Illini Assistant Makes 'Bittersweet' Decision to Leave Program
Senior balancing school while earning PGA Tour card
Over the past five seasons, Zach Guthrie has been instrumental in the success of Illinois golf. He is involved in all aspects of the program including recruiting, planning and administration of the Steve Stricker Illini Classic and Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, and serving as director of the Demirjian Indoor Golf Facility.
Guthrie has overseen the growth of the Olympia Fields tournament into one of the most respected nationally.
Illinois has qualified for the NCAA Championship each of the five years Guthrie has been on staff. The program is one of just six schools nationally with that distinction. The Illini have won four Big Ten championships and 23 tournaments in that span. Guthrie has also helped coach three first-team All-Americans - Scott Langley (2010), Luke Guthrie (2011) & Thomas Pieters (2012) - and back-to-back Big Ten individual champion Luke Guthrie (2011-12).
Guthrie graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University with a bachelor of business degree in economics. He was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team, was selected a Golf Coaches Association of America All-America Scholar and earned three All-Mid-Continent Conference Academic honors. In addition, Guthrie earned the team's Senior Leadership Award in 2007.
On the course, Guthrie was a key contributor to one of the most successful stretches in WIU golf history. During his collegiate playing career, he helped WIU qualify for NCAA postseason play three times as well as claim three Mid-Continent Conference Championships. He was co-medalist at the 2005 Pizza Hut/Bell South Invitational and fired a career-best round of 68 at the Beu/Mussatto Classic that season.
"Zach's college experience as a student and an athlete bode well for his future in coaching," head coach Mike Small said. "We have felt the benefit of his influence on our program. He shows all the qualities that are needed to be a solid collegiate coach."
Updated June 2012