Longtime PGA TOUR veteran Scott Gump begins his eighth season as the assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame men’s golf program for the 2019-20 campaign, and third under head coach John Handrigan.
Together, the duo have coached the Irish to its two lowest season team stroke averages in program history over the last two years. The current 2019-20 Irish obtain the top three career stroke averages (Chatfield, Felitto, Lamb) on the program charts and four of the top-eight. In addition, seven of the top-11 spots for 54-hole tournaments lows all occurred in the last two years as well – more impressively is that it spans across six different golfers.
The 2018-19 season witnessed the Irish achieve multiple firsts since 2014: Miguel Delgado qualified for the NCAA Louisville Regional and Hunter Ostrom won the Northern Intercollegiate championship. 2019 also marked the first time Notre Dame had multiple Ping Division I All-Midwest Team representatives. Furthermore, there’s no better example of development than Delgado, who not only advanced to the postseason, but also averaged 71.4 strokes per round in his senior year – the second lowest all-time.
The year prior (2017-18 season), Gump coached the Irish to its lowest team stroke average in over three decades, averaging 286.25 per tournament. The Irish placed six of the lowest rounds on the program’s all-time top-10 list, in addition too six of the lowest 54-hole tournament scores in the program’s top-10 list. Furthermore, Coach Gump helped improve the season stroke averages of five returners. The team finished 91-51-1 and recorded its best ever finish at the ACC Championships, carding a 19-under par.
The 2016-17 Irish produced a then best 289.52 team stroke average while winning four team tournaments (Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge, Georgetown Intercollegiate, Yestingsmeier Match Play and the Battle at the Warren).
The Irish had strong performances at home in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, placing first and second in the Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge, respectively, tying for first at the 2015 Fighting Irish Golf Classic, and taking first at the Battle at the Warren in 2016. In addition to strong home performances, they posted a runner-up finish in the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play at the Lake Jovita Country Club in February 2016.
In 2013-14, Coach Gump helped oversee Notre Dame’s transition into the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Irish posted a head-to-head record of 66-63-2 (.508) during their first ACC season, logging a 295.06 stroke average over 33 team rounds. Highlighting the campaign was the first Irish team tournament victory since the 2012 BIG EAST Championship, as Notre Dame bested six other squads to win its very own Oak Hill Intercollegiate at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Over his first two seasons on the Irish coaching staff Gump mentored Niall Platt, who closed his Notre Dame tenure as one of the best players in program history. Platt became the first Notre Dame golfer, male or female, to be named to the all-ACC team during the program’s first year as a conference member in 2013-14, while also becoming just the fourth different player in program history to earn Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division I PING all-Midwest Region recognition. Platt completed his career as the program scoring leader with a final 73.17 stroke average over 122 career rounds (44 events), and won his second individual tournament title after posting a one-under-par 209 to claim medalist honors at the 2014 Oak Hill Intercollegiate.
In his first season on the Irish coaching staff, Gump helped guide Notre Dame to a 66-49-1 (.571) record, which included a third-place finish in the program’s final appearance at the BIG EAST Championship on the Tom Watson Course at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. Notre Dame carded the lowest score of the tournament during the event’s final round, turning in an eight-under par, 280. Irish players Cory Sciupider and Niall Platt each earned all-BIG EAST honors on the strength of top-five finishes in the tournament’s individual draw.
As a team, Notre Dame posted the fourth-best scoring average in program history in Gump’s inaugural campaign, carding a 293.95 clip over 24 total rounds. The Irish added four top-five team placements, and Platt (Macdonald Cup) and Sciupider (C&F Bank Intercollegiate) broke through for their first collegiate tournament victories.
Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame, Gump served as a coach and instructor at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy from 2009 until June of 2012 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.
A touring 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 Web.com 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 in 1999. He finished two strokes behind tournament champion David Duval at the `99 PLAYERS, a win that elevated Duval to the ranking of number one player in the world.
Gump’s 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 Web.com 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 Web.com Tour Money List.
More than 10 years after his last victory at the Greater Greensville Classic, Gump broke through once more on the Web.com 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 for the Hurricanes.
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.
A native of Merritt Island, Fla., Gump graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration in 1987. He and his wife, Christine, are the parents of a daughter, Sarah.