Patrick Grady is in his second year as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado, as he returned to his alma mater from private business to help with the golf program as the assistant coach on June 2, 2015.
Grady, 29, returned to CU from private business, working as a certified public accountant in the Denver area after he tried his hand at professional golf following graduation.
As a player, he rose from a late signee on the smallest amount of scholarship money there is to one of the nation’s top 50 golfers by the conclusion of his senior year. Grady was not recruited by any Division I golf program out of high school, but after he won the CJCA Match Play Championship in July 2004, he was offered a spot on the CU team in the summer of 2004 by the late Mark Simpson; that first year, he was on 1 percent scholarship, basically enough to cover his books.
He initially intended to redshirt, but showed early flashes and qualified for CU’s third tournament of that season. He instead redshirted after his junior season, and when he returned to the lineup as a fifth-year senior for the 2008-09 season, he had the kind of year that earned him CU’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors for all sports (with teammate Derek Tolan). He played in all 13 tournaments, with two wins, five top 5, eight top 10 and 10 top 20 finishes. He earned PING All-Region honors and was an honorable mention All-American, finishing as the No. 46 ranked player in the nation (Golfweek).
He recorded a 71.98 stroke average for the season, the third best in school history (and his 71.32 average during the spring the second best, just .02 off the record). His outstanding spring was topped by his victory in CU's Stevinson Ranch Invitational, where he cruised to a win with an 8-under par 208 score. His top fall highlight that year was his first career collegiate win, when a 67-69-68—204 scorecard earned him medalist honors at Denver’s Ron Moore Invitational at Green Valley Ranch (he was named the Golfweek National Player-of the-Week for that effort).
In amateur play, he became the first player in state history to win the three “majors,” the Colorado Golf Association’s Match Play Championships in 2005, the Stroke Play title in 2006 and the Public Links crown in 2007. He was a two-time state amateur player-of-the-year.
A Coloradoan to the core, he was born in Westminster and graduated from Broomfield High School, where he lettered four years in golf. He graduated from CU with a double major in Business (finance and accounting) in May 2009. As a senior, he was named to the prestigious GCAA All-America Scholar team (golf’s version of Academic All-America), and was a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 team member.
At the time of his graduation, he finished 14th in the most rounds played (113) at Colorado, finishing 16th in career stroke average (74.45), ninth in top 5 finishes (7), sixth in top 10 finishes (12) and ninth in top 20 efforts (18).
Professionally, he played for three-and-a-half years on assorted tours, but had most of his success primarily on the Adams Tour, where he won five times.
He was born March 17, 1986 in Westminster, Colo. His grandfather on his mother’s side played football at the University of Denver and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but had to forego the NFL when he was drafted into the army. A second cousin, Kevin McDougal, played football at Colorado State and for three years with the Indianapolis Colts. He joined his older brother Jim in Boulder, and at the time, became the fifth set of brothers on the golf team simultaneously.