Former Hardin-Simmons’ men’s golfer Bart Craig is in his ninth season as the golf coach at Hardin-Simmons.
He is coming off one of his most successful seasons as the Cowgirls won three tournaments in the fall of 2018. Three different Cowgirls won medalist honors at tournaments during the year.
Luke Smith qualified for the NCAA Championship in 2019. Smith was named an honorable mention All-American and was selected for the NCAA Championship. Smith set the single-season and career scoring average mark and set the school Division III record with a six-under 66.
It was also a big year as HSU finished the Tommy Hale Short Game Center. The project was a mastermind of Craig and he was able to sell his vision to generous donors that made the facility a reality.
In his tenure, Craig has coached 11 players to 14 all-conference performances.
His teams have also done well in the classroom with numerous academic all-ASC selections. Kara Doege was the ASC Scholar-Athlete medal winner and a distinguished scholar-athlete in 2016. Doege, Dawson and Guinn were all named NGCA academic scholars. Guinn was named a CoSIDA academic all-district selection.
Both teams have won the American Southwest Conference Sportsmanship award
Craig came back to HSU after serving most recently as a PGA Golf Professional at El Dorado Golf and Country Club in El Dorado, Ark. He has plenty of golf administration experience and also had coached the El Dorado high school teams.
His girls’ team won two state titles in his six seasons at the helm of the program. He has worked in the golf industry since graduation from Hardin-Simmons.
Craig is a native of Weatherford and played at Hardin-Simmons from 1987 to 1991. He was an NAIA All-District VIII selection as a senior in 1991.
He played at HSU during the end of the Division I era and into the early days of NAIA for head coach Jeff Goodin. In his junior year, he was part of the team that placed second in the Division I Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament.
His senior year he helped the Cowboys to a fourth-place finish at the NAIA National Tournament. He won medalist honors at the District VIII meet that sent the Cowboys to the NAIA Nationals.
Craig graduated from HSU in 1991 with a degree in behavioral science. His wife, Jan is a Hardin-Simmons graduate and a former member of the women’s golf team and they have two children, Jaxon and Reagan.
Men’s Team Tournament Wins
Alamo City Classic (Fall 2017)
Men Individual Wins
Luke Smith, Alamo City Classic (Fall 2018)
Women’s Team Tournament Wins
Alamo City Classic (Fall 2018)
Rockwind Links (Fall 2018)
Abilene Intercollegiate (Fall 2018)
Women’s Individual Wins
Baylee Oehlert, Alamo City Classic (Fall 2016)
Kelsie Guinn, Linda Lowery Invitational (Spring 2017)
Baylee Oehlert, Rockwinds Intercollegiate (Fall 2018)
Heidi Moser, Alamo City Classic (Fall 2018)
Ashley Riemitis, Linda Lowry (Spring 2019)
Luke Smith (2019)
Luke Smith (2019)
Dylan Dawson (twice)
Kelsie Guinn (three times)