• Six NCAA Championship team appearances and two individuals at Arkansas
• 2009 NCAA runner-up
• 2019 SEC Champion
• 2009 SEC Coach of the Year
• Advanced to 12* consecutive NCAA Regional at Arkansas and 18 of the last 19 as a head coach
• Has led the Razorbacks to 28 tournament title wins with 19 individual medalist
• Arkansas has at least one tournament win in each of his 13 years*
• 18 All-America honors
• 26 All-Region honors
• 16 All-SEC selections and eight SEC All-Freshmen team honorees
• 75 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees and 26 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll winners
* – streaks interrupted as 2020 season was canceled on Mar. 12 due to COVID-19
In his 15th year at the helm of the Arkansas men’s golf program for the 2020-21 season, head coach Brad McMakin has the Razorbacks in a position to contend for a national title year-in and year-out by cultivating a team culture that has resulted in record-breaking performances on the course and in the classroom.
A highly successful coach prior to joining the Razorbacks, McMakin turned around the Arkansas program in just two years and took the team to new heights in the spring of 2009 when he led them to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. In his 14 seasons as the head coach, McMakin’s teams have been to 12 NCAA Regionals and six NCAA Championships, while winning 28 team titles along the way, including the 2019 SEC Championship.
While his teams have shown an ability to rise to the best competition, it is McMakin’s ability to recruit and develop top-notch talent that makes him successful. Since his arrival, Arkansas has had 16 All-SEC selections, 18 All-American honors and 26 All-Region picks.
Arkansas’ success on the course is boosted by a foundation of success in the classroom. McMakin’s 14 teams have combined to land 75 student-athletes on the Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll (3.0+ GPA) and 26 on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. On four occasions, his players were named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year including Austin Cook (2012 and 2103) and Mason Overstreet (2019 and 2020) – both of whom earned Academic All-America honors.
Individually, McMakin was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2009 and was a finalist for the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year award in 2011.
Eight of the top 10 season scoring averages have come under McMakin’s tutelage, including #1 Julian Perico and #2 William Buhl in 2019-20. Also, each of the team’s top 10 season scoring averages has come during McMakin’s tenure, including a school-record 284.4 in 2019-20. Individually in 2019-20, Buhl was voted honorable mention All-America and second team All-SEC while Perico was tabbed All-Region for the second straight year and first team All-SEC.
McMakin brought in the No. 1 freshman class in the country for the 2016-17 season and that class – featuring Overstreet, Buhl and Luis Garza – quickly saw the dividends on the course. His young squad captured two tournament titles and Overstreet went on a run for the ages during postseason play in his inaugural season. He became the first rookie in Razorback history to finish even par at the SEC Championship and he followed that up with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to qualify as an individual for the National Championship.
Under the direction of McMakin, the Kingfisher, Oklahoma, native never backed down on the national stage, posting rounds of 70-68-72-71 – 281 (-7) to finish as national runner-up and record the best Razorback finish in 54 years. He became the second player in school history to finish inside the top five at the National Championship, joining R.H. Sikes who won the program’s only National Title in 1963, and he earned honorable mention All-America honors.
In 2019, Overstreet, Garza and Buhl – along with a 2018 transfer Tyson Reeder and 2019 freshman Julian Perico – ended the regular season with a win in Nebraska and rode that momentum to win the 2019 SEC Championship – the program’s second SEC title and first since 1995. The Razorbacks were seventh after stroke play but kicked it into high gear once match play began to defeat Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and a red-hot Auburn squad to win the Championship.
Arkansas’ 2008-09 season was certainly one for the record books as it shocked some of the best programs in the nation on its way to NCAA runner-up honors. Finishing outside the top five in just one of 13 tournaments that season, the Razorbacks put together an impressive spring that featured five straight second-place finishes, which included the SEC, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championships. The Hogs defeated Washington (3 & 2) and Georgia (3-1-1) in match play, before eventually falling on the final hole of the championship match to Texas A&M to finish runner-up. Arkansas’ impressive spring earned McMakin SEC Coach of the Year honors, making him the first Razorback mentor to take the distinction.
The Razorbacks enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in school history in 2011-12 when McMakin led Arkansas to a school-record seven team victories in 10 regular-season tournaments. His squad also posted one of Arkansas’ best team stroke averages and had three players named All-SEC, two All-Region and a pair of All-Americans.
