Debby King
Debby King

Head Coach

6th season

Debby King, who is in her sixth season as the Lady Tiger's head coach, has quickly established herself as one of the top young coaches in the game. Over the past five seasons, King's golf teams have won five tournament championships and participated for four consecutive years in the NCAA Regional Championships. King, who was named the 1996 PGA West Tennessee Teacher of the Year and the 1997 LPGA Coach of the Year, has built a consistent program that challenges for NCAA honors each season. King, who came to Memphis in the fall of 1995, led the Lady Tigers to the team championship of the Memphis Women's Intercollegiate Invitational, her first tournament as a head coach. The success of the first tournament has continued. The Lady Tigers have five tournaments championships since King's arrival and in 1999 again received a team bid to the NCAA East Regional. A former college player and tour professional, King has long been recognized as one of the finest teaching professionals in the Memphis and Mid-South area. She worked for three years as the teaching professional at Windyke Country Club in Memphis and has worked with such outstanding players as Women's Tennessee Golf Association champion Katie Gallina, a former standout golfer at Auburn University. King is an LPGA Class A member, a PGA Class A member and is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association. During her tenure at Windyke Country Club, King organized ladies clinics, junior golf clinics and administered private lessons to the membership. A native of Slidell, Louisiana, King attended Catonsville Community College in Maryland to pursue a career in Commercial Art and Advertising. She received her A.A. degree in 1980 and enrolled in Florida Atlantic University to continue her degree work in Commercial Art and to play college golf. After graduating from Florida Atlantic, King became an assistant golf professional at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. For two years she practiced her skills and in 1985 attended the LPGA Qualifying School. Over the next five years, she played the Asian Tour, the Futures Golf Tour and worked as a teaching professional. In December of 1990, King took a position with Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and remained there as a golf teacher for two years. Continuing to enhance her teaching skills, King moved to Marion, Massachusetts, in 1991 to become an instructor at The Kittansett Club and remained there until she accepted a position at Windyke Country Club in Memphis. In addition to being a member of the LPGA Teaching Division - Class A, King attended the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in 1994. As a player, King won the 1991 Massachusetts Women's Open Championship and in 1992, played the Asian Tour. She won the 1993 West Tennessee PGA Assistants Championship and in 1994 tied for third in the LPGA National Teaching Championship. In 1995 she won the Tour America Championship held at Big Creek Golf Club with a score of 67. In 1994 King tied for third in the LPGA National Teaching Championship and in 1995 she won the Tour America Championship held at Big Creek Golf Club with a score of 67.

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