|Position:||The Carolyn A. Pelzel 1954a Head Coach of Women's Golf|
|Carolyn A. Pelzel 1954a
Head Coach of Women's Golf
|A gift from 1978 Dartmouth graduate Richard Kimball and his wife, Kathy, endowed the college's head women's golf coaching position in honor of Carolyn A. Pelzel, a former Dartmouth administrator.
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Alex Kirk enters his sixth season as the head women's golf coach at Dartmouth in 2017-18. The head golf pro at the Hanover Country Club was appointed the Carolyn A. Pelzel '54a Head Coach of Women's Golf in July of 2012.
Last year was one of the most successful for the team over the past two decades. Five times the Big Green finished among the top five teams in a tournament, topping out at third in both the Dartmouth Invitational and the Navy Spring Invitational. At the Princeton Invitational, the Green bested four other Ivies — the host school, Brown, Harvard and Penn. An opening round of 290 was one of the lowest in program history and led the Yale Invitational before the Big Green finished fifth. Dartmouth wrapped up the year by tying for fifth at the Ivy League Championship with sophomore Catharine Roddy tying for third to become the first Big Green golfer to earn first-team all-conference honors in 17 years.
Dartmouth won a pair of tournaments in 2015-16, first with the home event in the fall with a two-round total of 22-over par, then besting host Wagner in the spring by a single stroke. Freshman Julia Calbi also made a stunning fall debut with three top-five finishes in four tournaments before ending the season with the lowest stroke average at 78.44.
In 2014-15, the Big Green had a pair of third-place finishes at the Dartmouth Invitational and the Chesapeake Bay Invitational. The team defeated Brown in an Ivy League match prior to the championship, and senior Jane Lee finished with the best individual average score on the team (79.26) with freshman Isabelle Kane right behind her at (79.33).
In his third season at the helm, Kirk's team finished sixth at the Ivy League Championship and placed third at the Harvard Invitational in October. Senior Sarah Knapp finished 15th at the Ivy League Championship.
In 2012-13, Dartmouth had a pair of top-four finishes and four top-ten team results. Two different players shared low individual medalist honors as Sarah Knapp won a pair of events and Janet Lee won at the Roar-ee Invitational. The best finish for the team was at the Wofford Invitational where they placed third out of 16 teams.
During his first year at the helm of the Big Green program, Kirk led Dartmouth to a seventh place finish at the Ivy League Championship.
A veteran of New England golf, Kirk has been a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) since 1999, and is the President of the New Hampshire PGA (NHPGA) after serving as the Vice President for three years. He is also currently the District Director on the New England PGA (NEPGA) Board of Directors and was a member of the PGA President's Council on Growing the Game from 2006-10.
As the head pro at HCC, Kirk has developed and coordinated clinics for all ages and levels, including Dartmouth physical education classes, with a focus on fundamentals, etiquette and networking through golf. He has established the Golf in School Program, which has grown from two local schools to 27 schools across the state. Kirk oversees the HCC Junior Golf Program as well and received the NHPGA Junior Golf Leader Award in both 2009 and 2010.
Prior to his arrival in Hanover, Kirk was an assistant pro for nearly two years at Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H., and the first head pro at Pistol Creek Golf Club for two years in Berlin, Conn. His career as a golf professional began in 1996 as an assistant pro at The Woodcrest Club in Syosset, N.Y., where he remained for five seasons before taking another assistant position for two years at Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside, N.Y.
Kirk graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., with a degree in business administration in 1991. He was a four-year letterman on the Bison soccer team, serving as team captain in his senior year, plus played rugby for four years. He went on to take part in the PGA of America's Golf Professional Training Program and has won various Pro-Am Tournaments throughout New Hampshire and New England.