Nick Watney Invitational, Sept. 29-30, 2014. Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014
Fresno State head men's golf coach Chad Spencer, and Fresno State alumnus, enters his third season at the helm of the Bulldogs' program. He was hired on July 27, 2013 to succeed his former coach Mike Watney, who retired after 35 years of service to men's golf program.
In his second season at Fresno State, the Bulldogs posted a 294.36 team scoring average during the 2014-15 season, which included 16 rounds posted in the 60's by Spencer's student-athletes. Senior Keenan Nelson carded a career-low 66 on March 2 and sophomore Micheal Pugh fired a career-low 64 on Feb. 23 in a strong spring semester behind Spencer. Pugh's 64 tied for the second-lowest single-round in school history -- Pugh shares second-lowest score in school history with four others, which includes Spencer when he accomplished the feat during the 2002-03 season.
Four of his student-athletes were named to the 2014-15 Mountain West All-Academic team and four were named Mountain West Scholar Athletes -- a MW scholar athlete carries a cumulative grade point average better than 3.5 and must have completed in at least two academic terms.
Additionally, Neil Bautista and Keenan Nelson were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, as named by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) to cap the 2014-15 season.
In his first season, six of Spencer's nine student-athletes on the 2013-14 roster were named to the Mountain West All-Academic team and one was named a Mountain West Scholar Athlete.
Before rejoining his alma mater, Spencer was the head coach of the Nevada women's golf program, where he led the Wolf Pack to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Mountain West Championship.
During his tenure as Nevada's head coach, Spencer coached 12 academic all-conference selections, two all-conference honorees and two NCGA All-American Scholars.
Prior to his promotion to head coach of the Nevada women's golf program, Spencer spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the both the men and women's golf programs at Nevada. In those two seasons, the men's Wolf Pack squad turned in 11 top-five finishes, including a pair of wins, sent an individual to the NCAA West Regionals each year and earned six individual all-conference selections. The women's Wolf Pack team finished in the top-five seven times and saw two players earn all-conference honors in those two years.
Before his time in Reno, Spencer taught for three years as an instructor and club fitter at River Park Golf Center in Fresno, Calif., and competed professionally in 2006 and 2007 on the Canadian Tour. In 2006, he finished 39th on Order of Merit on the Canadian Tour and was ranked in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Spencer graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor's degree in communications in 2005 and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs. He earned first-team all-conference honors in 2004 and a second-team selection in 2003. Spencer also garnered All-Southwest Region accolades after turning in nine top-20 finishes in 12 events his senior year. In addition to holding the position of team captain in 2003-04, he was active in the Big Heroes Little Heroes program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After finishing his collegiate playing career, he served as an assistant coach at Fresno State during the 2004-05 season.
Spencer graduated from Rocklin (Calif.) High School in 2000 and is a member of the United States Golf Association. He is married to the former, Tiffany Veerkamp, who also played golf for Fresno State, and together they have one daughter, Ellie.
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