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Former PGA Tour veteran Scott Simpson named University of Hawaii men’s golf coach

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                                Scott Simpson hits out of a bunker on the ninth green during the final round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic golf tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2014

    Scott Simpson hits out of a bunker on the ninth green during the final round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic golf tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

Scott Simpson, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour including the 1987 U.S. Open, was announced today as the University of Hawaii’s new men’s head golf coach.

“I’d like to thank (UH athletic director) David Matlin for giving me the opportunity to lead this program,” Simpson said in a release from UH.

He was an assistant coach for the UH women’s team the past two seasons.

“My goal is to help our men golfers learn, improve and grow in the classroom and on the course. We will work, prepare and compete hard while having a lot of fun,” Simpson added.

Said Matlin: “With more than 40 years of professional golf experience, we couldn’t ask for more while searching for a new coach.”

In his playing career, Simpson also had 15 runner-up finishes on tour and nine Top 10s in major tournaments. His professional wins also include three times on the Japan Tour and four Hawai‘i State Opens, including back-to-back in 1993 and ’94.

Simpson, 65, joined the PGA Champions Tour in 2005 and won the 2006 Walmart First Tee Open.

Originally from San Diego, Simpson moved to Hawaii full-time in 2014.

He replaces Ronn Miyashiro. UH announced June 1 that Miyashiro’s contract would not be renewed.

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