SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University has selected local PGA professional David Fern to be its next women's golf coach, according to Director of Athletics Tim Demant.
Fern takes over for Emily Guthrie, who departed following the 2017-18 season to pursue other professional opportunities.
"We are excited that someone of David's experience and teaching ability is joining our program," Demant said. "David was not only an accomplished collegiate golfer, but he is one of the top teaching pros in the area."
Fern is a PGA Teaching Professional at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, where he has taught since the spring of 2013. He had previously been the head men's golf coach at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) for one season (2008-09) before he left to pursue a professional career. Fern played on the Gateway Tour and in several mini tours from 2009 through 2010 before returning to the Northwest.
Fern takes over a team that returns six of eight players from a squad that finished third in the Northwest Conference standings to nationally-ranked George Fox and Whitman. Included in that group are All-NWC honorees Maggie Peters and Jaymie Pentony.
Fern looks forward to the idea of developing a program that can challenge the top two schools.
"I love the challenge of helping golfers achieve their potential, and I also value the opportunity to encourage character development along the way," he said.
Fern played two years at Pepperdine University before he transferred to Washington State University where he was the number one player his senior season before graduating with a degree in Sports Management in 2007. He earned his Master's degree from Gonzaga University in 2012.
Fern was the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur champion in 2004.
"Our search committee was impressed with David's commitment to not just developing players, but whole people," Demant added.
"Golf is not always about pretty swings and long drives," Fern said. "Golf teams that win championships have excellent short games and mental games. We will try and follow this recipe for success."