David Sutherland was named Sacramento State’s Director of Golf prior to the 2007-08 season. During his tenure, has helped turn the Hornets into one of top programs on the West Coast. Sutherland has been named the Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has guided the program to a pair of NCAA regional appearances.
While at Sacramento State, Sutherland’s teams have rewritten the school record book. The top 25 single-round scores and the 20 of top 21 three-round tournament scores have come under his watch. His teams have routinely been among the best in the Big Sky Conference with six second-place finishes at the conference tournament before the Hornets defeated Idaho in a playoff to win the crown in 2017. That honor helped Sutherland be named the Big Sky Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Sacramento State added another second-place finish in 2018 before winning the team title by 20 storkes in 2019.
Individually, the top 10 single-season scoring averages and 19 of the top 20 career scoring averages have come in Sutherland’s tenure. That list includes six golfers from the 2018-19 team which each rank among the top 10 in career scoring averages.
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.”
Sutherland also coached the Hornet men’s program for several years where he claimed a pair of America Sky Conference championships.
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 Champions Tour.
David and his wife, Molly, live in Carmichael with their two sons.