Karl Tucker, golf coach at Brigham Young University, was in stable condition today after suffering a stroke, officials said.
Tucker, 62, who has coached the BYU golf team since 1961, was in stable but guarded condition in the intensive care unit of The Woodlands Community Hospital north of Houston, a spokeswoman said.BYU Athletic Director Glen Tuckett said Tucker suffered "a partial stroke." He suffered no paralysis but has slurred speech, Tuckett said in a statement issued today in Provo, Utah.
Tucker's players, who are participating in the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational here, became concerned about their coach early this morning when he failed to wake them up for breakfast. They went to his hotel room but he failed to answer their repeated knocks, said Duke Butler, executive director of the Houston Golf Association.
The players called the hotel management to open the door and found Tucker "having some trouble," he said. An ambulance took Tucker to the hospital at about 6:45 a.m.
Butler said Tucker's team played today in the tournament, which ends Saturday.
Tucker has been the BYU golf coach since 1961. In 1981 his team captured the NCAA championship.