GREENVILLE, S.C. – Former Furman men’s golf standout Matt Davidson has been promoted to head coach of the program, as announced Friday by Furman University Director of Athletics Mike Buddie.
“I am thrilled that Matt will be leading our program into the future,” said Buddie. “As a former standout student-athlete, professional golfer, and now a Hall of Famer, Matt is a perfect fit for Furman golf.”
“I am truly honored to be the new Furman men’s golf head coach,” said Davidson. “I feel lucky to have been able to spend my playing career learning from so many great coaches, and to now have the chance to lead an amazing group of student-athletes at my alma mater is an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”
Davidson, a native of West Windsor, New Jersey, was named assistant coach of the Paladin program earlier this year. Prior to his time coaching at Furman, he spent 13 years playing professionally, splitting time between the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour. He played in 147 events on the Web.com Tour and made 90 cuts, notched 16 top-10 finishes, and finished among the top three on four occasions during his professional career. His best Web.com Tour finish came in 2015, when he tied for second at the HSBC Brazil Championship. The 2008 and 2009 EGolf Tour championship winner, he posted a career-best 14th-place finish at the 2005 Greater Milwaukee Open on the PGA Tour.
The 2002 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Davidson was a member of the Paladin golf team from 2000-04. He won individual medalist honors at the 2004 SoCon Championship and was chosen the 2004 Furman Male Athlete of the Year following a stellar senior campaign that saw him post a 72.24 stroke average over 38 rounds, the fourth-best season stroke average in program history.
A member of the Furman Athletics’ 2018 Hall of Fame class, Davidson ranks third behind only Brad Faxon and Daniel Bowden on Furman’s career stroke average list, recording a 73.46 over 138 rounds. A two-time All-SoCon first-team selection, he was twice honored as a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar team.
Davidson, who has lived in the Greenville area for the past seven years, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman in 2004. His wife, Natalie The of Lake Worth, Florida, graduated from Furman in 2003 and was a member of the Paladin women’s tennis team. She is a professor in the Furman health sciences department. The couple has two sons, Wesley (3) and Graham (10 months).