Courtney Gunter was named head coach of the Catamount women’s golf team in the summer of 2018. A former women’s golf student-athlete at the University of North Carolina, Gunter has served as an assistant coach at both East Carolina and most recently at Coastal Carolina prior to making the move to Cullowhee.
Gunter is just the seventh different head coach for the Catamount women’s golf program all-time, replacing former coach Sara Anne McGetrick.
In two seasons on
Prior to making the move to Coastal, Gunter was an assistant coach at East Carolina for three years while earning her masters in
Gunter was a four-year member (2009-2013) of the North Carolina team and helped the Tar Heels to four consecutive NCAA Regionals and two NCAA Championship appearances. As a junior (2011-12), Gunter was a part of a Tar Heel squad that finished second at the ACC Championships and 10th nationally at the NCAA Championship in Franklin, Tenn.
In her sophomore season, North Carolina won the ACC Championship and finished tied for eighth nationally at the NCAA Championship. She averaged a career-low 75.44 over 18 rounds in her second year as a collegian, guiding UNC to a team title at the Cougar Classic where she finished tied for sixth overall at 3-under par 215. She played in 11 tournaments as a freshman in 2009, posting a 76.03 stroke average over 31 rounds. Gunter recorded three Top 20 finishes in her first season at North Carolina, adding a sixth-place showing at the Tri-Match at Ironwood Country Club and placing in a tie for 16th at the ACC Championship.
In all, Gunter was a member of a North Carolina team that won five team titles, recorded 20 Top Five finishes, appeared in four NCAA
Off the course, Gunter was 2010 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American, a 2010 All-ACC Women's Golf Team selection and a two-time All-ACC Honor Roll member (2010, 2012).
A native of Matthews, N.C., and a graduate of Porter Ridge High, Gunter was a four-time all-conference selection including a three-time Player of the Year as a prep as a part of winning four-consecutive conference championships and three North Carolina state championships. As an amateur golfer, she won the 2011 Carolinas’ Amateur and was named the 2008 Carolina’s Golf Association Female Golfer of the Year.
Gunter earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and exercise sports science from UNC-Chapel Hill in May of 2013.