GOLF: UNG women break 54-hole record

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UNG Women's Golf

The University of North Georgia women’s golf team continued its record-breaking season by taking down the 54-hole scoring record Tuesday, March 10, at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational. UNG shot 47-over 911 for the best 54-hole tournament in program history, beating the record set earlier this season at the DBU Classic by two shots.

Golf: UNG women's Megan Sabol

Megan Sabol

Individually, Megan Sabol finished in eighth in the golf tournament with a 1-under 215, also breaking the individual scoring record and the first women’s golfer at UNG to shoot under par in a 54-hole tournament. The senior now holds the two best 54-hole scores in program history.

North Georgia finished just 11 shots outside of the top 10 and just four shots back of PBC foe Flagler, who tied for 11th place. No. 3 Dallas Baptist ran away with the win, besting the field by six strokes. No. 11 Saint Leo finished in second, while No. 9 Florida Southern, No. 1 Nova Southeastern and No. 5 Tampa rounded out the top five in the event.

The Nighthawks will be back in action in two weeks at the Louise Suggs Invitational, hosted by West Georgia.

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Photos courtesy of the University of North Georgia.

Washington named 2019 recipient of the Dissinger Reed Athletic Training Scholarship

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Ariauna Washington was named 2019 recipient of the Dissinger Reed Athletic Training Scholarship, during the PBC athletic trainer annual symposium in Agusta, GA.

UNC Pembroke’s Frank A. Bastone III was also a recipient, and both students will receive financial support from Dissinger Reed as they continued their studies. Washington will attend UNG’s virtual campus for a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health & Physical Education while working at Young Harris. 2019 is the fifth year of the scholarship program.

Washington was a member of the UNG athletic training club and sports medicine club, serving as vice president of the latter until her graduation in May. She was a CARE Consortium Assistance worker at North Georgia her senior year and has worked for Atlanta United of Major League Soccer. She also worked at Harris County High School and Dawson County High School as a part of her UNG program.

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UNG women’s tennis team defeats Queens in championship opening

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the No. 12 UNG women’s tennis team won three straight singles matches in straight sets over No. 49 Queens, 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship. The win marks the first win at the national championship site in program history.

UNG started quickly in doubles, winning 6-1 at No. 2 and No. 3. The first win was earned by Emma Etelalahti and Cibeles Zuddy, followed by Adrienne Bofinger and Lexa Loden.

In singles, Bofinger earned the first point, winning in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-1. Zuddy wasn’t far behind, winning at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2 before the singles matches were closer. Jorge went down a set early but fought back to force a third, while Claudelle Labonte Frey won her first set in a tiebreak. Bennett clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win just before Loden was able to finish her match.

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UNG pitcher named Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year

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DAHLONEGA, GA

According to the University of Athletics Department, the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) named UNG junior pitcher, Kylee Smith, the Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday afternoon.

This is Smith’s second year earning the honor, and she is now the fourth North Georgia pitcher with this achievement and the second to do so within two consecutive seasons. This is the sixth time in 10m years that Dahlonega has had an athlete earn the award.

Kylee Smith: Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Smith is also the third pitcher in 13 years to earn it twice in a row; the last athlete was UNG’s Courtney Pool in 2015 and 2016. Smith was also named a D2CCA First Team All-American, her third straight honor, and she is a native of Suwanee, Georgia.

Smith finished the season with a 30-4 record and 0.73 ERA. She leads NCAA Division II in ERA and is second nationally in strikeouts (318) and hits allowed per game, third in wins, fourth in shutouts (12) and fifth in strikeouts per seven innings. She recorded four no-hitters during the year and threw a perfect game against USC Aiken on April 19.

In three seasons, Smith has quickly risen among the ranks of Peach Belt Conference all-time leaders. She is currently tied for third all-time in wins, is sixth in career strikeouts and eighth in career innings pitched.

Named the PBC Pitcher of the Week a record seven times this season, she was also named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on April 3. She has been named the PBC Pitcher of the Week 14 times in her career.

 

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UNG women’s basketball athlete celebrates 1,000th career point

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Dahlonega, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Tamera Thorpe scored her 1,000th career point during their game against Flagler; however, the No. 20 UNG women’s basketball team fell to their opponent in overtime, 74-70.

