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Mark Anderson was hired in August 2008 and enters his eighth year as head coach of the women’s golf program at Penn in 2015-16. In seven years as Penn's head coach, he has a record of 440-241-7 and has led the Quakers to seven of its eight all-time tournament titles. In addition, seven times during his career a Penn woman has won medalist honors at a tournament; prior to his arrival, that had happened just once in program history.
A Teaching Professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club since 2008, Anderson was listed 14th on the list of the top golf instructors in the state of Pennsylvania in the October 2015 issue of Golf Digest.
Penn's only Ivy League Championships title occurred under Anderson. That happened in April 2010, when the Quakers stunned the field to win by a whopping 22 strokes. Freshman Isabel Han finished second overall in the 35-player field, while sophomore Tiffany Cheung was third and senior Lisette Vitter placed sixth. All three players earned All-Ivy for their finishes. Penn's win at Ivies earned them a trip to the NCAA West Regional that May.
Prior to the 2010 Ivy Championships team title, Penn had never finished better than third at that event since beginning varsity competition in 2000, and the Quakers had finished fifth each of the last three years.
Penn also won the ECAC Championships team title in October 2009, besting a 10-team field at that fall event. As further evidence of Anderson's outstanding leadership, Penn went 40-64-1 in head-to-head competition with its Division I opponents in 2008-09 -- Anderson's first year -- but improved that to a staggering 79-14 prior to the NCAA West Regional in 2009-10.
Penn enjoyed another historic campaign in 2010-11, going 94-15-2 against outside competition. The Quakers also took three team titles -- Richmond's Spider Invitational in the fall, the OMNI Financial Intercollegiate during spring break, and Columbia's Roar-ee Invitational in April -- before finishing fourth at the Ivy League Championships. (to give a sense of how tight that tournament was, the Quakers finished just nine strokes behind champion Yale.) Individually, Han had two medalist finishes during the year, and shot a school-record 69 at Yale. At the end of the year, freshmen Michelle Lee and Rui Li earned All-Ivy honors by finishing tied for fifth and eighth, respectively, at the Ivy Championships.
The 2011-12 season was another successful one for the Penn women. Despite missing two regulars in the lineup, the Quakers took second place at the Ivy League Championships; in the fall, they were team champions at the Harvard Invitational, whose field included the seven Ivy institutions. Han earned her second first-team All-Ivy honor, placing second individually at the Ivy Championships, while freshman Amanda Chin received second-team All-Ivy recognition with her sixth-place finish.
In 2012-13, Penn took the team title at the Sacred Heart Invitational to wrap up the fall season, and Olivia Chang shared medalist honors at the ECAC Championships in the fall. At the end of the spring, Chin earned her second-straight All-Ivy certificate at the Ivy League Championships.
The 2013-14 team was one of Penn's youngest ever, as Anderson regularly inserted four freshmen into the five-person lineup. Despite that, the Quakers went 55-18-1 overall, won the 16-team Hoya Invitational, and took second at three other events. Freshman Sophia Chen was individual medalist at the Delaware Invitational in the fall, and in the spring classmate Erin Lo earned second-team All-Ivy after tying for seventh place at the Ivy League Championships.
The 2014-15 season saw Penn collect two more individual tournament championships, as Isabella Rahm won Navy's Chesapeake Bay Invitational and Chin took first at the Delaware Invitational. Penn took second in both of those tournaments, went 70-25-1 overall, and Chen earned first-team All-Ivy recognition with a third-place finish at the Ivy League Championships.
Anderson is certainly familiar with the home course of the Penn golf teams, the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa.; he has been a teaching professional there since April 2008, where he is responsible for providing lessons to members. He also conducts junior clinics and junior camps, and provides short-game and full-swing clinics for members. At the Cricket Club, Anderson created a Video Putting Analysis program designed to improve the golfer’s putting stroke, mental approach, confidence and feel, and a Video Short-Game Analysis program covering all areas of the short game.
Prior to his arrival at the Cricket Club, Anderson worked as the Director of Golf and Amenities at Talamore at Oak Terrace in Ambler, Pa. In that position, he was responsible for all areas of the golf operation, and gave more than 200 lessons a year to members and guests.
From 1998 to 2006, Anderson served as head golf professional at Heidelberg Country Club in Bernville, Pa., which hosted the 1998 and 1999 Philadelphia Section PGA Championships. Anderson also created the Berks County Invitational in 2002, a 36-hole event that is open to all Berks County golf professionals and the top 50 amateurs from the Berks County point list. Prior to his arrival at Heidelberg, Anderson was head golf professional and golf school coordinator at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pa.
Anderson began his college playing career at Florida Southern College, playing and practicing with the team for two years. Although he never broke through and made the traveling team, he learned a great deal from the players that won back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships in 1985 and 1986. He then transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he played for three years and helped IUP to a berth in the NCAA Division II Championships as a senior. Anderson graduated from IUP in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
A Certified PGA Professional in golf instruction and golf operations, Anderson has held a number of positions with the Philadelphia Section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) -- in fact, he was that organization’s President in 2009-10. He is also chair of both its Hall of Fame and membership committees. Anderson has also served as Vice President of the Berks County Golf Association and spent several years as captain of the professional team at the Berks County Pro-Am Challenge. In 2007, Anderson won the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his work with the Philadelphia PGA Mentoring program, which helps apprentice professionals and assists them in becoming members of the PGA. In January 2009, he was honored with the Philadelphia Section PGA's Horton Smith Award, which is given in recognition of continuing contributions to professional education. Most recently, he was honored as the PGA Philadelphia Section's 2012 Teacher of the Year.
In January 2013, Anderson was awarded TrackMan University Master status. At the time of his awarding, he was one of just 22 professionals worldwide (11 within the United States) to achieve that status. Click here to learn more about TrackMan!