Andy Miller Athlete Profile

Andy Miller

Height: 6-0 Weight: 180 Roster Years: 1996-2000 Hometown: Napa, CA Mission: Tampico, Mexico Hall of Fame: 2011 Last School: Justin Sierra High School

  • 2011 Men's Golf




All-America

  • 1997 NGCA Third Team
  • 1998 NGCA Third Team
  • 1999 NGCA Second Team
  • 2000 NGCA Second Team

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

Andy Miller, son of former BYU All-American and NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller, made a name for himself after a decorated BYU and professional golf career.

As a member of the BYU Golf Team from 1996-2000, Miller helped the Cougars reach as high as a No. 5 national ranking. A four-time All-American, Miller earned a variety of accolades during his time at BYU, including WAC Freshman of the Year. As a freshman, Miller won the WAC championship and the Fresno/Lexus Classic.

He played his way to two runner-up finishes in the 1997 and 1999 Western Amateur. His senior year, Miller tied for first at the Savane All-American tournament and helped BYU to seven tournament victories, which was more tournament wins than any other team in the country that year. The Cougars nearly pulled off their eighth team victory at the 2000 NCAA West Regional where BYU finished just shots behind champion Arizona. The second-place finish was BYU’s highest  regional finish ever.

Miller set another record when he won the 2000 Cougar Classic after shooting a tournament record final round 63, a record that still stands. In 2000, he became the first Cougar to be named a member of the U.S. Palmer Cup team by the Golf Association of America.

Miller’s professional career took off shortly thereafter, when he played in the 2000 Air Canada Championship. In 2002, Miller won the State Farm Open, his most notable tournament win, and the U.S. Open (Bethpage Black) T60th, where he had a hole-in-one in the final round. Miller earned his PGA Tour Card in 2003, but in January 2004 he shocked the golf world when he announced he would participate in a different type of tour—a church mission to Mexico—at the age of 25.  It is believed to be the first time in Tour history that a player has left the game for religious reasons.

The time Miller spent in Tampico, Mexico spreading the gospel changed the lens through which he saw the world. To this day, Miller often recalls of the many lives he encountered and the streets he wandered in Mexico.

Following his church mission, Miller married the love of his life, Audrey—an act he considers his single greatest accomplishment. Miller says his wife is a passionate writer with an innate skill for loving people and their life stories. If Miller, who wed Audrey within three months of meeting her, was given another chance, he said would marry her even quicker. The happy couple has two children, Belen Audrey (3) and Rothko Andrew (7 months).  

Since his professional golf career came to an end, Miller has focused his attention on education. In 2006, he returned to BYU to complete his bachelor’s degree in geography. He’s currently finishing his thesis for a Master of Architecture degree at Boston Architectural College and is set to graduate in May 2012.

Personal

  • B.S. in geography from BYU, 2006
  • Master’s in architecture from Boston Architectural College, 2012
  • Son of former BYU All-American and NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller
  • Served an LDS church mission at age 25 to Tampico, Mexico
  • Married to Audrey and they have two children

Career Highlights

Athletic – Individual National Honors

  • Two-time Second Team All- America (1999-2000, 1998-1999)
  • Two-time Third Team All America (1997-1998, 1996-1997)
  • Tied for eighth place at NCAA Championships 1998-99
  • Ranked 24th in the Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings 1998-99
  • Placed ninth at NCAA Regional Championships 1997-98

Athletic - Conference Honors

  • Three-Time First Team (1 MWC, 2 WAC)
  • WAC Second Team 1996-97
  • WAC Freshman of the Year 1996-97
  • Individual Champion at conference championships 1997-98

Athletic - Tournament Finishes

1999-2000

  • Ranked No. 15 in Golfstat Cup
  • Tied for first at Savane All-American Tournament
  • Second at Fresno Lexus Classic
  • Third in the PING putting contest

1998-1999

  • Recorded eight top-20 finishes
  • Runner-up in 1999 Western Amateur
  • Second in the Fresno Lexus Tournament

1997-1998

  • Finished in the top-20 nine times and top-ten five times
  • Medalist at the Nike/Northwest Classic
  • Finished fourth at the All-America Tournament
  • Finished second at the Cal State Amateur
  • Played in the U.S. Amateur at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY
  • Finished third at the Wolf Pack Classic

