USC Beaufort named Kristyl Sunderman to be its new women’s golf coach, giving the California native her first coaching opportunity after continued amateur excellence on a national level.
Following a college career at UCLA and TCU, Sunderman has gone on to participate in nine USGA championships. That includes this year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, to be played next month in Erie, Pa.
She replaces Alexis Bennett, hired away by High Point University after guiding the Sand Sharks to an eighth-place finish at this spring’s NAIA Championship.
USCB returns four starters from that squad, including NAIA All-American Franzi Knoetsch and all-Sun Conference selection Vanessa Schloo. The Sand Sharks have not been ranked outside the NAIA women’s top 10 for more than two years.
“We are excited about the breadth of experience Kristyl brings to USCB,” athletics director Quin Monahan said, “and the incredible passion she has for the game of golf, as well as for developing and mentoring young women.”
Sunderman, 43, impressed the USCB hiring committee with detailed plans for not only the day-to-day management of the program, but a vision for improving each individual player and helping each produce their best effort during competitive rounds.
“I want each day to be so positive that they can’t wait for the next,” Sunderman said. “In that journey of hard work and toil, I want the team to believe in themselves and the possibilities.”
Sunderman leaves behind a career in graphic design and marketing, having spent the past 12 years as art director for Riverside (Calif.) Community Hospital. She put coaching aspirations on hold while raising her daughter, now an art student in New York.
Sunderman comes from an athletic family. Her grandfather, Ed Beinor, was an All-America tackle at Notre Dame in 1938 and played three seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins.