Baylor graduate spent last two seasons as Bears assistant
Former four-year letterman Austin Burk returned to Baylor for his second stint as an assistant coach for the men's golf program. Burk, who served as Baylor's assistant coach during the 2006-07 season, was named assistant men's golf coach in July 2010 after spending three seasons as assistant golf coach at Rice University in Houston.
In his first season back at Baylor, the Bears finished seventh at the 2011 Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kan. The Bears capped off their 2010-11 season with their 14th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance with an invitation to the NCAA Florida Regional in Ocala, Fla. Baylor concluded the season with a seventh-place finish.
A prosperous 2009-10 season began with the Owls capturing their first team championship since 1998 and continued through the program's first NCAA postseason appearance in 13 years. Along the way, Rice won a pair of tournament titles, 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.
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Wife: Amber Children: daughter Caroline
Vanguard Prep, head boys' and girls' coach
Baylor, assistant coach
Rice, assistant coach
Baylor, assistant coach
NCAA Central Regional (Baylor)
NCAA Colorado Regional (Rice)
NCAA Florida Regional (Baylor)
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Rice was also the runner-up at three other tournaments including the Conference USA Championship. The Owls tied for second at the C-USA Championship marking the squad's best finish since winning the 1939 Southwest Conference title. The Owls had finished no higher than seventh in their previous four C-USA Championships and had finished no higher than fourth at a conference championship since the 1981 SWC Championship.
Individually during the year, Rice golfers 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. Additionally, three Rice golfers received the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal for achieving a 3.75 grade point average or better.
In three seasons at Rice, Burk was a part 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 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 2009 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition. 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 Rice, Burk served as the assistant men's golf coach at Baylor, helping the Bears to five top-three finishes including a win at the Hootie at Bulls Bay.
As a student-athlete at Baylor, Burk won the 2001 Texas Collegiate Amateur, was a member of the 2001 Big 12 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 boys' and girls' golf coach at Vanguard Preparatory School in Waco in 2003, leading the boys' team to the state tournament.
Burk, a fifth generation Baylor graduate, was a member of the Bears' golf team from 2000-03. He earned his bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in recreation and leisure services in 2004. A member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), he is married to the former Amber Alcala, a 2008 Baylor graduate. They have one daughter, Caroline.