A former member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour is the new coach of the Mohawk College golf team.
Deborah Lee Eldridge of Dundas, played on five different tours in Canada and the U.S. from 1991-2001, including the LPGA Tour in 1996. She played in 196 professional tournaments, winning 10 times. She fashioned 88 top-10 finishes and set three competitive course records.
Eldridge was the Ontario Amateur Champion five times and had an incredible season in 1989 when she was the No, 1 ranked female amateur in Ontario and Canada and was the Canadian Female Amateur of the Year, winning the Score Magazine Award. That same year, she was the National Amateur Champion of France and Canadian Amateur runner-up. She played internationally for Canada in both 1989 and 1990.
Eldridge played National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I golf at Indiana University where she was a four-time tournament champion and a two time Honourable Mention All-American. She was the Big 10 Player of the Year in 1990.
“Deborah brings experience as a player, a team member and a pro,” said Michelle Ball, Mohawk Director of Student Engagement and Athletics. “She will bring an understanding of the game from both a competitive and technical level. We look forward to having her as part of the team.”
A member of the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association since 1991, Eldridge is a CPGA Class ‘A’ Teaching Professional, as well as a Coaching Association of Canada Certified Instructor. She is currently teaching both locally and as a Staff Instructor at the Gary Bos Golf Academy in St. Catharines.
Eldridge is very excited about the opportunity to help out with the Mohawk golf program and the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association tournament format.
“My aim is to have the players perform their best and enjoy the process,” said the new coach.