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The hiring of head golf coach Garrett Runion marks a new chapter for assistant coach Alexis Rather as she begins her ninth season with the Lady Tigers. Rather spent the past eight seasons under the tutelage of Karen Bahnsen as well as playing under her from 2003-2008. The new staff will have same goals, aspirations and work ethic to keep LSU women’s golf in the national spotlight year-after-year.
Rather has become a consummate recruiter and on-course coach. During tournaments, Rather can be seen at various spots on the course, offering help and encouragement to the Lady Tigers when needed. She knows the advice to give and the proper times to give it. She knows when to press and when to back off.
During her time at LSU she helped put together a class of golfers that finished third in the NCAA championships both in 2011 and 2012 and continues to bring some of the world’s top recruits to come to Baton Rouge. She was part of the staff that brought in and helped Madelene Sagstrom earn SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-America honors ub 2015, along with Caroline Nistrup who finished tied for 12th in the NCAA Championships in 2015 and also earned a first-team All-American citation in 2016.
She is an LSU program veteran and, like Runion, she knows the history of the team and what is necessary to get teams through delicate moments in important rounds because they have lived it.
The native of Tupelo, Mississippi, was a four-year letter winner at LSU, appeared in two NCAA Women’s Golf Championships as a player and was a four-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association scholar-athlete. Rather, a two-time First-Team All-Louisiana golfer, had three top 10 finishes in her 2008 senior season.
That year, she also chipped in for the only birdie in a sudden death playoff for the eighth and final qualifying spot at the NCAA East Regional that got LSU to the NCAA Women’s Championships.
Over the course of her collegiate career, Rather played in all but three tournaments. She posted three top 10s and six top 20 performances and her 125 career rounds played is among the most rounds played in a career by an LSU women’s golfer.
She averaged 78.84 strokes during her four-year career. She was also a four-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Rather served two years as an assistant coach at Ole Miss before beginning her professional tenure at LSU.
At Ole Miss, she helped guide the Rebels back to postseason play and win a tournament for the first time since 2004 as the women’s golf team earned the Chancellor’s Cup for the women’s varsity team at Ole Miss with the highest grade point average.
Since returning to LSU, she assist the program with planning practice routines, organizing the annual LSU Tiger Golf Classic and on the course for tournaments both at home and on the road. With Rather around, there is another important voice for LSU traveling the world recruiting.
Rather was named LSU’s recipient on the SEC Community Service Team while in college and has been heavily involved her entire LSU career with the school’s Life Skills Program and service projects throughout the community. She graduated from LSU in July 2007 with an honors degree in communications and her master’s in sports management from LSU in 2008.
The Rather File
Date of Birth: March 2, 1985
Hometown: Tupelo, Miss.
BA, Communications, 2007
MA, Sports Management, 2008