Jerry Weeks Announces Retirement Following Spring Season
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss men’s golf coach Jerry Weeks has announced Monday afternoon that he will be retiring at the end of the spring season.
Weeks, who is guiding the program for his 12th season, helped the Southern Miss program reach heights that have never been attained by the Golden Eagles, including three top three finishes at the Conference USA Championships during his tenure.
Last season, Southern Miss collected a top four finish in the C-USA Championship and, after beating Middle Tennessee in a playoff for that fourth spot, advanced to match play for the first time in the school’s history which determines a league team champion.
“We thank Jerry for his outstanding service to the University for the last 12 years and we look forward to him leading the program this spring,” said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert. “Jerry has been a tremendous mentor to our young golfers over the last decade.”
Weeks owns four of the school scoring records. His 2013 team posted the lowest 18 hole score of 273 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, while his team have compiled low scores for 18 holes (Derek Plucienski -- 63 at the 2010 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 his tenure leading the men’s golf program, the Golden Eagles tallied 37 top five team finishes, including three team championships and 12 second-place showings. Individual Golden Eagles won six tournament titles and the squad picked up 28 top five finishes from players during his tenure.
Southern Miss had three players honored as All-Conference USA selections, while four were named to the C-USA All-Tournament teams. Three Golden Eagles also garnered league All-Academic team awards.
In addition, the Golden Eagles had two players reach the NCAA Tournament, including Paul Apyan in 2010 and Plucienski in 2011.
Apyan participated in the 2010 NCAA Southwest Regionals, while 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.
Plucienski played in the 2011 NCAA Colorado Regional and was also named a C-USA All-Conference selection and a C-USA Player of the Week (Sept. 2010).
Weeks’ players have also had success in the classroom, which was demonstrated with a perfect APR rating of 1.000 for four straight years (2011-2015). The program has also posted nine All-American Scholars and just recently posted their best-ever team grade point average of 3.4 during the 2016-17 academic year. The Golden Eagles also garnered their first Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic team.
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, and a grandson named Parker.