With a jumper at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter, the senior transfer notched point No. 1,001 with her 14th point of the game to put UNG up, 43-42, at that point. From there, the two teams went back and forth before Flagler took a four-point lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

Flagler controlled the overtime period, though, retaking the lead right away and never relinquishing it.

 

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UNG women’s basketball team defeats Clark Atlanta 87-55

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DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, 10 members of the UNG women’s basketball team earned a spot in the scoring column as the No. 16 Nighthawks downed Clark Atlanta, 87-55, Wednesday night in the UNG Convocation Center.

The Nighthawks hd a strong 7-0 start before the Panthers, increasing that to a 12-0 run later in the first quarter, with the Panthers unable to outscore UNG.

 

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UNG women’s cross-country team runners up at PCB Championship

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BEECH ISLAND, S.C.

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG women’s cross-country team finished in second place on Saturday at the PCB Championship.

UNG junior, Aleah Johnson, led three All-Conference runners to second place behind Flagler Saturday morning at Redcliffe Plantation. Johnson finished in fourth place overall after running a 5K time of 18:40. UNG junior, Bree Hammond, finished in sixth place at 18:51, while sophomore, Kaylee Haake, finished in 15th at 19:09. All three earned All-Conference honors.

Flagler won the race, finishing with 46 points, followed by UNG at 60 points. Columbus State, Georgia College and Augusta rounded out the top five.

This is UNG’s fifth top-2 finish in a row after claiming runner-up honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

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LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG sophomore, Nick Clarno, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after Clarno hit a homerun all three games against Palm Beach Atlantic. 

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics


Clarno his .455 against Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, driving in six runs as the Nighthawks ran their record to 6-0. Clarno had a 1.364 batting percentage, and he opened with a solo shot in the first game before going for 2-for-4 in the second and third games. He also added a double during the finale, scoring a total of four runs and striking out only once in 11 at-bats. 

Clarno leads the PBC in slugging percentage, is tied for second in home runs and is seventh in total bases. This is his first weekly honor of his career.

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Nine UNG cross-country runners chosen for All-Academic team by Peach Belt Conference

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AUGUSTA, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the Peach Belt Conference named nine UNG cross-country runners to the All-Academic team on Friday, October 26. The nine Nighthawks are a part of the 36-runner team. UNG had the most runners honored, followed by Georgia College with eight.

The Nighthawk honorees are: Emma Brown, Sarah Buckler, Maria Coughlin, Makayla Ellis, Bree Hammond, Aleah Johnson, Jordan Mund, Kenedi Rodney and Olivia Terwilliger.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

 

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UNG cross country runner earns top six

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Nighthawk Cross-Country freshman, Kaylee Haake

According to a press release from the University of Georgia Athletic Department, Nighthawk Cross-Country freshman, Kaylee Haake, earned 20th place out of 292 runners at the Sand Shark Invitational on Saturday, October 20.

The UNG cross-country team finished in sixth place, beating out every southeast region team. They also finished in third place in the Division II category. Savannah College of Art and Design won overall, followed by Embry-Riddle and Florida Southern.

Haake is a Union Grove High School graduate, and she ran a 19:04, pacing the Nighthawks in the 5k race. UNG sophomore, Aleah Johnson, finished in 26th, with a 19:15. Sophomore Bree Hammond, was only three seconds behind Johnson, finishing in 29th. Nighthawks, Maria Coughlin and Makayla Ellis, also scored for UNG; Coughlin finished in 33rd, and Ellis finished in 45th, respectively.

UNG will travel to Redcliffe Plantation on Beech Island in South Carolina on November 3, to race in the PBC Championship.

 

 

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Women’s Golf Tied for Second at LeeAnn Noble Memorial

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10/16/2017 | Women’s Golf
DAHLONEGA – Fueled by Carson Roberts‘ round of even-par 72, the University of North Georgia women’s golf team is tied for second after the first round at the Fourth Annual LeeAnn Noble Memorial hosted at Achasta Golf Club. Lee leads the tournament by three strokes over the Nighthawks and Young Harris.

North Georgia shot a 299 in the opening round Monday. The score was the second lowest of the season and just the second time in school history the team has broken 300. Columbus State sits in fourth place, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne rounding out the top five.

