UNG women’s golf tops leaderboard after Full Moon BBQ Invitational

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Megan Sabol carded a one-under 71 as the University of North Georgia women’s golf team leads the Full Moon BBQ Invitational after the opening round Monday at Timberline Golf Club.

The Nighthawks shot a 302 in the opening round to lead No. 25 West Georgia by a single stroke. Montevallo is in third, finishing 10 strokes behind UNG, while West Florida and Christian Brothers sit in a tie for fourth.

Sabol started off the day with a birdie on the par-3 16th. She also birdied the par-5 11th hole to get back to one-under after a bogey earlier in the round. The junior is in second individually, two strokes behind West Georgia’s Franziska Bremm.

Rounding out the scoring four for the Nighthawks were Carson Roberts (+5), Jordyn Sims (+7) and Karson Stone (+7). Roberts is in a tie for sixth place, while Sims and Stone are in a tie for 12th. Alexis Whitney, playing as an individual, shot six-over to sit in a tie for ninth individually.

The final round is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning as the teams will have a shotgun start.


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Bryson Worley Named Director of Golf/Head Men’s Coach at North Georgia

University of North Georgia
6/7/2018 | Men’s Golf
DAHLONEGA – University of North Georgia Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves has announced the hiring of Bryson Worley as the school’s new Director of Golf at UNG. He will officially begin his duties in Dahlonega on Monday, July 2.

Worley’s primary responsibility will be serving as the head coach of the men’s team, but he will also provide strategic planning and be a unifying presence of both the men’s and women’s teams. He will be responsible for the overall successful development, planning, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of the programs.

“Bryson is extremely well-respected in the golf community,” Reeves stated. “The position had a very strong pool of candidates and we are very excited that he and his family have decided to join the Nighthawk team. Bryson’s understanding of the college golf landscape, along with his passion and vision for North Georgia is a great fit for both our university, as well as our golf programs.”

Worley comes to North Georgia from nearby Gainesville High School where he has coached the men’s golf team since 2002. He also served the Red Elephants as the Assistant Principal and Assistant Athletic Director fof Facilities. During his time with the Red Elephants, he was named the 2012 and 2013 GACA State Coach of the Year as well as a 13-time GACA Region Coach of the Year and a 10-time Gainesville Times Area Coach of the Year.

In his coaching career of 21 years, Worley has collected a pair of GHSA state championships, 10 region championships, 67 tournament victories and 131 top five finishes. He has coached 51 All-State honorees, 97 All-Area players and 26 collegiate players, including four that have played professionally. Worley’s players have played in three USGA Junior Championships and two USGA Amateur Championships.

His players have also been successful in the classroom, compiling a cumulative grade point average of 3.87 over his 21 years in the profession.

“I am so grateful to Lindsay Reeves and the rest of the UNG Department of Athletics for this amazing opportunity and for their belief and trust in me,” stated Worley. “The potential of the program is so exciting, and I could not be more enthusiastic about our ability to play for championships and contribute to the amazing athletic success of the UNG Nighthawk brand. I want our student-athletes to leave Dahlonega having had become better men and women. High expectations in the classroom, in the community and on the golf course will help realize the potential of our golf programs. I can’t wait to get started.”

Outside of the GHS walls, Worley is the current chairman of the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Golf Committee and is a member of the Chattahoochee Golf Club and City of Gainesville’s Golf Course Advisory Committee. He is also currently serving as a member of the Georgia High School Golf Coaches’ Association Executive Board and was named to the GHSA Golf Advisory Board to the Executive Director.

He has also instructed at the Chris Haack Bulldog Golf Camp at the University of Georgia since 2005 and at the Dr. Morris Pickens’ Sea Island Elite Camp.

He also created “The Herd” junior golf program which produced over 80 junior golfers from ages 8-14. Having played golf for over 30 years, Worley competes regularly in regional amateur events and has competed in the Georgia State Amateur Tournament.

Worley holds a Level 1 certification at the Titleist Performance Institute and is a certified Impact Zone instructor. He graduated from Wofford College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science before receiving his Master of Education from Piedmont College in 2001. Most recently, he acquired his Ed.S. from UNG in 2007 in Educational Leadership.

What They Are Saying About Coach Worley

“Great hire by UNG! Bryson will do a phenomenal job with North Georgia just as he has done at Gainesville High School. He knows what it takes to not only build teams, but to win championships.”
– Chris Haack, Director of Golf/Head Men’s Golf Coach, University of Georgia

“I am very excited to have Bryson take over our men’s program. He has had a long tradition of success at Gainesville and I am positive he will start that tradition here at North Georgia. I am looking forward to working with him in this new role.”
– Leigh Anne Hunter, Head Women’s Golf Coach, University of North Georgia

“Bryson is going to be a great fit at the University of North Georgia. He is the type of coach that will create a phenomenal culture with high expectations throughout the program which will lead to them being successful.”
– Ryan Hybl, Head Men’s Golf Coach, University of Oklahoma

Logan Archer Selected As Individual For 2018 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Men’s Golf Regional

University of North Georgia
4/27/2018 | Men’s Golf
INDIANAPOLIS – University of North Georgia junior Logan Archer was selected to participate as an individual in the 2018 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional Men’s Golf Championship as announced by the NCAA office on Fridayafternoon.

The three-day event will be held from May 7-9 at Rock Barn Golf Club in Conover, N.C.

In order to be selected to play as an individual, a student-athlete must be from a team that did not qualify for the tournament and be one of the top four golfers in their region.

