WCU one of 42 teams to compete in the nation’s largest women’s event
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54-hole tournament to be played at The Ridges Country Club in Hayesville, N.C.
54-hole tournament will be spread over three days, beginning Friday
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Women's Golf hosted the 2017 Bill Berg Invitational at The Ridges Country Club in Hayesville, NC.
Sara Anne McGetrick was announced as the Western Carolina head women's golf coach in early September of 2016 A native of Spartanburg, S.C., McGetrick brings a wealth of passion and golf knowledge to the position including collegiate coaching experience at Converse College.
"We are very excited to welcome Coach McGetrick to the Catamount family," said Associate Athletics Director Gorham Bradley, chair of the search committee -- and a former men's golf coach at WCU. "Her passion for student-athlete excellence and proven experience developing collegiate golfers aligned perfectly with our vision for the WCU Golf program. Under her leadership, the future of Catamount Women's Golf is very bright."
McGetrick previously coached at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., building the Valkyries' program from scratch. During her four-year stint, the program climbed to a No. 29 GolfStat ranking in its third year of existence, tallied team tournament titles at five events with eight individual medalists, and posted a third-place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship in 2014.
She also has coaching experience from two high schools, first at the Valor Christian High School in Spartanburg from 2009-2011, collecting Coach of the Year honors in 2011 after the second of consecutive league championships. McGetrick was also the head girls' golf coach at the Oakbrook Preparatory School.
"I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen to lead the Western Carolina women's golf team as the new head golf coach," said McGetrick. "The minute I set foot on campus, I knew it was a perfect fit for me and I can't wait to start this new chapter of Catamount women's golf."
A 1985 graduate of fellow Southern Conference-member, Furman, where she played under legendary coach Mic Potter, a 1994 National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame inductee and the current head coach at the University of Alabama. While playing for the Paladins, McGetrick won a pair of individual medalist honors, and helped her team qualify for the postseason championship tournament in all-four seasons -- advancing to the NCAA Championships three times and once to the AIAW Championships in 1982. She was a part of Furman teams that posted four, top 13 finishes at the national level, three showings of ninth-place or better.
McGetrick turned pro and played on the LPGA tour from 1986 through 1992 tallying a pair of podium finishes during her career including a runner-up finish at the 1989 Hawaiian Ladies Open and a third-place showing at the 1987 Denver LPGA event.