McMakin has produced five PGA Tour members Austin Cook, Andrew Landry, David Lingmerth, Ethan Tracy and Sebastian Cappelen. Also, Nicolas Echavarria and Taylor Moore are competing on the Korn Ferry Tour. Alvaro Ortiz won the 2019 Latin America Amateur to qualify and eventually finished as silver medalist (runner-up) for low amateur at 2019 The Masters. Buhl also claimed a national title, winning the 2019 Canadian Amateur which earned him a spot in the PGA’s RBC Canadian Open.
All-Americans Lingmerth and Landry, the tandem that paced Arkansas to the 2009 NCAA runner-up finish, as well as Cook have all won on the PGA Tour. Lingmeth additionally represented his native Sweden in the 2016 Olympics.
Lingmerth, who earned a second All-American honor in 2010, was the first Arkansas player to play in the prestigious Palmer Cup before earning his way on to the PGA Tour. Cappelen, a four-time All-American, played on the Palmer Cup three times and All-American Ortiz once.
Landry, a three-time All-American, won the 2018 Valero Texas Open, won the 2020 American Express and was in the final pairing at the 2016 U.S. Open with eventual champion Dustin Johnson. Lingmerth, winner of the 2015 Memorial, was 12th at the 2016 U.S. Open.
Before his move to Fayetteville, McMakin was the head coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he spent a decade. In 2006, he led the Cardinals to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and won an NCAA-best seven tournaments in 13 events in 2006, placing two golfers among the top 10 individual finishers at the NCAA Championships.
After arriving at Lamar, McMakin revitalized the program, returning it to the top of the Southland Conference (SLC) and back onto the national scene. In his 10-year stint at Lamar, McMakin won four SLC titles, made six consecutive NCAA Central Regional appearances and, in 2006, earned Lamar its first trip to the NCAA Championships in 20 years. In McMakin’s final six seasons at Lamar, the Cardinals had three players earn All-America honors, three golfers capture SLC individual medalist honors, 21 All-Conference performers, an SLC Newcomer of the Year, three SLC Freshman of the Year winners and the conference’s only four-time Player of the Year.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, McMakin was named the Eaton/Golf Pride South Central Region Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading his squad to the NCAA Championships and a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Central Regional. The Cardinals captured their 20th Southland Conference championship and placed all five players on the all-conference team. McMakin was tabbed as the SLC Coach of the Year five times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006) in his 10-year run at Lamar.
Prior to accepting the head coaching job at Lamar, McMakin spent four years as a professional golfer, competing on several mini tours as well as playing on the Nike and Hooters Tours.
Originally signing with Lamar out of high school, McMakin transferred to Oklahoma when former LU coach Greg Grost accepted the Oklahoma men’s golf job. It proved to be a wise move for McMakin as he would help the Sooners win a national championship during the 1989 season. McMakin, a co-captain of that squad, served in the same capacity the following year as Oklahoma finished fifth at the NCAA Championships.
McMakin was also a standout golfer on the Kelly High School golf team. He was a regular in the TCIL state tournament and earned medalist honors four times. While at Kelly, McMakin played for former Lamar coach Charles Rodemacher.
McMakin earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oklahoma in 1991. He and his wife, Tonia, have one son, Matthew.
Brad McMakin Year-by-Year Results
|Year||Victories||SEC Finish||Season Finish|
|2007-08||1||12th||NCAA Regional (T-19th)|
|2008-09||2||2nd||NCAA Regional (2nd)
NCAA Championship (2nd)
|2009-10||1||4th||NCAA Regional (8th)|
|2010-11||4||6th||NCAA Regional (5th)
NCAA Championship (15th)
|2011-12||7||5th||NCAA Regional (6th)|
|2012-13||2||6th||NCAA Regional (2nd)
NCAA Championship (10th)
|2013-14||2||T-6th||NCAA Regional (2nd)
NCAA Championship (T-18th)
|2014-15||1||6th||NCAA Regional (11th)|
|2015-16||1||T-3rd||NCAA Regional (T-2nd)
NCAA Championship (12th)
|2016-17||2||12th||NCAA Regional (8th)|
|2017-18||2||T-4th||NCAA Regional (T-4th)
NCAA Championship (12th)
|2018-19||2||CHAMPION||NCAA Regional (6th)|
Season canceled (3/12/20) due to CO-VID 19
Championship canceled due to CO-VID 19
Postseason canceled due to CO-VID 19