It is unusual to have a coach with experience playing in multiple PGA majors, but that is exactly what Centenary College can claim in head golf coach Emlyn Aubrey, who is currently in his 11th season with the Ladies and Gents in 2019-20.
Aubrey took over the Ladies and Gents golf program in January 2009. With the golf program for almost a decade, Centenary has amassed 15 all-conference selections, 22 Conference Golfers of the Week nods, two Louisiana Sports Writers Association honorees, and 69 Academic All-Conference honorees. In addition, Jamie Wright was named an All-American Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Following the 2017-18 season, Erin Rostro was honored with the WGCA Kim Moore Spirit Award for NCAA Division III. The award recognizes and honors a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, and a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.
Aubrey also mentored the most successful Ladies golfer in school history, Jessica Varner, from 2015-2018. In just three seasons, Varner twice grabbed Southern Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Golfer of the Year (2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons) and won the 2017 SCAC Individual Championship - becoming the first conference medalist since Hal Sutton in 1979 and 1980. Varner finished First Team All-Conference all three seasons and was named SCAC Women's Golfer of the Week eight times.
Professionally, Aubrey has experience on both the PGA and Nationwide (now the Web.com) tours. Between the two associations, he has participated in nearly 400 tournaments and has claimed Nationwide wins in both the 1993 NIKE Miami Valley Open and the 1998 NIKE Wichita Open. Aubrey golfed in seven PGA Tour majors, including the 1996 PGA Championship. He completed the tournament with his best major finish, tying for 24th.
Other tournament wins for Aubrey include the 1989 Philippine Open and the 1994 Indian Open. His best finish on the PGA Tour came at the 1995 Vancouver Open, finishing as runner-up by one stroke.
Having recently decided to reinstate his PGA of America status, Aubrey finished fourth at the 2015 Gulf States Professional Championships. The tournament was held at the Contraband Bayou in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 17-18. With the fourth-place finish, Aubrey qualified for the 49th PGA Professional National Championship in June 2016 at Turning Stone Golf Club in Pennsylvania.
Aubrey has coached three Hal Sutton Intercollegiate individual champions Zander Winston (2013), Gregory Berthelot (2011) and Nick Faitz (2010). Hank Strickler finished second at the Hal Sutton in 2014.
Prior to his professional experience, Aubrey was an SEC individual champion in 1984 and was also a part of the team championship in 1986 for LSU. He was also a two-time All-American and finished third at NCAA National Championships in 1986.