College Chat

Join us for College Chat Q & A session on Sunday, June 10 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. All tournament players and their families are invited to sit back and relax on the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course lawn and hear golf tips from the pros, their college golf experience and recruiting, as well as answer audience questions before the popular Golf Ball Drop at 7 p.m. For a full schedule of tournament events, please visit our tournament event schedule page.

McKenzie Ralston Fleming

McKenzieMcKenzie grew up in Temple, TX where she began playing golf at the age of four. She competed in the Starburst Jr. Golf Classic. After competing throughout her time at Temple High School, she went on to obtain a full scholarship to the University of North Texas. After two and a half years she decided to transfer to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. This is where she really achieved the highlights of her career. During her first year at UMHB, the team went on to win the second place spot in the NCAA DIII National Tournament.

Fleming closed out her collegiate career at Mary Hardin Baylor by becoming the first NCAA Division III Individual National Champion in school history. Fleming fired a four-day total of 301 to post a four-stroke victory at the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship, which matched the school record for the lowest 72-hole total. McKenzie was also named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Associations’ All-American and All-West Region Teams. Fleming also won her second consecutive ASC individual title, which helped her take the ASC Women’s Golfer of the Year honors for the second straight year.

During this impressive run, McKenzie set a new UMHB single-season record with six individual championships during the season and she also set a new school record stroke average. Fleming broke or tied 19 individual school records during her two-year playing career for the Cru.  Concluding her collegiate career, McKenzie was voted the 2014-2015 American Southwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year. This award is special in that it recognizes student-athletes whose athletic accomplishments best contributed to their sport, their institutions overall athletic program, and to the conference.

Following McKenzie’s collegiate career she immediately turned professional. She qualified for Stage I of the LPGA tour school and went on to receive her Symetra tour status. After much time and deliberation, McKenzie has decided to pursue her career as a Teaching Professional. Her knowledge of the game and experience playing has allowed for growth in her love and passion of teaching others. McKenzie’s main goals are to help others reach their own personal goals by teaching simple movements that are individualized to each player, and to allow others to experience the enjoyment of a game that lasts a lifetime.

Vince Clark

ClarkVince Clark graduated from Baylor University with his Master of Arts in History in 1991. After teaching History at Baylor for one year he entered the University of Virginia to pursue his PhD in History. In the meantime, Clark went to work in the History Department at McLennan Community College in 1995. He was named an assistant golf coach in 2000, and became the head golf coach in 2007.

As of 2016, however, he has taught nearly 11,000 McLennan County Community (MCC) college students and his golf teams have won three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships. In nine seasons as head coach, Vince Clark coached 15 All Americans and eight NJCAA Academic Award winners. He was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year three times, and the GCAA Coach of the Year once. He serves as an officer of the NJCAA Coaches Association, and also sits on several committees for the Golf Coaches Association of America, including Hall of Fame Selection, All-American Selection, Palmer Cup Team Selection and Nicklaus Award and Team Selection. In 2015, Vince Clark was among the initial inductees in the MCC Foundation’s Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the NJCAA Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.

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