Raven Nest Golf Course

Seamlessly blended into the rolling wooded landscape, Raven Nest offers players of every skill level a beautiful match between challenge and enjoyment. We are the home course of the Sam Houston State PGA Golf Management program, the Sam Houston State University Bearkats, Huntsville Hornets, and New Waverly High.

Brandt Kieschnick

Head Coach

Sam Houston State University-Head Golf Coach 2012-present
Assistant Coach, 2003-2005

Amateur Golf:
* 1995-1999 – Sam Houston State Golf Team
* 1994 4A State High School Champion
* Won- 5 NCAA Division 1 Tournaments
* 1997,1999-Southland Conference Player of the Year
* 1997, 1999 NCAA Regional Selection
* 1995 U.S. Amateur- paired with Tiger Woods
* 1997, 1998 U.S. Amatuer Public Links
* 2008, Inducted into Sam Houston State University AthleticHall of Honor

Professional Golf:
* 1999 – Present
* 1999-2003- Played the Tight Lies Tour, Hooters Tour, Teardrop Tour, Prairie Tour
* Won, 1999 Prairie Tour Championship
* 3 PGA Tour Qualifying Schools
* 2011 PGA Club Professional Championship
* 2006, 2010 PGA National Assistants Championship
* 2010, 2011 STPGA Top 10 Points List
* 2010 STPGA Match-Play Champion
* 2011 – National PGA Club Professional Championship – Hershey, PA


NCAA Division 1 Golf Coach: Sam Houston State University
* 2012 – SHSU Harold Funston Team Champion and Individual Champion
* Fall 2012 – Mens Team 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 10th in 5 events
* 2004 – Southland Conference Womens Team Champion and Individual Winner
* 2004, Southland Conference Mens Individual Champion


Class A PGA of America Teaching Professional:
* 10 years – Teaching National Junior Golf Camps
* 10 years – Teaching 1st Tee Program- Whispering Pines Golf Club
* Taught PGA Professional, Division 1 College Golfers, PGM Students, High-school, and junior golfers
* Learned from the great instructors in golf including Butch Harmon, Stan Utley, Jim Hardy, Dr. David Cook (Links of Utopia), Randy Smith


Tommy Chain

Assistant Coach

Tommy Chain, a veteran with more than 30 years of golf experience, serves as coach of the Sam Houston State womens golf team.Associated with nearby Whispering Pines Golf Club, Chain is in his fourth season of work with the Bearkat women.

In 2007, Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference womens golf championship with a 308-300-304–912 total at Horseshoe Bay. Three Bearkat golfers finished among the leagues top 10 with Stefanie Page winning the Southland medalist championship and Landa Stewart and Jennifer Heinz placing fifth and eighth, respectively.

The Bearkats were Southland runners-up in 2008 in Beaumont.Chain has tutored five Sam Houston players who have earned All-Southland Conference honors a total of eight times.Jennifer Heinz was Southland Conference womens golf “Student-Athlete of the Year” in 2008.