Jeanne Sutherland

SMU Women’s Golf Head Coach, PGA Professional

Mentor Spotlight Q&A with Jeanne:

Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love teaching. Teaching to me means relationships, sharing, learning and caring. I get the chance to show I care by helping others. I get to share what I’ve learned which also pushes me to continue to learn and grow.

Name someone who has had a significant impact on you as a mentor? Why and how did this person impact your life?
My college coach, Jeannette Marsh had a big impact on me. She lived life and still does. She cared about us, but at the same time was truthful and critical when we needed it. She took risks. She trusted us. She had fun. She modeled so many things that I wanted. She wasn’t like anyone else I knew and that was a good thing.

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership means a lot to me. It means that you’re willing to stand for something. That means you speak up, you state your case, you look for change instead of reacting to it and you care about anyone willing to follow. It gives you the ability to sway opinion in a positive way.

What is something about your expertise that took you years to learn?

Everything. How to most effectively teach the game, how to teach the swing, how to teach putting, how to communicate, how to lead, how to mentor, how to develop young people. I’m still learning.

What do you know now about living a fulfilled life that you didn’t know when you were in your twenties?
Oh, I don’t think that’s changed much. I had a lot of fun in my twenties and I still do. I’d have learned to protect my body better if I could change anything. I’m still learning how big of a role nutrition plays in that.

What do you feel is the most helpful thing your parents did for you that you cherish today?

They trusted me.

What do you do for yourself and how do you stay centered?

I write. I love my dog. I stay as active as possible.

What are you doing daily to ensure your growth and development continue?
Read and write. Also watch a lot of stuff on instagram and youtube from good teachers.

Top five favorite books?

Wow, tough question! Shoeless Joe, The Other 90%, Any Harry Potter, The New Toughness Training for Sports, All the Pretty Horses

Name your top five songs?

Equally tough question! Just five? Oh my….I can’t do it, so I’m going to say top five groups/artists instead. Sorry, but you could pick any song from any of these five and it’s good for the list.
Allman Brothers Band, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney

Have you ever had a now or never moment?

Every moment of every day, right? Better do it now, because who knows about tomorrow. I hate days that are wasted, yet I still waste some.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned?

Things will work out if you follow your heart. Being fearful of change will hold you back.

If you could send a message to the world, what would you say?

Thank you World!