Hunter Atkins (West Point, Miss.) and Brian Richards (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) joins the team’s roster for the 2017-18 Golden Eagle season.
Matt Codd (Red Deer, Alberta) tallied his low round of 71 to earn a tie for third in the tournament
The Golden Eagles play the final round Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.
During his 10 years at the helm, Southern Miss has reached heights that have never been attained by the Golden Eagles, including three top three finishes at the Conference USA Championships. The Golden Eagles have also posted four school marks. His 2013 team posted the lowest 18 hole score of 273 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, while his pupils have compiled low scores for 18 holes (Derek Plucienski -- 63 at the 2019 Sam Hall Intercollegiate), 36 holes (Plucienski -- 133 at the 2010 UTA/Waterchase Intercollegiate) and 54 holes (Casey Fernandez -- 199 at the 2014 Sam Hall Intercollegiate).
In Weeks' first season, the Golden Eagles had four top six finishes. Joel Myrick captured the 2006 Adams Cup individual title played at Newport National Golf Club in Newport, R.I. The 2006-07 season was capped off with a third place finish at the Conference USA Championship held at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Ark.
In his second season, the Golden Eagles rode the momentum gained by their previous season's success to tally seven top six finishes, with four runner-ups. They concluded the season with another runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championships, their highest finish ever in the C-USA Championships. In addition, the Golden Eagles narrowly missed receiving their first-ever bid to the NCAA Regional Championship.
During the 2009-10 season, the Golden Eagles produced four top five finishes. They closed the year with another runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championships. Weeks also coached his first NCAA Qualifier, as senior Paul Apyan participated in the 2010 NCAA Southwest Regionals. Apyan was also named an Academic All American, C-USA Player of the Week (March 2010), C-USA All-Academic Team, and C-USA All-Conference selection.
Success continued for the Golden Eagles during the 2010-11 season as the Golden Eagles posted four top five finishes. Junior Derek Plucienski became the second player under Weeks tutelage to claim a tournament title with a win at the UTA/Waterchase Intercollegiate. The season was highlighted with Plucienski being selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Colorado Regional. Plucienski was also named a C-USA All-Conference selection and a C-USA Player of the Week (Sept. 2010).
During the 2014-15 season, Weeks' team posted five top five finishes including a win at the 2015 Samford Intercollegiate. Individually, multiple Golden Eagles posted tournament victories with junior Hayes Weathersby (one win) and senior Casey Fernandez (three wins).
The Golden Eagles finished the 2014-15 season with a top five finish at the CUSA Championship. Senior Drew Kirby was named to the C-USA All-Academic team, C-USA All-Tournament Team and an Academic All-American.
In his tenure, Weeks has coached the Golden Eagle program to three tournament victories (2011 and 2013 Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, 2015 Samford Intercollegiate), six individual tournament victories, While having six C-USA Player of the Week honors, six Academic All-Americans, four C-USA All-Tournament Team selections, and three C-USA All-Conference selections under his tutelage. Weeks' players have also had success in the classroom, which is demonstrated with a perfect APR rating of 1.000 for four straight years (2011-2015).
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Weeks was the Director of Golf Operations at Hattiesburg Country Club for 25 years, where many future Hall of Famers have roamed the fairways. Players such as Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo, Paul Azinger, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Davis Love Ill challenged the tree lined course when the PGA Tour's Magnolia Classic was played there. Weeks had a major role in coordinating and directing the large staff that was necessary to host the numerous PGA and USGA events that were held there.
Weeks also has been recognized for his teaching. He was voted one of the top three teachers in the state numerous times by Golf Digest. He was also selected to submit one of the "Top Ten Golf Tips of All-Time" by Golf Magazine. Weeks has had the opportunity to work beside some of the best instructors in the nation, including Claude Harmon, the 1948 Master's Champion and father of Butch Harmon, currently one of the top instructors in the country.
Weeks is a two-time winner of the prestigious Horton Smith Award in the Gulf States PGA Section. He was also "Merchandiser of the Year" for private facilities four times. In 1991, he received the Professional of the Year in Merchandising in the Southwest Region presented by Golf Industry Magazine.
In addition, Weeks is a five-time participant in the PGA Tour's Magnolia Classic, and he also played in the 1989 Club Professional Championship held in Pinehurst, N.C. He was also a member of the Mississippi Club Team 10 times, and is a 25-year member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.
Weeks received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Alabama. He is married to the former Jackie Hitson. They have two children, son John and daughter Rachel.
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