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.
Individually during the year, Rice golfers have won three championships including a five-stroke victory by Christopher Brown at the Conference USA championship. Brown, who claimed two tournament titles, was one of two golfers to receive all-conference honors. Freshman Jade Scott won the David Toms Intercollegiate in the fall and went on to be named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
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.