Posted: Sep 23, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Fifth-year Cal Poly women's golf head coach Sofie Aagaard has been selected as the LPGA's Western Section Coach of the Year for 2019.
Each year, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership selects the recipients of annual Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards for six sections — Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International. Winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.
The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners in October.
"I'm surprised and greatly honored to be acknowledged by fellow LPGA instructors and coaches with this award," said Aagaard. "The LPGA Teachers and Club Pro division is a wonderful organization providing opportunities for instructors to gain certifications and ongoing education.
"The education I have pursued as a golf instructor through the LPGA has greatly benefitted me as a coach for my team," Aagaard added. "With this background and education, I feel well equipped to support and develop the technical golf skills of my players."
Last week, Aagaard was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the International squad in the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup.
Named head coach at Cal Poly in July 2015, Aagaard guided the squad to a second-place finish in the 2016 Big West Conference Championship in her first season and was named Big West Coach of the Year by her peers.
Steady improvement the next season produced four tournament wins, including Cal Poly's first Big West team championship in women's golf and an appearance in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. Aagaard was honored as conference coach of the year for the second straight season.
Aagaard also was an assistant coach at California for three seasons prior to becoming head coach at Cal Poly.
"I love my job as I every day get to coach, instruct, and support highly talented and motivated student-athletes through their years as college golfers and beyond," said Aagaard. "I am fortunate and proud to have a great team with wonderful individuals that strive to live the Mustang Way every day.
"There are so many talented instructors and coaches, so be recognized for the hard work I put into something I am very passionate about and get to do every day is truly special," Aagaard added.