Austin Burk was an assistant golf coach at Rice for three seasons (2007-10). Below is the final bio written about Burk, penned late in the 2009-10 season.
Third-year assistant coach Austin Burk has played a role in the upturn in the Rice University golf program.
A prosperous 2009-10 season began with the Owls capturing their first team championship since 1998 and continued through the program's first NCAA post-season appearance in 13 years. Along the way, Rice won a pair of tournament tiles, saw golfers win a total of three individual tournaments including a conference championship and claim the best showing at a conference championship since the 1930s.
The Owls' season got off to a fast start when the team won the UTA/Waterchase Invitational. The Owls had three players birdie the tournament's final hole en route to a two-stroke victory. Rice also began the spring season with a team title. The Owls won the 10th Annual Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon by 19 strokes.
Rice was also the runner-up at three other tournaments including the Conference USA Golf Championship. The Owls tied for second at the league title marking the squad's best finish since winning the 1939 Southwest Conference title. The Owls had finished no higher than seventh in its previous four C-USA Championships and had finished no higher than fourth at a conference championship since the 1981 Southwest Conference Championship.
During the season, Rice has tallied eight, Top Five finishes and is 235-63 (.789) in head-to-head play. The Owls currently are No. 61 in NCAA Division I head-to-head rankings according to Golfstat.
Academically, all 10 Rice golf student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Rice established a Conference USA record by having 227 student-athletes named to the honor roll which recognizes those student-athletes who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Additionally, three Rice golfers received the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal for achieving a 3.75 grade point average or better.
A unanimous selection, Rice senior Michael Buttacavoli headlined the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
In three seasons at Rice, Burks has been apart of 24, Top 10 team finishes including 12 such performances during the 2009-10 season.
During the 2008-09 season, the Owls' best outing was a runner-up finish at the 9th Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon. Rice also finished in a tie for third at the Pacific Invitational during the fall campaign.
Academically, Rice had eight golfers earn Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition in 2009. Three members of the team received the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for carrying at least a 3.75 grade point average.
Prior to coming to Rice, Burk served as the assistant men's golf coach at Baylor University and helped lead Baylor to five, top-three finishes including a win at the Hootie at Bulls Bay. Baylor also made their 10th consecutive regional appearance during Burk's tenure.
While at Baylor, Burk won the 2001 Texas Collegiate Amateur, was a member of the 2001 Big XII Championship team and qualified for the Nationwide Tour Permian Basin Open. Following graduation, he competed on the Tight Lies and Grey Goose Tours.
He was the head men's and women's golf coach at Vanguard Preparatory School in Waco in 2003, leading the men's team to the state tournament.
Burk was a member of the Bears' golf team from 2000-03 and earned his bachelor's degree in education from Baylor in 2004. He has a daughter, Caroline.
He is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Golf Heads into Final Day of C-USA Championship...
04/25/2016 - Rice will enter the final day of the Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship in 11th-place. The tournament will be played at the par-72, 6,969...
Golf in 11th-Place at Conference USA Championship
04/24/2016 - Rice began play at the Conference USA Championship with an opening round 303 to sit 15-over par in 11th-place. The tournament will be played at the...
Golf Begins Play at Conference USA Championship
04/23/2016 - The Rice golf team will take its strong play to Texarkana, Ark., for the 2016 Conference USA Championship. The tournament will be played at the par...
Lee, Carmona Named to C-USA All-Academic Team
04/22/2016 - Senior James Lee and sophomore Mario Carmona were named to the 2016 Conference USA Men’s Golf All-Academic Team, announced Friday morning by ...
Mitchell Meissner Named Co-C-USA Golfer of the ...
04/13/2016 - After earning his first career victory, sophomore golfer Mitchell Meissner was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week, the conference office...
Meissner Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win Jim West...
04/12/2016 - Sophomore Mitchell Meissner shot a final round 71 to finish nine-under par and go wire-to-wire to win his first career tournament at the Jim West...
Meissner Takes Lead into Final Day of Jim West ...
04/11/2016 - Sophomore Mitchell Meissner leads the Jim West Intercollegiate heading into the final round.
Golf Closes Regular Season at Jim West...
04/10/2016 - The Rice golf team will play its final tournament of the regular season when it travels to Bastrop for the Jim West Intercollegiate. The tournament...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store