CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Cathy Cook is the new women's golf coach at Ohio Christian University (OCU). With a professional golf background, Cook was selected to take over the team at OCU as the squad kicks off its first season this Fall. Cook brings over fifty years of golf experience with her, ranging from working with professional coaches such as Ken Venturi to helping pioneer and develop The First Tee, a program dedicated to teaching youth the valuable lessons that can be learned through the sport of golf. It is OCU's belief that Cook can not only grow the program into where it needs to be, but can also create a high level of competition to compete in the RSC and the NAIA. "Cathy Cook is quite an athlete in her own rights. She attended Ohio State University and many say she is one of the best teachers in the area. She will bring not only expertise but also professionalism to our new program," said Mark Taylor, Vice President of Advancement for Ohio Christian University.
Cook originally hails from Mansfield, Ohio. Growing up, a love for golf was fostered through the time she spent at Firestone Country Club located in Akron, OH. As a high school golfer, she had the opportunity to not only play golf, but play on the men's team at both high schools she attended. Both teams won state championships and Cathy earned MVP awards for pushing the guys as they "didn't like getting beat by a girl". Following high school, Cook went on to play collegiate golf at The Ohio State University, where she helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in her four years of eligibility. Cook would continue her golf career by joining Amateur Tour as well as the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) where she was able to achieve success at the highest level of professional golf.
In 1993, Cathy turned her focus from playing golf to the business and teaching side of the sport. Being a part of the original team which pioneered the development of The First Tee and started the local chapter of The First Tee of Cooks Creek in Ashville Ohio, Cathy also helped in designing, testing, and publishing The First Tee Curriculum and Coaches Program. Intent on giving back to the kinds of programs that built her career, Cathy has been involved with developing several high school girls and boys golf programs, conducting junior golf tournaments both locally and nationally via US Kids Golf, and managing the collegiate selection process for some of her higher level players.
"I'm excited to be a part of such a strong Christian university with a tradition of excellence," said Cook. "All of the people are first class and Ohio Christian's reputation speaks for itself! It is an honor for me to be able to serve as head golf coach and I'm looking forward to many years of great golf with outstanding OCU student athletes,"
Cook comes from a family that is no stranger to the golf world. Jim Cook, Cathy's father, designed and built Cooks Creek Golf Course located on the southern side of Ashville, OH. Cathy's brother John is also a well known member of the golf community. Formerly a PGA Tour player, John collected eleven PGA Tour wins and was a member of the 1993 United States Ryder Cup Team. John is also a former Buckeye and member of the Ohio State Varsity Hall of Fame.