1996-1997

  • Recorded eight top 20 finishes and five in the top 10
  • Medalist at the Fresno/Lexus Classic

Before BYU

  • Named a 1996 Rolex Third-Team All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, second-team in 1995
  • Won the 1995 AJGA Lake Tahoe Classic with rounds of 72-70
  • Finished second at the 1996 AJGA Las Vegas Founders’ Legacy AJGA with rounds of 64-69-73
  • Member of the 1996 West Canon Cup Team
  • Seven top 10 AJGA finishes in 10 events from 1995-1996
  • 1996 Northern California high school state champion
  • Team won Northern California State Championships in 1994 and 1996
  • Low amateur at the Utah Open in 1996 and 1997
  • Runner-up in the Western Amateur 1997
  • Prepped at Justin Sierra High

After BYU

  • Professional Golf career from 2000-2004
  • Career took off when he played in the 2000 Air Canada Championship in 2000
  • Finished his education at BYU and graduated with a B.A. in geology in 2006
  • Graduated from Boston Architectural College in architecture in 2012

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Won the State Farm Open 2002
  • Scored a hole-in-one in the final round of the U.S. Open T60th
  • Earned his PGA Tour Card in 2003
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2011

Stats

1998-99
Tucker Invitational        71-75-72--218      11th
Husky Invitational         77-73-72--222      21st
Nike Northwest             72-73-71--216      17th
Fresno Lexus               73-70-71--214      2nd
John Burns                 68-72-70--210      11th
Southwestern               70-72-73--215      8th
Aldila Intercollegiate     76-70-78--224      21st
Morris Williams            73-73-69--215      3rd
Carpet Capital             74-75-80--229      71st
Cougar Classic             74-75-75--224      33rd
WAC Champs.                76-72-72--220      4th
US Intercollegiate         72-68-68--208      3rd
NCAA Regionals             73-72-71--216      t8th
NCAA Champs.               73-74-77-76--300   t23rd                    
1999-00 (Fall)
Topy Cup                   79-76--155          27th
Tucker Invitational        75-67-73--215       5th      
Red River Classic          67-73-71--211       t26th
Fresno Lexus               67-71-67--205       t2nd
Savane All-American        67-74-67--208       2nd(t1)
BYU Career Stats
Season     Events   Rnds.  Strokes   Avg.  Lw Rd.  Top 20
96-97      13       38     2779      73.1  67      8
97-98      14       41     2743      71.9  66      9
98-99      14       43     3137      72.95 68      9
Fall 99     5       14      994      71    67      3


1996-1997 | Freshman Year

  • Played in all 13 of the Cougars’ tournaments
  • Recorded eight top-20 finishes and five top-10
  • Medalist at the Fresno/Lexus Classic
  • Won the WAC Championship with a three-round total of 208 that included a first-round score of 68
  • Shot a season-low of 67 at the Nike/Northwest Classic
  • Named WAC Freshman of the Year
  • Second Team All-WAC
  • Third Team GCAA All-America

1997-1998 | Sophomore Year

  • Played in all 14 Cougar events
  • Finished in the top-20 nine times and the top-10 five times
  • Medalist at the Nike/Northwest Classic with a score of 210
  • Placed ninth in the NCAA Regionals with a score of 215
  • Finished third at the Wolf Park Classic with a score of 217
  • Named Second Team All-American, All-WAC
  • Team’s lowest stroke average was 71.9
  • Hit a season low of 66
  • Finished fourth at the All-American Tournament
  • Finished 2nd at the Cal State Amateur in Monterey, California
  • Played in the U.S. Amateur at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Won two in stroke play matches to advance to the third round

1998-1999 | Junior Year

  • Recorded eight top-20 finishes
  • Tied for eight at the NCAA Championships
  • Second-team All-American
  • Runner-up in 1999 Western Amateur
  • Finished second in the Fresno Lexus tourney
  • Ranked 24th in the Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings

1999-2000 | Senior Year

  • Tied for first at Savane All-American tournament with Georgia Tech’s Matt Kucher, but lost tiebreaker
  • Placed second in Fresno Lexus Classic after shooting 67-71-67-205
  • Placed third in the Ping putting contest
  • Ranked no. 15 in Golfstat Cup