Alumnus Jay Lester takes over Hendrix golf program
Former Hendrix College golf standout Jay Lester has returned to his alma mater to take over the men’s and women’s golf programs on a fulltime basis.
Lester was an All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and NAIA All-District 17 selection for the Warriors in 1982. As an amateur, he was ranked in the top ten in Arkansas from 1989-98. Lester has notched five ASGA wins and eight runner-up finishes during his career. Lester has won the City of Little Rock championship twice and the Hindman Golf Course Club championships nine times, as well as a Camden Country Club title.
During his career, Lester has registered 10 hole-in-ones and five double eagles. He is renowned for his short game abilities in both chipping and putting.
“I am very pleased to be able to hand the program over to the more than capable hands of coach Jay Lester,” said Assistant Athletic director and previous head golf coach Thad McCracken, who is the head men’s basketball coach. “The college has made a great decision to hire someone to coach the golf teams on a fulltime basis; and then to be able to have that person be an outstanding alum and accomplished amateur golfer is incredible.”
A native of Camden, Lester graduated from Hendrix with a B.A. in Economics in Business in 1982.
He and his wife Sandie have two sons, Ben and Jack, and reside in Maumelle.
UCA’s Cassar earns SLC honor
University of Central Arkansas redshirt freshman Brooke Cassar won her second Southland Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week in the first three weeks of the season on Tuesday.
Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, won her second event in as many attempts last Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational. She recorded a time of 17:08.35 in the 5K race, breaking her own school record set just two weeks ago.
Cassar, along with teammate and third-place finisher Erika Setzler, helped the Sugar Bears to a fifth-place finish overall out of 21 NCAA Division I teams.