Roberts is in a three-way tie for second, one stroke behind Tusculum’s Katie Tomassoni for the overall lead. Megan Sabol has fifth place to herself after a one-over-par 73. Jordyn Sims shot two-over and is tied for sixth.

The final round of the tournament is set for tomorrow with the Nighthawks teeing off in the final wave off hole No. 1. Tee times are from 10:40-11:20 a.m.

UNG President visits LC Library to discuss her new children’s book

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DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, visited the Lumpkin County Library for a book reading/signing of her new book, “UNG The Gold I See!” on Thursday. The children’s book is one of five that will be released by Dr. Jacobs and the UNG Press.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Dr. Jacobs told FYN that she was inspired to write the children’s books after she was gifted a copy of Barbara Walsh’s “The Poppy Lady.” “I loved the idea of using a children’s book to tell the history of North Georgia.” She also explains that the “genesis” of the book was to raise money for scholarships, “I’m very passionate about scholarships.” Dr. Jacobs explained, “and all profits from my books go straight to scholarship funds.” Jillian Murphy, Assistant Managing Editor with UNG Press added the book has sold enough copies to fund a few scholarships already.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

 

 

Dr. Jacobs also expressed gratitude for the book’s illustrator, J’anell Short, who is also Dr. Jacob’s sister, “We were able to save a lot on costs and also have a quick release date, thanks to her willingness to help.” She also added, “I’m very heartened by how well the book has been received.”

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Copies of “UNG The Gold I See!” are available at the UNG Bookstore.

UNG baseball schedule announced for 2019 season

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DAHLONEGA,GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, head baseball coach, Tom Cantrell, has announced the 2019 schedule for the UNG baseball program. The 2019 schedule includes 29 home games, which will be held at Bob Stein Stadium.

Two of the eight teams that will be matching up in the 2019 season made it to the  NCAA Division II Baseball Championship in Southern Indiana and Columbus State and will go against the Nighthawks during the upcoming season.

UNG will face USI February 15-17, in Dahlonega, before a trip to Columbus May 3-5 to finish the regular season.

UNG’s opener will be against Florida Tech, before opening up at home against Palm Beach Atlantic February 8-10. After the series against Southern Indiana, the Nighthawks will also open in the home Peach Belt battle against Flagler, to end a nine game season.

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New children’s book celebrates UNG Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, GA

The University of North Georgia President, Bonita Jacobs, has written the first of five children’s book that will pay homage to each UNG campus. The book was published by UNG Press, and is titled, “UNG The Gold I See.”

According to a press release from UNG, the children’s book is designed to engage readers, “Of all ages through its multi-generational main characters. Benjamin Brown, daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitors Day at the Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets, while Tommy’s mother wants to remember her years in UNG’s nursing program. Tommy wants to find the legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus. He has Nigel the Nighthawk, UNG’s mascot, and a treasure map to guide him; his grandfather and mother have their memories.”

“UNG The Gold I See” will be available November 2018, in hardback copies and will be priced at $29.99.

The next book of the series, featuring the Gainesville campus, is scheduled to be released in 2019.

 

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UNG junior in top ten for men’s golf after Matt Days Invitational

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Lumpkin Co., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the men’s golf team holds ninth place in the Matt Days Invitational at Oak Mountain Gold Club after UNG junior, Tanner Merck, “carded a two-under 70 in the second round of the day.”

UNG junior Tanner Merck. Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Merck had six birdies in the two rounds Monday, including four in the second 18 of the day. His one-under 143 is good for a tie for ninth individually in the tournament.

As a team, UNG shot back-to-back scores of 292 and sits 10 shots out of a three-way tie for second place after the first day of competition. Young Harris leads the tournament with a 36-hole total of 563. The Mountain Lions are 11 strokes ahead of Clayton State, Montevallo and West Georgia, who are all tied for second. Lee rounds out the top five.

Individually, YHC’s John Bolger shot a second-round score of six-under 66 to take the lead by one stroke over his teammate Cameron Kellett and Lee’s Dylan Lillard.

The Nighthawks will wrap up the tournament tomorrow with tee time set for 9am.

 

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