David Sutherland was named Sacramento State’s Director of
Golf prior to the 2007-08 season. In his current capacity,
Sutherland oversees both the Hornet men’s and women’s
golf teams while also serving as the primary coach for the
A veteran PGA Tour player, Sutherland competed in 215 PGA events and 83 Nationwide Tour tournaments during his 17 years on the circuit. A native of Carmichael, Calif., Sutherland recorded eight top 10 and 32 top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour. His best PGA finish came at the 1997 Greater Milwaukee Open where he tied for second. He also recorded a pair of third-place ties, including the 1999 Bell Canadian Open. In addition, Sutherland competed in the British Open and the PGA Tour Championship.
While Sutherland had plenty of success on the tour, it was his two years of injuries that drew him to the coaching ranks.
“Because of my injuries, I had a chance to prepare for life after golf,” he explained. “I knew that I could only continue to play for a few years and then wanted to begin working with young people. When the opportunity came to coach at Sacramento State, I knew it was a great fit.”
While at Sacramento State, Sutherland has coached the women to four second place finishes at the Big Sky Championships.
In his brief time with the Hornets, Sutherland has already won two conference titles with the men's team. He also served as the director for the Sacramento State Invitational and the NCAA Women’s Golf West Regional in 2008 at Lincoln Hills Golf Club.
A graduate of Fresno State, Sutherland was a two-time All-American (1987 and 1989). He also succeeded in the classroom where he was an Academic All-American as a senior and was named Fresno State’s Pacific Coast Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Year. He turned professional in 1989 and joined the PGA Tour in 1997.
Sutherland’s brother, Kevin, also starred at Fresno State and is currently a member of the PGA Tour.
David and his wife, Molly, live in Carmichael with their two sons.