AUSTIN, Texas — Legendary former Texas Longhorns women's golf coach Pat Weis passed away in Austin Sunday at the age of 89, Texas Athletics announced

Weis started the Longhorns program in 1973-74 and the team achieved varsity status the next year in 1974-75. She led the Longhorns until 1993. 

It's a very sad day for Texas Women's Golf and for collegiate golf in general. Coach Weis meant so much to so many people and she was a giant within our sport," said Ryan Murphy, current UT women's golf coach. "Everything we have today can be largely attributed to Coach. She started a program that would ultimately impact hundreds of lives over four-plus decades. Coach will be sorely missed and will be in our thoughts and prayers as we continue through this season."

According to UT, Weis was inducted into the Women's Golf Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 1987 and, in 1991, was awarded the Gladys Palmer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Golf Coaches Association. 

During her tenure at Texas, Weis was selected as National Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1988, and was the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year five different times. 

Weis was also a 2001 inductee into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor. 

Golfers that Weis coached who enjoyed professional success on the LPGA Tour after playing for the Longhorns have included Debbie Petrizzi, Susan Watkins, Nancy Ledbetter, Sherri Steinhauer, Sue Ginter, Kate Golden, Michiko Hattori and Charlotta Sorenstam, according to UT.

"Coach Weis loved The University of Texas and the Women's Golf team," Kate Golden, UT Associate Head Women's Golf Coach, said. "Although she hadn't played golf for a while, she always enjoyed hearing about how the current team was doing. She was a pioneer in collegiate women's golf and we will all miss her dearly. Thank you Coach for all you have done for the game. RIP."  

UT officials said details regarding a celebration of life and funeral services are pending and will be shared once finalized. 

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