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Kolton Lapa Named USC Men’s Golf Assistant Coach

Kolton Lapa Named USC Men's Golf Assistant Coach

Men’s Golf | July 03, 2024

LOS ANGELES–Kolton Lapa, who most recently served as associate head coach at Mississippi State, has been named USC’s new assistant men’s golf coach, head coach Mark Hankins announced today (July 3). 
“We are truly excited to add Kolton to our program,” said Hankins. “He brings successful experience in collegiate coaching as well as playing at the highest level.  Kolton’s tireless work ethic and recruiting skills are assets that make him a tremendous addition at USC, and we can’t wait to get him started.”
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Lapa. “Coach Hankins has done a fantastic job with every program he has worked with, and I’m excited to learn from him and work with him. I can’t wait to meet the team and coach for such a historic program. I’m looking forward to helping bring USC back to competing for championships once again.” 
Lapa coached at Mississippi State for the 2022-23 season. He coached the Bulldogs to set school records for rounds in the 60s (43) and par or better rounds (119), surpassing the previous totals by wide margins. He helped lead Mississippi State to three tournament titles in 2022-23 and took MSU back to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008, winning the first NCAA Regional Championship in program history along the way. The Bulldogs finished in second place at the 2023 Blessings Intercollegiate, and they qualified and competed in match play at the 2023 SEC Championship. He coached the team to two regular season tournament victories in 2023: the Daniel Island Intercollegiate and the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. Lapa also helped to lead the program to a season-high Golfweek ranking of No. 10 in 2023. He coached Garrett Endicott to earn placement as a 2023 All-American Honorable Mention. 
Prior to coaching in Starkville, Lapa was a member of the PGA Tour Canada for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. He also served as a caddy on the PGA Tour Canada and Tour. He won the Westminster Open on the SwingThought Tour in 2021 and played in two Korn Ferry Tour events.
Lapa was the associate head coach for the women’s golf team at Nebraska from 2018 through 2019. He helped the Huskers to a school-record team stroke average (298.96) in 2018-19 and three top-five finishes including Nebraska’s first team…


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