Hired on July 1, 2008, Jay Goble brings years of experience as both a student-athlete and golf coach. Goble joined Florida’s staff after serving as an instructor at the David Ledbetter Golf Academy at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. since 2004.
The 2009-10 UF women’s golf team claimed five top-five finishes and only finished outside of the top-10 in two of its 12 tournaments, thanks in part to the coaching of Goble. The Gators claimed the team title at the Central District Invitational, marking their first tournament win in over a year. UF had gone 16 tournaments without a first place win. In his second season at Florida, UF posted a team stroke average of 75.7 in 2009-10. Goble’s experience and success with young golfers was apparent as the squad’s top-three finishers in stroke average were two freshmen and a sophomore.
In his first year at Florida, Goble was instrumental in the development of a youthful Florida women’s golf team. His years spent at the David Ledbetter Golf Academy have proven to be a valuable asset to the program at Florida, as five current UF women’s golfers attended the Academy. He mentored All-American and All-SEC selection Jessica Yadloczky and All-SEC Freshman Team member Evan Jensen.
Goble also serves as the Junior Golf Academy Director for the University of Florida women’s golf program. His experience and connections are exactly what the program needs to make the junior golf academies among the best in the nation.
Prior to his position with Ledbetter, Goble served as Golf Professional at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples, Florida and The Preserve Golf Club in Bradenton, teaching golf lessons to players of all skill levels. Goble was also the junior camps coordinator for Coastal Carolina University from 1997-1998.
Goble was a four-year scholarship player at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1996 to 2000. During his time at UNCC, he participated in 20 collegiate events. Upon graduation, Goble played on numerous professional tours in the Southeast United States and has played in qualifiers for the U.S. Open and other nation-wide tours since 1997. In 2003, Goble claimed a 72-stroke scoring average in the Southwest Florida chapter of the PGA.Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Goble is married to the former Jamie Lowe (BS ’00).