Now in his sixth year as head coach of the Tufts University golf team, George Pendergast has developed the Jumbos into one of the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s (NESCAC) top programs.
In each of the last three seasons (2017-20) under Coach Pendergast’s direction, Tufts has finished among the top four at NESCAC’s Fall Qualifier to earn a berth into the conference championship tournament played each spring. Tufts’ conference championship berth in 2017 was the program’s first since the Qualifier was instituted in 2007. In 2019, the Jumbos were the runner-up at the conference qualifier, just two strokes behind winner Williams College.
Pendergast was a driving force behind Tufts hosting the NESCAC Qualifier for the first time ever in September 2019 at Sandy Burr Country Club.
In addition to the conference success, the Jumbos have placed among the top 10 teams at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association championship in two of the last three years. They tied for fourth in 2017 and were seventh in 2018. Additionally, the 2018-19 team’s fourth-place finish at Trinity’s competitive Detrick Invitational was the Jumbos’ best for a season-opening event since 2007. Tufts was fourth there again last fall.
The Jumbo golf team also excels academically. The team carries a 3.54 cumulative grade point average and had seven team members earn NESCAC All-Academic Team honors for 2019-20 with grade point averages of 3.50 or higher. They are committed to community service as well, having recently contributed to Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief efforts.
Pendergast was Associate Head Coach of the Jumbos for four years prior to taking over as head coach. His long career in golf includes a two-year stint as President of the Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA) in 2008-09. He was a member of the MGA's Executive Committee from 1985 to 2010 and served on its Hall of Fame Committee.
Pendergast also served on the Executive Committees for the 1988 US Open and the 1999 Ryder Cup matches held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
He has over 25 years as a rules official for the MGA and US Golf Association. A competitor in several MGA championships, he has organized and run nearly a dozen golf trips to Ireland and Scotland.
A 1973 graduate of Hamilton College, George and his wife Elly live in Weston and have three daughters.