2009-10 Drake Golf Head Coach 12th Season Drake (1993)
Scott Bohlender was named head coach of the Drake golf program in the spring of 1999 and has wasted little time in guiding the Bulldog fortunes to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference. During his time at Drake, Bohlender has guided his teams to top three finishes in the MVC Championships five times and coached five All-American Scholar-Athlete recipients, as well as numerous All-MVC Scholar-Athlete, league players of the week and all-league team selections. Bohlender has coached six former athletes who have gone on to pursue their dream of competing on the PGA Tour. Along with assistant coach Leanne Smith, Bohlender undertook a start up program in women’s golf in 2006. In three years, they have scored three All-American Scholars in Olivia Lansing (2008, 2009), Michelle Mathwick (2008, 2009) and Elena Vukmir (2008, 2009). Lansing also garnered All-MVC medalist honors in 2008 as well as earning all-league recognition in 2009. She has also been tabbed the MVC Player of the Week on seven occasions. A native of Norwalk, Iowa, Bohlender served as an assistant golf professional of the Des Moines Golf and Country Club from 1994-96. He was head varsity golf coach at Carlisle High School from 1997-98 before serving as a teaching professional at the Pointe Hilton Golf Resort on South Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz. During his stay in Arizona, Bohlender served as a site coordinator and assistant instructor for the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools at Desert Mountain in Carefree, Ariz. He worked alongside such names as Jim Flick, Martin Hall and Mike Malaska - three of the top 100 golf instructors in the country as rated by Golf Magazine. Bohlender is a 1993 graduate of Drake where he received a bachelor of science degree in business management. He established himself as one of the top amateurs in the state of Iowa before turning professional in the spring of 1994. He recorded top 10 finishes in the 1993 Iowa State Amateur Match Play Championships; the 1994 Iowa Section Assistants Match Play Championship; the 1994 Bob Clark Memorial Pro-Am; the 1995 U.S. Open Qualifying; and the 1996 Williamsburg Pro-Am. Scott and his wife, Meghan, have a son, AJ, born April 7, 2007.
LEANNE SMITH Assistant Coach Fourth Season Iowa State (2004)
Leanne Smith was named assistant Drake golf coach in August of 2006. Along with head coach Scott Bohlender, Smith undertook a start up program in women’s golf in 2006. In three years, they have scored three All-American Scholars in Olivia Lansing (2008, 2009), Michelle Mathwick (2008, 2009) and Elena Vukmir (2008, 2009). Lansing also garnered All-MVC medalist honors in 2008 as well as earning all-league recognition in 2009. She has also been tabbed the MVC Player of the Week on seven occasions. In addition, Kelly Godwin collected All-MVC laurels in 2009. The Creston, Iowa, native was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa State, earning Big 12 Academic All-Conference honors in 2002 and 2003. She earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing, with a coaching minor, in 2004. Smith played in the U.S. Amateur in 2001 and 2004 as well as the 2004 U.S. Women’s Publinks Championship. She won the Des Moines Women’s City Tournament in 2002 and 2004 and finished runner-up in the 2009 Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship. Smith turned pro in November of 2005 and played in the Futures Tour for two years. She placed fourth in the 2006 Michigan Open and 14th at the Illinois Open. She was a USGA P.J. Boatwright intern for the Special Olympics and ran the National Invitational Tournament hosted in Ames. Leanne and her husband, Russ, have a daughter, Adelaide Joy, born Aug. 13, 2008.
DRAKE WOMEN’S GOLF ACCOLADES MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE GOLFER OF WEEK Olivia Lansing, March 19, 2007 Olivia Lansing, April 4, 2007 Olivia Lansing, Oct. 8, 2008 Olivia Lansing, Oct. 15, 2008 Olivia Lansing, Oct. 22, 2008 Olivia Lansing, Feb. 25, 2009 Olivia Lansing, April 8, 2009 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE SELECTIONS Olivia Lansing, 2008, 2009 Kelly Godwin, 2009 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT MEDALISTS Olivia Lansing, 2008 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE SELECTIONS Olivia Lansing, 2008, 2009 NATIONAL GOLF COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLAR ATHLETES Olivia Lansing, 2008, 2009 Michelle Mathwick, 2008, 2009 Elena Vukmir, 2008, 2009 Italic indicates active player
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