Bryant Odom, a former University of Georgia All-American and All-SEC performer, joined the Badgers as the assistant men's golf coach in 2011 after serving two years as the graduate assistant for UGA during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Cartersville, Ga., native lettered for the Bulldogs from 1999-2002. In 2001, he was the 13th Georgia player to win the Southeastern Conference individual title.
"I am extremely excited to have Bryant Odom join me in Madison and the University of Wisconsin," Burcin said. "It was very important to me to bring someone on board who shared the same ideals from a recruiting standpoint and had experience in a top notch national program."
Bucin continued, "While at South Carolina, I was very familiar with the University of Georgia program and what they have accomplished. Bryant and I share the same ideals of what we want the men's golf program at Wisconsin to become and how we want to get to those raised expectations. I think our alumni, past letterwinners, current team, and future Badgers will benefit from his past experiences. Bryant's wife, Abby also played golf at Georgia and we are excited to welcome her as well to the Badger family. This is an exciting day for Wisconsin men's golf!"
Odom garnered All-America honors in 2001 and 2002, and he was an All-SEC selection in 2000, 2001 and 2002. During Odom's playing career in Athens, the Bulldogs won 13 tournaments, including the 1999 national championship and the 2000 and 2001 SEC titles.
Odom also excelled in the classroom. He was named to SEC Academic Honor Roll four straight seasons. Odom graduated in 2002, with a degree in Sports Studies. He recently added a master's in Sports Management in 2011.
Odom played professionally from 2002 through 2005 and again in 2008 on the NGA Hooters, Tarheel and Nationwide tours. He competed in more than 30 Nationwide events in five countries and more than 40 tournaments on the NGA Hooters and Tarheel tours. In 2003, Odom won the Alabama Classic on the NGA Hooters Tour.
In 2008, Odom claimed medalist honors at the Georgia State Open Championship with a 14-under par 274. He also has victories in the 2001 Southeastern Amateur, the 2006 Georgia PGA East Chapter Championship and the 2007 Georgia PGA Assistants' Championship. He reached the match play portion of the 1999 U.S. Public Links and the 2001 U.S. Amateur.
From 2006 to 2007, Odom was the PGA Apprentice Professional at Ocean Forest Golf Club on Sea Island, Ga. Odom assisted the head professional with the day-to-day operations, including staff scheduling, budget and projections, and overseeing club tournaments.
This past year as a member of the Georgia golf staff, Odom played a key administrative role when Georgia hosted the 2011 Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA in May.
In May, 2012, Odom won the U.S. Open in an 18-hole qualifier held May 8 at Cherokee Country Club in Madison shooting an even-par 37-32--72.
Odom is married to the former Abbi Francis, who was a two-year letterwinner for the Georgia women's golf team.