| Celts Welcome Philip Tate |
University of St. Thomas Athletic Director Todd Smith announced the hiring of Philip Tate as the head golf coach for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Tate, who most recently worked with the men’s golf team at Texas State University, has a long history with golf. He began playing at the age of nine after his father took him to the golf course and he quickly took to the game.
“It was a great way to occupy my time and it was difficult,” Tate said. “I liked both aspects of that. It was something where I could walk up to a course and take some balls and hit.”
Tate played at the collegiate level for Texas Tech University where he was a two-time Academic All American, All Big 12 and All Academic Southwest Conference. He had several top five finishes, played 32 of 33 events and was on the 1996 conference championship team.
After college he went on to play in the North Atlantic tour, the Tight Lies tour and several US amateur tours. He then became a teaching professional in Fort Worth, Texas where he gained experience coaching young athletes.
“Coach Tate is going to fit in very well at St. Thomas and in our athletic department,” Smith said. “He is very energetic and ready to take the men’s program to the next level while building the women’s program into a more solid team. Phillip played in the Big 12 and coached most recently at Texas State. He has been around the game at all levels and is a great teacher of the game.”
The prospect of coaching a young program initially drew Tate to UST. With a young team he could introduce his philosophy of the game: a strong knowledge of the fundamentals and a strong academic background.
Tate said when he met the players and saw their competitive drive he knew he was going to get a lot of hard work from them.
“We are going into this season ranked 19th in the country,” Tate said. “I think the players have high expectations. I do too. I haven’t set specific goals yet but I want to improve. I want to see us thinking better around the golf course, making better decisions and make improvements on the short game.”