Longtime PGA TOUR veteran Scott Gump will begin his ninth season as the assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame men’s golf program for the 2020-21 campaign, and fourth under head coach John Handrigan.
Together, the duo have coached the Irish to the program’s three lowest season stroke averages of all-time. In fact, the 2019-20 squad shattered the record with a 282.26 strokes/round average and that was just the icing on the cake in what was a signature year for the program:
- The 2019-20 squad broke the program record for tournaments won with four, and did so over just five tournaments in the fall. The Irish won the Badger Invitational, Windon Memorial, Fighting Irish Classic and Quail Valley Collegiate. All-in-all, the Irish went an impressive 83-12-1.
- Coach Gump and Handrigan also produced two individual winners in Palmer Jackson (Quail Valley Collegiate) and John Felitto (Colleton River Collegiate).
- The Irish earned their first top-10 rankings in all three major polls (Golfweek, Golfstat and the GCAA poll) for the first time in the modern era. Notre Dame reached as high as No. 5 in the country.
- Four Irish golfers finished in the program’s all-time top-10 for season stroke average, including Hunter Ostrom and Palmer Jackson claiming the top-two spots.
- Notre Dame’s 43-under par win at the Quail Valley Collegiate shattered the program’s 54-hole scoring record by 21 strokes. In addition, the Irish fired off a second round 18-under par, which set a new program low round.
- The Irish ultimately placed three 54-hole tournament scores in the program’s top-seven. Furthermore, they recorded four of the five lowest team rounds in program history as well.
- Individually, four different Irish golfers landed in the program’s top-eight for 54-hole tournament scores, including three in the top-four:
- Palmer Jackson, -16
- Taichi Kho, -14
- Hunter Ostrom, -11
- Davis Lamb, -9
- Next, four different Irish golfers also recorded career low rounds that placed in the program’s top-six, including Chatfield’s seven-under par which tied the program low.
Coach Gump certainly has a knack for development. Members of the 2019-20 squad possess the top-six spots on the program’s all-time career stroke average list.
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 – then the second lowest of 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. 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 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.