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Henkes hired as head coach of Ole Miss women’s golf

GRU Augusta women’s golf head coach Kory Henkes has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Mississippi and will begin her coaching duties at Ole Miss for the 2015-16 season.

“I am so thankful for my time at Georgia Regents University,” Kory Henkes said. “The Augusta golf community is a top-notch group of people and I will cherish the relationships that I have built here. I wish the golf program all the best and I am extremely grateful for this wonderful time in my life.”

In four seasons as head coach of the Jaguars, Henkes made a NCAA postseason appearance every time. She guided her first squad in Augusta to the 2012 NCAA East Regional at Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa. In 2013, Natalie Wille and Casey Kennedy competed as individuals at the NCAA East Regional at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., under Henkes’ guidance.

The Jags found themselves back in the postseason in Henkes’ last two seasons, bringing a full team to the NCAA West Regional at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash., in 2014 and most recently to the NCAA East Raleigh Regional at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.

“We would like to extend our well wishes to Kory as she embarks on a new challenge in becoming the next head women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “She has proven her ability to succeed at the highest level by what she has accomplished with our program at GRU. Ole Miss has gained a quality coach, but more importantly an outstanding individual. We wish her nothing but the best.”

After breaking into the NCAA Division I top-25 rankings for the first time ever on Oct. 22, 2014, Henkes’ team earned a 21st national ranking – the highest standing in the history of the program.

Henkes replaces previous Rebels head coach Michele Drinkard, who led Ole Miss to five NCAA appearances in eight seasons.

GRU Athletics will begin a national search immediately to fill the vacant position.

 

READ: Drew Belt’s 3 fundamentals of golf

Drew Belt, part-time golf coach at Georgia Regents University, was recently featured in the Columbia County News Times to talk about his ideas on the three fundamentals of golf.

Belt, who has taught at the Nick Faldo Golf Institute, Jones Creek, and Sage Valley, has been teaching golf for 14 years. He is currently the West Lake Country Club golf pro.

 

Read the full Columbia County News Times story here.

GRU Augusta Cards Ninth At NCAA Chapel Hill Regional

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The GRU Augusta men’s golf team concluded the 2015 season with a ninth-place finish at seven-over par (871) in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional on Saturday on UNC Finley Golf Course.

The Jaguars were 26 strokes off the lead and 12 shots out of fifth place. The top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championships and No. 50 Charlotte won the event with a 845 (-19). No. 11 Stanford took second (-14), No. 1 Florida State third (-11), No. 37 Florida fourth (-9), and No. 36 Clemson fifth (-5).

Stanford’s No. 1 Maverick McNealy won the overall event nine-below par (207).

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Jags junior Robin Petersson finished in a tie for 23rd to lead GRU Augusta overall, after he shot his second 73 (+1) off the tournament. Junior Maverick Antcliff finished in a tie for 32nd with his second-consecutive 74 (+2). Petersson had four round-three birdies and Antcliff three.

Sophomore Jake Marriott also had three birdies and finished next for GRU in a tie for 39th with a 76 (+4) in the third round. Sophomore Viktor Edin matched the low round for the Jags all weekend with a 70 (-2) in his final outing and tied for 58th.

Freshman Broc Everett notched a 76 (+4) and finished in a tie for 61st overall to round out the team. As a team, the Jaguars had 15 total birdies in round three.

J.T. Poston of Western Carolina won the individual spot to advance to the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla.  Poston won a two-hole playoff over Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb.  Both players carded a par-4 on the first playoff hole and Poston won the second playoff hole with a bogey-5.

JAGUAR MEN – NCAA CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL (Final)

9

GRU Augusta

292

286

293

871

T23

Robin Petersson (1)

73

71

73

217

T32

Maverick Antcliff (2)

70

74

74

218

T39

Jake Marriott (4)

73

70

76

219

T58

Viktor Edin (3)

82

72

70

224

T61

Broc Everett (5)

76

73

76

225

Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament May 15

Get away from the office and enjoy GRU’s own Forest hills Golf Club! The annual Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament is May 15, from 9 AM – 5 PM. Spots are limited, and are $35 a person, which includes a round of golf and lunch.

The format for the tournament is “best ball” – where each team member hits a shot, then the team picks which one they think is best and all hit their second shots from where it landed. It’s the perfect format for beginner golfers to enjoy the course without the pressure, and for advanced golfers to showcase their skills in this team-friendly format.

