Chris McCalmont is a former LPGA Tour Caddie and student-athlete development employee at such prestigious high performance sports academies as Hank Haney's International Junior Golf Academy, Sean Foley's Core Golf Academy, and the Club Med Golf & Tennis Academies. He also earned his master's in sport psychology in 2010 from Georgia Southern University, where he worked on the mental game with is Division-I men's golf team.
McCalmont brings a unique perspective, having caddied on the LPGA and Futures Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA, from 2002-2006, for some of the game's best players right out of college, experiencing pressure first-hand while also helping manage his player's way around the course.
As a professional tour caddie, McCalmont helped players with decision making, including gauging conditions, club selection, and green reading. He was responsible for the development of yardage books and for surveying the course before each event began, which helped him assist his player in creating a game plan before each round. In addition he supported his players in their pre- and post-round preparation, as well as was responsible for keeping detailed statistical data for players, supporting his players emotionally and mentally, on and off the course, and assisted with mapping out a playing schedule and travel plans.
McCalmont's efforts as a caddie led to Virada Nirapathpongporn – the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, Duke University's only four-time All-American, the 2001 NCAA Individual Champion, and the 2004 Nancy Lopez Award winner, given to the top amateur golfer in the world – earning her first two professional wins in 2005 on the Futures Tour (shooting 12 -under 204 and 2-under 142) and finishing second on the money list, which qualified her for the LPGA Tour. During Nirapathpongporn's rookie year in 2006, she had her best-career season, finishing 72nd on the LPGA Tour money list, with her best finish a T-5 at the Corning Classic, which was also a career best. McCalmont also helped Nirapathpongporn's Duke teammate, Candy Hannemann, the 2000 NCAA Individual Champion and winner of the Honda Award as the National Player of the Year for women's golf, earn her first two professional wins, also on the Futures Tour (shooting 13-under 203 and 9-under 207), leading to a third-place finish on the money list and her LPGA Tour card. Additionally, McCalmont caddied in three US Opens, a British Open (at Royal Lytham & St Annes, where Ernie Els just won), LPGA Championship and Kraft Nabisco Championship, helping Wendy Doolan finish T-10 in 2005.
While working as the mental trainer for the Georgia Southern men's golf team from 2007-2009, McCalmont worked with the Southern Conference's Freshman and Player of The Year, and the team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Southeast Regional.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a college golf coach at such a nationally successful program as University of the Cumberlands," McCalmont says. "I believe my experience as a professional tour caddie and mental trainer will help Coach Kraftick continue the winning tradition he has established, as well as take the program to the next level, which is competing for a NAIA National Championship."
|Hugo Alvarez Asorey||JR||Oviedo, Spain|
|Stuart Balcombe||SO||Clevedon, United Kingdom|
|Cameron Branham||FR||Glasgow, KY|
|Lucas Domeij||FR||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Vince Drahman||SO||Noblesville, IN|
|Patrick Goodhue||JR||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||Iowa Western Community College|
|Isac Lambertsson||FR||Njutanger, Sweden|
|Stephen Marbach||JR||Naperville, IL|
|Tyler Morgan||SO||Annville, KY|
|Frederick Ndhlovu||FR||Zambia||Western Kentucky University|
|Niclas Rigbrandt||SR||Nykoping, Sweden|
|Alastair Tidcombe||JR||Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Eli Towery||JR||Mayfield, KY|
|Matt Walton||SR||Lancashire, United Kingdom|