STAY THE COURSE

New coaches are at the helm of the men’s and women’s golf programs

By DANIEL HOOKER ’01

New head coaches are getting into the swing of things this fall for the men’s and women’s golf programs at Western Carolina. Joining the athletics program to lead the women’s golf team is Mallory Hetzel while assistant men’s golf coach Carter Cheves has been promoted to the top of the leader board.

Coach Mallory Hetzel meets with Catamount fans at a recent
golf fundraiser.

Hetzel was a four-year letter-winner for the University of Georgia, where she bookended her collegiate career by twice earning All-America and All-Southeastern Conference plaudits on the links. She replaces retired head coach Steve Lott, who guided the program to a pair of conference championships and earned three league coach-of-the-year honors during his 12-year tenure.

“Mallory Hetzel is an outstanding person with integrity, character and tremendous potential. Her strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence are the primary reasons we felt she would make the perfect fit for our women’s golf program,” said Jennifer Brown, WCU senior woman administrator, who spearheaded the search committee.

A 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Hetzel takes over a women’s golf program coming off a very successful season highlighted by four team championships and three players honored by the Southern Conference, including returning All-SoCon selection Josefine Sundh and All-Freshman team honoree Malin Jansson.

Coach Carter Cheves (left) encourages player Jonathon Davies.

On the men’s side, Cheves takes over for former head coach Gorham Bradley ’04, whom he aided through the 2009-10 season, as Bradley assumed a full-time role within the Catamount Club. He becomes just the third head coach since 1991, joining Bradley and WCU Hall of Famer Johnny Wike.

“While working as the assistant men’s golf coach at Western Carolina over the past year, Carter Cheves has shown a genuine interest and concern for the success of every student-athlete, which made him a strong choice for our next head men’s golf coach,” said Brown.

Cheves came to Cullowhee as an assistant coach prior to the 2009-10 season, where he worked side by side with Bradley, helping with daily practice plans and coordinating many aspects within the program such as team travel. He is a 2008 graduate of UNC Wilmington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business operations in 2008.

WCU returns four members from last year’s men’s squad, which will be joined by a four-member incoming freshman class considered among the best in school history. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to stay at Western Carolina University and continue with the men’s golf program,” said Cheves. “I look forward to working with our young men, helping them succeed both on and off the golf course.”