Sign up today by clicking here! For any questions or comments, please contact Ralph Alee at 706.721.7343 or ralee@gru.edu.

Jags advance to DI golf championships with win at MEAC tourney

With round three cancelled due to weather, the GRU Augusta men’s golf team won the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Golf Tournament Championship at the Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga., by 36 strokes to advance to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

A new face to the conference, the Jaguars became an associate member of the MEAC in September. The team ranked No. 49 entering the championship in Golfstat’s head to head rankings.

Due to inclement weather in the third and final round, the Jaguars, with a 36-stroke lead following the second day of competition, earned the conference title and automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. With an unfinished shotgun-start in Saturday’s play, all scores returned back to the completed 36 holes of the second round, confirming GRU as the champion.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Selection Show will air May 4 at 10 a.m. on the Golf Channel.

The Jaguars combined to shoot a 19-under par 557 through 36 holes of the tournament and had 43 combined birdies through two rounds. Robin Petersson won the event for the Jags, while Maverick took second and Broc Everett third to highlight the Jags.

GRU’s Robin Petersson, who led the field with a 5-under par 67 after day two, was named the Most Outstanding Performer. For the tournament, Petersson carded 12 birdies, two bogies and one double bogey to finish 8-under par 136 overall.

GRU’s Jake O’Keefe was named Outstanding Coach. “This was fantastic,” said Coach O’Keefe.  “Our guys played well and to win was our goal. It was a nice feat and to have all of our guys finish in the top 10 was great. I look forward to representing the MEAC in the NCAA Regionals and we will continue to do our best to keep this going.”

GRU’s Maverick Antcliff finished in second place after shooting a one-under par 71, four strokes from the overall lead in the second round.  Antcliff carded three birdies and two bogeys to combine for four-under par thru 36 holes.

Viktor Edin registered an even par in round two and finished seven strokes from the overall lead with a one-under par 143.

GRU’s Broc Everett finished in a tie for third with Bethune-Cookman’s Ian Clark, at 2-under par 142.  Everett fired a 3-over par 75 and Clark finished a 1-over par 73 in the second round.

Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State finished tied for second place at 17-over par 593 to receive the 2015 Co-Runners Up award.

Florida A&M finished fourth at 31-over par 607.  North Carolina Central (625), Maryland Eastern Shore (658) and Hampton (663) round out the seven-team field.

For more information on the MEAC Men’s Golf Championship or other sponsored sports, visit www.MEACsports.com.

. The Division I Men’s Golf Selection Show will air Monday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. on the Golf Channel.

For more information on the MEAC Men’s Golf Championships or other sponsored sports, visit www.meacsports.com.

JAGUARS AT MEAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final)

Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 GRU Augusta 276 281 557
1 Robin Petersson (1) 69 67 136
2 Maverick Antcliff (2) 69 71 140
T3 Broc Everett (5) 67 75 142
5 Viktor Edin (3) 71 72 143
7 Jake Marriott (4) 74 71 145

Reed setting the PGA on fire

When it comes to successful alumni in the sporting world, no one is hotter right now than golfer Patrick Reed.

With over $2 million in winnings already this year and a 2014 campaign that saw him rack up two wins and four Top 10 finishes, not to mention over $4 million in winnings, the San Antonio-born Reed is certainly on fire.

After winning two NCAA Div. I golf championships with Augusta State University, Reed turned pro in 2011 and has been gaining momentum ever since. On Jan. 12, he won his fourth PGA Tour title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Currently, he’s the 15th ranked golfer in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

Patrick Reed Claims Fourth PGA Tour Title

In the final round of the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, former Jaguar men’s golfer Patrick Reed shot a 67 to claim the fourth win of his young career on the PGA Tour, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia as the only players in the last 25 years to win four PGA Tour titles before the age of 25.

Reed won the 2015 opening tournament over American Jimmy Walker when he rolled in a 19-foot putt in the first playoff hole. Four shots behind with four holes to play, Reed made two birdies, holed an 80-yard shot for an eagle and got just enough help from Jimmy Walker to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for his fourth career PGA Tour victory.

It was up to Walker, who appeared to have control of the winners-only event until he tried to play it safe off the tee on the short par-4 14th and found a bunker, leading to his first bogey in 33 holes. Walker twice missed birdie putts inside 10 feet, and he missed an 18-foot birdie try for a victory in regulation.

