Karen Bahnsen

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Karen Bahnsen
Sport(s) Women's golf
Current position
Title Head coach
Team LSU
Conference Southeastern Conference
Biographical details
Born (1960-10-11) October 11, 1960 (age 56)
Mobile, Alabama
Playing career
1980–1983 LSU
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–Present LSU
Accomplishments and honors
SEC (1992)
NGCA Coaches Hall of Fame (2009)

Karen Mayson Bahnsen (born October 11, 1960) is an American college golf coach and former player. She is currently the head coach of the LSU Tigers women's golf team at Louisiana State University (LSU).[1]

Early years[edit]

Bahnsen was born in Mobile, Alabama. She attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile.

College career[edit]

Bahnsen was the first women's golfer to receive an athletic scholarship to attend LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she played for the Lady Tigers golf team from 1980 to 1983.[2] As a Tiger, she participated in two Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and one National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) nation championship tournaments.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Bahnsen has been the head coach of the Lady Tigers since 1985. Her teams have recorded twenty-eight team titles and twenty-eight individual titles. Her 1992 Lady Tigers won the 1992 SEC championship, and have qualified for the NCAA Championship Tournament eleven times, including 1986, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Bahnsen's 2011 team finished third in the NCAA national championship tournament, and golfer Austin Ernst won the NCAA individual championship.[3] The Lady Tigers placed third of twelve teams in the SEC Tournament, and Ernst placed ninth in the individual standings.

The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) inducted Bahnsen into its Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.[4]


She is married to David "Bo" Bahnsen, a senior associate athletic director at LSU. They have a son and a daughter.


  1. ^ http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=28729&SPID=2176&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=174132&Q_SEASON=2012
  2. ^ a b LSUsports.net, Women's Golf, Coaches, Karen Bahnsen. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Michelle Voepel, "Ernst puts LSU golf on the map," ESPN (May 23, 2011). Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  4. ^ National Golf Coaches Association, Honors & Awards, Coaches Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 10, 2011.

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