The 2005 graduate of Trigg County High School said he chose Transy over a couple of other schools, including Centre College in Danville.
"I like the small school atmosphere, but I also like Lexington," Sutherland said.
Another factor in Sutherland’s decision was the golf courses in the Lexington area, including The University Club, which Kentucky shares with Transylvania.
"We get to use the same facilities, and they’ve just built a new practice facility there," he said. "The University Club has 36 holes, and there are a lot of good courses in Lexington where I can work on my game."
Sutherland led the TCHS golf team in average three of his four years on the varsity team and tied for ninth in the Region I Golf Meet last year.
He also finished tied for 23rd in the First Tee Open held last year at the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course. The outing saw him paired with former Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller.
Sutherland plans on squeezing some practice rounds of golf in this summer around his job at the Lake Barkley State Park Marina and hopes to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Open next month in Atlanta.
Sutherland will join a sophomore-dominated team that finished fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Tournament in April.
"We’re pleased to add Brad to our team," Transylvania golf coach Brian Lane said in a press release. "We have a nice recruiting class coming in, so I am expecting our golf program to be very competitive in the coming years. Brad is also an excellent student who will fit in well academically."
The Pioneers played a vastly upgraded schedule in 2005, participating in some of the nation’s premier golf tournaments, including the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, an event that included nine of the top 20 teams in the nation.
"We are really trying hard to get our golf program to a level where competing in the NCAA Championships is a very real possibility each year," said Lane. "We have unbelievable playing and practice facilities that are as good as anyone’s in the country. Now that we are playing in the Great Lakes Region, we have a nice advantage of being the southern most school."
Transy also plays at top facilities each year during its Spring Break trip in March.
Last year, the Pioneers played on some of the best courses in the country in Hilton Head, S.C
"That really gave our guys a boost heading into our spring schedule," the coach added.
Sutherland, the son of Scott and Mary Ann Sutherland of Cadiz, said he plans to report to the Lexington school in August to prepare for the fall season that begins Sept. 10.
He will become the third TCHS graduate playing golf in college, joining Jena Lancaster (Murray State) and Katie Bowers (Cumberland College).