In 12 events this season, Archer is the Nighthawks’ top scorer with a 72.7 scoring average. He claimed medalist honors at the Montevallo Full Moon BBQ Invitational in the fall and shared the title at the Southern Tide Classic in the spring.

Archer, ranked No. 102 in GolfStat’s individual rankings, is the second golfer from UNG to be earn a spot in NCAA play after Matt Elliott became the first just last season.

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 21-15, at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals, Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Rock Barn Golf Club, Conover, N.C.
Host: Lenoir-Rhyne University

South Region Teams
West Florida [Gulf South Conference]
Florida Southern
Nova Southeastern
Florida Tech [Sunshine State Conference]
Saint Leo
Delta State
Albany State [Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]

South Region Individuals
Matt Anderson, Valdosta State
Davis Roche, Valdosta State
Samuel Jones, West Georgia
Scott Odell, Lee

Southeast Region Teams
South Carolina Aiken [Peach Belt Conference]
Columbus State
Carson-Newman [South Atlantic Conference]
Lincoln Memorial
Young Harris
North Greenville [Conference Carolinas]
Georgia Southwestern

Southeast Region Individuals
Nick Stafford, Belmont Abbey
Levi Kettelhut, Belmont Abbey
Logan Archer, North Georgia
Wanjoo Lee, Coker

King in 15th After Opening Round of PBC Championships

University of North Georgia
4/13/2018 | Men’s Golf
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Lawson King sits in a tie for 15th place after the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference Championship as the University of North Georgia is in ninth place at the Slammer & Squire Golf Course.

King shot an opening round 73 to lead the Nighthawks, who shot 305 on the first day of the tournament. Tanner Merck shot a 76 to find himself in a tie for 27th. Leading the tournament individually is USC Aiken’s Johnson Holliday at four-under 68.

The Pacers lead the tournament as a team as well after firing a 284 in the opening round. Columbus State is in second place at 286, followed by Young Harris in third. Lander and Flagler are in a tie for fourth place.

North Georgia is just one stroke behind Clayton State and just seven strokes out of the top five.

UNG will tee it up in the second round tomorrow with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off hole No. 10.

Women’s Golf Finishes Alone in Second at LeeAnn Noble Memorial

University of North Georgia
10/17/2017 | Women’s Golf
DAHLONEGA – Megan Sabol finished in a tie for third individually as the University of North Georgia women’s golf team placed second in the Fourth Annual LeeAnn Noble Memorial at Achasta Golf Club. Lee set a new 18- (290) and 36-hole (586) record on the final day to finish as the tournament champion.

“I thought we played quite well,” said head women’s golf coach Leigh Anne Hunter. “I was very happy to get some wins over some regional opponents which are crucial at moving us up in the region rankings as we push toward the postseason.”

The Nighthawks (605) finished one stroke ahead of Young Harris (606) for the tournament runner-up. North Georgia’s two-round score tied the program’s best set earlier this season at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational. Lenoir-Rhyne (617) and Lincoln Memorial (620) rounded out the top-five teams in the tournament.

Sabol shot a three-over-par 147 in the tournament, finishing four strokes back of Lee’s Haverly Harrold for the individual title. Carson Roberts finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 148.

North Georgia will next compete at the Newberry Fall Invitational on October 30-31 in Elgin, S.C. That tournament will serve as the end to the fall season.

Women’s Golf Tied for Second at LeeAnn Noble Memorial

University of North Georgia
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.

Sabol Leads Women’s Golf on Day One of Patsy Rendleman Invitational

University of North Georgia
10/9/2017 | Women’s Golf
SALISBURY, N.C. – Megan Sabol shot a one-under-par 71 as the University of North Georgia women’s golf team matched the second-best 18-hole round in program history to sit in a tie for fifth at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational after the first day at the Country Club of Salisbury. UNG shot a 305, putting them 10 strokes behind Lenoir-Rhyne for the lead.

Sabol’s 71 ties the second-best individual round in program history, matching Jordyn Sims‘ round of 71 earlier this season. The sophomore sits in second place, one shot behind North Greenville’s Savannah Hallman for the individual lead.

The Nighthawks’ score of 305 matches the 18-hole score of last season’s LeeAnn Noble Memorial at Achasta Golf Club. UNG is tied with Tusculum for fifth place, while Limestone, Queens and Anderson place second, third and fourth after the first round.

Sims, Carson Roberts and Karson Stone were the other scorers for UNG, shooting 77, 78 and 79, respectively.

The Nighthawks will wrap up the tournament with the final round tomorrow.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA)

University of North Georgia
7/5/2017 | Women’s Golf
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars for Division I, II & III were announced on Tuesday with a total of 952 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. The University of North Georgia women’s golf team’s Taylor Allen and Shelby Hanna each capped the 2016-17 season by earning the All-American Scholar designation.

Earlier this year, both golfers earned Peach Belt Conference All-Academic distinction with Allen also collecting the league’s Elite 15 Award. The duo is two of 14 PBC golfers to receive the accolade.

Allen graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, as she collects her fourth consecutive WGCA All-American Scholar honor. She competed in 21 rounds with an 83.0 scoring average, with a season-low score of 74 in the opening round of the Armstrong Spring Invitational.

Hanna graduated with a 3.58 GPA, as the senior picked up her third WGCA All-American Scholar honor. She competed in 17 rounds with an 84.7 scoring average. She matched her season-low score of 78 twice in the Peach Belt Conference Championship.

The criteria for selection to the WGCA’s All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

– UNG Athletic Communications 
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