Meet our Pro: Michael Wydra
In his 32 seasons as head coach of the UC San Diego men's golf team, Mike Wydra has built a program that has achieved tremendous success and national acclaim at both the NCAA Division II and III levels. His teams have qualified for the NCAA Championships a total of 21 times since he began coaching the Tritons in 1980, and in 1993, he led the Tritons to the D-III national title on their home course at nearby Torrey Pines.
Mike, a graduate of UCSD and former standout on the golf team, is well known in San Diego golf circles for his playing, teaching and coaching credentials. As a collegiate player, he carded the low round (68) at the NAIA National Championships in 1973 and posted a second-place finish at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championship at Torrey Pines in 1975.
Mike has an impressive resume as an amateur player as well, contributing to a team victory at the 1971 Junior America Cup in Mexico City. In 1975, he became the youngest player ever to capture the Torrey Pines Club Championship and he was the highest-finishing amateur at the San Diego County Open in 1977. He also reached the quarterfinals at the California State Amateur Championships at Pebble Beach in 1977 and 1978.
Mike's professional career was highlighted by an individual championship at the 1980 San Diego County Open. He also captured five Golden State mini-tour titles and advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open Championships a total of three times. In 1981, he attempted to qualify for the PGA Tour, finishing eighth at the Western Regional and missing his tour card by five strokes.