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Women’s golf hires new assistant coach


Then-freshman, now junior Emma Fisher picks her ball out of the hole after sinking a putt April 8, 2017, during the IU Invitational at the IU Golf Course. IU competed in the Big Ten tournament from Friday to Sunday in Maineville, Ohio, and finished with a tie for second. IDS file photo

A familiar face from the women’s golf collegiate world has joined the IU coaching staff.

As of Tuesday, Lauren Whyte will be an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the program.

“We are ecstatic to add a coach with the pedigree that Coach Whyte brings to the table," IU women’s golf Coach Clint Wallman said in an IU Athletics press release. "She has competed at the highest level in college, advancing to the NCAA Championship Match Play finals and has seamlessly made the transition to the coaching ranks. I know our team will enjoy getting to know her and is excited to start working with her."

Whyte played golf for Baylor University from 2014-2016 and ended her career at Denver University from 2016-2018. She helped the Bears as a freshman clinch their first Big 12 conference title.

At Denver, she had a 75.06 scoring average and was the team captain. Whyte earned First and Second Team All-Summit League honors. They also won the 2017 Summit League Championship. 

She also has experience with the Scotland National U-18 girl’s team and was the captain at the European Girls Team Championship from 2011-14. Whyte won the Scottish Girls U-18 Championship in 2012 and participated in the European Young Masters in 2011 and 2012 with Scotland.

After her college days were over, she joined Mercer University as a graduate assistant coach.

"I have to thank Coach Wallman for giving me this great opportunity to join the Indiana women's golf program" Whyte said in the release. "Indiana has been a force on the national stage recently, and it is so exciting to be able join the staff and do all that I can to keep them there and also help them reach for new heights on and off the course."

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