Laura Myerscough joined the Wildcat coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach on Jan. 3, 2008 and will start her second full season on the Arizona staff.
Myerscough, who played for the Wildcats from 1998-2003, spent the previous five seasons playing professionally on the LPGA Tour, Futures Tour and the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour. Her best season was 2004 in which she finished 147th on the LPGA Tour money list. Myerscough ranked eighth on the 2003 Futures Tour with a 72.1 stroke average with three top-10 finishes.
"I can't think of a better place to start my coaching career than at the University of Arizona," said Myerscough. "I am excited about the opportunity to work with Shelly and a very talented group of student-athletes."
Myerscough, 27, was a part of one national championship (2000) and three Pac-10 Championship (2000, 2001, 2002) teams during her five seasons as a Wildcat. In 33 career collegiate appearances, Myerscough posted a 75.92 stroke average to go with eight top-10 and four top-20 finishes.
She was a National Golf Coaches Association honorable mention All-American and a second-team all-Pac-10 selection in 2002. Myerscough earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 accolades in 2001 and 2003 as well. She was the UA team captain as a senior in 2002-03.
Originally from Charleston, Ill., Myerscough was the runner-up at the 2000 United States Women's Amateur Championship. She also played in the 2001, 2002 and 2004 U.S. Women's Opens, the 2002 Curtis Cup and represented the United States at the 2000 and 2002 World Amateur Championship. For three seasons (2000-03), Myerscough was ranked in the top 10 in Golfweek magazine's amateur rankings.
"Laura is a great addition to our staff," said Haywood. "She's had an outstanding playing career as both an amateur and a professional and I believe she will be an excellent coach."
Myerscough earned her degree in physical education from Arizona in December 2007.