Chris Larsen, dean of sports, recreation and events, also serves as the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams.
Since the College announced the addition of a men’s and a women’s golf team to the athletic program, Larsen has been hard at work developing the program for its inaugural season in 2017-18. He has secured the impressive Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course in Hollister (Mo.) as the team’s home course, recruited quality student-athletes, and set a schedule for fall play.
Kim Vinton joins the Lady Bobcats in her first year as the team’s assistant coach.
Coach Vinton is a University of Arizona alumnus, where she was a 4-year letter winner on the #1 nationally ranked women’s golf team. She was also a member of the Pac Ten All-Star team and inducted into the Arizona Hall of Fame.
Vinton comes to College of the Ozarks with a wealth of talent and experience. She has played golf professionally for 15 years all over the world, including 2 years living and playing in Japan. In addition, Vinton is a skilled and knowledgeable instructor of the game, having served as an assistant golf coach at the University of Arizona, coached the Women’s NCAA Golf Champions in 1996, taught at the Los Angeles and Ledgestone Country Clubs, and more.
Vinton’s success as a player and instructor will be invaluable in building and developing the women’s golf program at College of the Ozarks.