She doesn’t quite walk and talk like her mentor just yet, but Alexis Rather has been the perfect combination to work with Karen Bahnsen. But the two of them together do have the same goals, aspirations and work ethic that keep LSU women’s golf in the national spotlight year-after-year.
The pair put together a class of golfers that finished third in the NCAA championships both in 2011 and 2012 and continues to search and find 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 last year and first-team All-America honors, along with Caroline Nistrup who finished T12 in the NCAA Championships a year ago and also earned first-team A-A citation.
Rather in just a short time has become a consummate recruiter and on-course coach. She knows the advice to give and the proper times to give it. She knows when to press and when to back off. With Bahnsen, it’s a coaching staff in sync in recruiting talent and developing it to be the best it can be.
She is an LSU program veteran and, like her mentor, she knows the history of the team and what is necessary to get teams through delicate moments in important rounds because she has lived it.
The former LSU golfer served two years as an assistant coach at Ole Miss before beginning her tenure at LSU.
The native of Tupelo, Miss., 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.
LSU finished in 15th place in the NCAA Championships that season.
Over the course of her career, Rather played in all but three tournaments. She posted three top 10s and six top 20 performances and her 128 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.
At Ole Miss, she showed the type of coach she would be, helping 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 has helped the program with practice routines, helped put together the annual LSU Tiger Golf Classic and been 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. During tournaments, Rather can be seen at various spots on the course, offering help and encouragement to the Lady Tigers when needed.
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