2014 SEC Coach of the Year Four NCAA Championship appearances with the program’s best showing Six consecutive NCAA Regional appearances with the program’s best showing Three runner-up finishes and five top five finishes at the SEC Championships Five NCAA Public Recognition Awards (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014) for teams in the top-10 percent for APR 14 selections to the NGCA All-Scholar-Team 16 All-SEC Selections Seven SEC Community Service honorees Hundreds of hours in community service activities
Shauna Estes-Taylor always knew she wanted to be a women’s golf coach. From her playing days as a prepster working with Mike Adams who would go on to become her assistant at Arkansas, through her experiences as one of the best collegiate golfers in the country at the University of Georgia, Estes-Taylor has been preparing for her time in the first chair.
“Arkansas is a special place and I’m excited to lead this program to even greater heights,” Estes-Taylor said when hired after five seasons as a Razorback assistant. “This team, community and University are very dear to my heart and I feel fortunate to be a part of this program.” Those are sentiments she echos in her ninth season in 2015-16.
“Every day I come to work knowing we have a group of young women who want to work hard and be better at everything they do on and off the golf course,” she said. “My husband, Adam, and I feel blessed to be her and to raise our family in Northwest Arkansas.”
The fourth head coach in program history, Estes-Taylor wasted no time picking up the reigns from mentor, friend and former Bulldog Kelley Hester who returned to her alma mater after five seasons at Arkansas.
As a head coach for the Razorbacks, Estes-Taylor has coached five players to 13 All-American honors, 30 All-Southeastern Conference selections including the 2008 SEC Golfer of the Year (Stacy Lewis) and the 2011 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year (Emily Tubert) and guided the team to 10 tournament titles and 16 individual medalist honors.
Mike Adams Women's Assistant Coach
Mike Adams joined the University of Arkansas as the assistant women’s golf coach in August 2007. Since joining the Razorback program, Adams has assisted Arkansas to the top five finishes at the SEC Championship, nine consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and five NCAA Championship appearances. He became the second Razorback women’s golf assistant to earn NGCA Assistant Coach of the Year when he was honored in 2013. Current head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor who earned the award in her final season as a Razorback assistant in 2007.
Adams began his association with Estes-Taylor as her coach throughout her junior years, her collegiate career and while she was on tour as a professional player.
Prior to joining the Razorbacks, Adams worked five years at the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he was a senior instructor. While there, Adams worked with some of the best instructors in the country. In addition, he helped train some of the best junior golfers from all over the world and several of Adams’ former students are currently playing college golf and professional tours.
Before working at the golf academy Adams spent 19 years at the Woodlands Country Club in Columbia, S.C. He served the Woodlands as head golf professional, director of golf and for the final three and a half years as general manager. While at the Woodlands, Adams worked with several members of the University of South Carolina women’s golf team who used the Woodlands as their home course.
Adams is a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America, an organization he has been associated with for more than 30 years, and he is a member of the PGA’s Quarter Century Club. While in the Carolinas, Adams served on the Carolinas PGA Section Board of Directors and also served on the section’s rules and tournament committee. Adams graduated from Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland South Carolina, and received a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration from Newberry College in Newberry South Carolina in 1977.