Georgia Northwestern Golf Debuts in September, Baseball, Softball Up Next

“Pictured seated from left are Gavin Reeves, Heritage (GA) graduate; Drew Tankersley, Murray County (GA) graduate;  Adrian Patino, North Murray (GA) graduate; and Brandon Parrish, North Murray (GA) graduate. Standing from left are Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson and Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Golf Coach Jared Willerson. Not pictured is signee P.J. Shields of LaFayette, Georgia.”
“Pictured seated from left are Gavin Reeves, Heritage (GA) graduate; Drew Tankersley, Murray County (GA) graduate; Adrian Patino, North Murray (GA) graduate; and Brandon Parrish, North Murray (GA) graduate. Standing from left are Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson and Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Golf Coach Jared Willerson. Not pictured is signee P.J. Shields of LaFayette, Georgia.”

(Walker County, GA) – “He’s one of the best ball strikers I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot of golfers,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Golf Coach Jared Willerson of new signee P.J. Shields. The former LaFayette standout and four others from the Northwest Georgia region have signed with the Bobcats for the 2013-14 season.

Shields, along with Brandon Parrish, North Murray; Drew Tankersley, Murray County; Adrian Patino, North Murray; and Gavin Reeves, Heritage will begin their official practice schedule the week of August 19. “We’ve worked really hard this summer to find good young men and good golfers who can play on the next level,” said Willerson. “We’ve built great relationships with the high schools and these signings are a validation for me of the hard work we’ve put in this off-season.”

The Inaugural Cats Golf squad will tee up practices and home matches at the Lafayette Golf Course in LaFayette, Georgia. Shields, who played his first year of collegiate golf at Alabama’s Faulkner University last year, will feel right at home. The sophomore linkster is just one month removed from capturing the courses’ 77th Annual Chicken Dinner Tournament by firing a pair of six-under-par 66’s.

“P.J. brings an amazingly solid game and Brandon (Parrish) is a fine golfer who more than likely is going to bring the leadership ability a team like ours is going to need on and off the links,” said Willerson. “This is a solid core for our inaugural run. Adrian (Patino), Drew (Tankersley), and Gavin (Reeves) all bring some solid qualities to this team. Adrian is our scraper, Drew is a big ball striker, and Gavin has shown some amazing flashes of brilliance this year.”
Bobcats Golf will practice and play its home matches at the LaFayette Golf Course in LaFayette, Georgia. The squad will participate in collegiate tournaments throughout the year, wrapped around a club-level schedule this spring. The Cats will make the full NJCAA jump beginning in 2014-15.

Georgia Northwestern launched its intercollegiate athletic program in 2007. Up next for Bobcat Athletics is a trip to the diamonds as administrators look at plans to launch NJCAA Baseball, Softball, Soccer, and Cross-Country as soon as 2015. “Getting this level of golf program rolling has been yet another historic addition for this college,” said Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson. “And now, with these other sports on the horizon, we have a lot of factors to consider and issues to discuss to make those new programs become a reality.”

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through BobcatsCountry.com, or by e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.