching the Notre Dame golf program. He began his duties on March 1.
In making the announcement, Jasinski said, “We are pleased to have Chris Whitten join the Notre Dame golf coaching staff. He brings a great deal of experience as a varsity golfer and monogram winner with the Irish and has been around the game of golf his entire life. Chris has a deep interest in instruction with golfers at a higher level. His skills will be a great asset to our program.”
A 2002 graduate, Whitten was a four-year member of the Notre Dame golf team, earning a monogram in his final season. During his career, he played in 13 tournaments with a 78.00 average for 34 rounds of play. His best season came in 2001-02, when he played in nine of the team’s 10 tournaments with a 77.43 average. He got his final year off to a strong start as he led the Irish at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational with a 222 total, including the best round of his career, an even-par 72 in the second round. He also finished 18th at the BIG EAST Championship, helping the Irish to a second-place finish.
In the classroom, Whitten was a Dean’s List student at Notre Dame, graduating with degrees in English and computer applications. A Dean’s List student in his last four semesters, he was named to the 2002 National Collegiate Golf Coaches Association’s All-Scholar Team.
A native of Rockford, Mich., Whitten has been involved in the game of golf his entire life as his father, Buddy, is a club professional at the Blythefield Country Club in Rockford. His father played on the Senior Tour in 1997 with Chris serving as his caddy.