In the playoff, Walker’s chip went over the green, and he had a 6-foot par putt he never had to hit when Reed made his winning putt. It his Reed’s fourth win in his last 35 PGA Tour starts.

VIDEO: Patrick Reed’s clutch birdie leads PGA Tour Shots of the Week

Eunice Yi takes third, No. 25 Jags second at Palmetto

Sophomore Eunice Yi posted her third top-10 finish of the season on Tuesday with a third-place finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with a round-three 70 to lead the 25th-ranked GRU Augusta women’s golf team to second overall behind unranked Coastal Carolina at the Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

GRU Augusta took second overall in the 20-team field with a 14-plus 878, 12 strokes behind Coastal Carolina. It is the fourth top-five finish the Jaguars have recorded this season. Furman finished one stroke behind the Jags in third, and South Florida stole fourth place from Kansas – who sits fifth.

Yi shot her lowest round of the season with a 68 (-4) to open the tournament on Sunday and never dropped out of the top 10. Her round-three, two-under 70 secured her third place – highlighted by four birdies. She shot 215 (-1) for the three-day event, while teammate Jessica Haigwood placed next for GRU in eighth place with a three-over 219. Haigwood slipped out of the top five with a 75 (+3) in her final round after she picked up a few strokes on the par-four No. 15.

Teresa Caballer Hernani shot her second 73 (+1) of the event in round three to card a tie for 12th – her second best finish of the season (T5 LPI). Josefine Nyqvist had her worst round of the event, but still managed to finish in a tie for 25th, thanks to solid play in the first round. Nyqvist scored an eight-over 224 after 54 holes.

Freshman Maggie Ashmore finished 89th out of 104 competitors in her first collegiate tournament in the starting lineup of five for the Jags. Ashmore posted the best round (76 +4) of her season in round two on Monday, but couldn’t find her groove in the final 18 – shooting 2 25-plus 241.

The Palmetto wraps up the 2014 fall portion of the Jags’ schedule. They return in 2015 on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Last season, GRU took second at the LPRC as current starters Josefine Nyqivst and Eunice Yi each earned top-15 finishes along with graduated senior Casey Kennedy.

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Oliver Wilson Wins First Event on European Tour

Former Jaguar men’s golfer Oliver Wilson started last week ranked 792nd in the world, and on Sunday, Oct. 5, he outlasted number-one ranked Rory McIlroy at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by one stroke to win his first event on the European Tour.

Check out the pros giving the former Jaguar the much deserved Oliver Wilsonrespect he has earned by clicking here:
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As a Jaguar from 2000-03, Wilson put together one of the best careers in school history, his senior year earning four wins, 14 top-five finishes, and 30 top-20 results. He became the first three-time All-American in school history and was the No. 1 ranked golfer in the nation for a two-week span before settling for a final ranking of No. 11. He competed in the Walker and Palmer Cups for Britain, winning both.
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Jaguar golfers racking up summer wins

In the span of a week, three women’s golf team standouts added to already-impressive résumés in two different tournaments.

Recent graduate Natalie Wille won her first professional event at the Nordea Tour’s Frontwalker Ladies Open at Botkryka Golf Club in Sweden. She fired a 2-under to top the leaderboard that featured PGA members and amateurs alike to finish as one of just two players under par for the tournament.

Natalie Wille's winning scorecard.
Natalie Wille’s winning scorecard.

Rising sophomore Josefine Nyqvist made her mark as well, finishing six strokes back in a tie for 10th that earned her Low Amateur honors for the event. She carded a 1-under final round, good enough to win the award by a shot and keep building on a standout freshman season at GRU that featured three top-10 and three more top-20 finishes.

Just a few days later, GRU Female Freshman of the Year Jessica Haigwood dominated the 2014 Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge in Roswell, Ga., winning by 10 shots.

An invitation-only event, the Judson is an individual stroke play competition that ran from June 28-30th in Roswell. The event features 60 of college’s top players who compete against one another, but the first round is played alongside a Legends player to offer a unique shadowing experience.

In her freshman year at GRU, Haigwood notched four top-10 finishes, including a victory in the Rebel Intercollegiate that helped lead the Jags to their first win of the season.

Rosie Jones, an LPGA golfer for 25 years, gave a big shout-out to Jessica Haigwood.
Rosie Jones, an LPGA golfer for 25 years, gave a big shout-out to Jessica Haigwood.

Check out all the coverage of the Frontwalker Ladies Open here, with more from the 2014 Judson Collegiate here.