The men’s and women’s Lenoir-Rhyne Golf Teams are set to bring in new blood on the course for the 2018-19 school year. The men will bring three new faces and the women just one.
The men’s year ended short of their goal of the postseason, but continued to make the jump necessary to climb up the South Atlantic Conference and Regional standings. They bring in three new people that look to make a difference on the course for the Bears.
Georg Hartmann (Berlin, Germany): Hartmann will come to Lenoir Rhyne next fall from Berlin, Germany. He had an excellent academic career carrying a 3.7 GPA while studying at his local University. Hartmann intends to major in Engineering in the fall. On the golf course, Hartmann had a 75.17 stroke average in 2017 that included a 2nd place finish in the German Faldo Series. He also finished T35 in the Berlin Open Championships with rounds of 73-74-75-75.
Coach’s Quote: “Georg has been steadily improving as a player over the last 3 years and is currently competing at the highest level in German Amateur Golf. He is an extremely hard worker on and off the golf course and I believe he will add depth and consistent scores to our team immediately.”
Cole Sutherland (Charlotte, NC): Sutherland just completed a solid career at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. During his high school career he was an All-Conference and All Region Selection, as well as earning Team MVP his Junior Year. In his junior golf career, Sutherland was the winner of a Hurricane Junior Event in 2016 as well as the prestigious Charles Tillman Junior Championship last December with rounds of (73-73).
Coach’s Quote: “Cole is a late bloomer in the recruiting process and will be a steal for our program in the future. I have been impressed with Cole’s attitude and desire to work hard, to push himself and improve his craft. It will be a lot of fun to watch Cole as he develops over his four years at Lenoir Rhyne.”
Elliott Wayne (Toronto, Canada): Wayne will graduate from the Bill Crothers Secondary School in Markham, Ontario in June. During his high school career, Wayne received academic honors in grades 10 and 11 while competing on the baseball and golf teams. He also was a standout hockey player as well as representing his local field and box lacrosse teams. On the golf course Wayne finished T23 in the 2017 Mizuno National Junior Championships, 2nd in his Men’s Club Championships and Qualified for the Ontario Juvenile Championships. He was also engaged in the community with several different organizations logging over 80 hours of service.
Coach’s Quote: “Elliott will be a great addition to our program in the fall. He is a well-rounded young man with a lot of potential for growth on the golf course. I am excited to work with Elliott year round and watch him become the player I know he can be. He is a perfect fit for Lenoir Rhyne University and our golf program’s goals for the future.”
The women were able to make the regional postseason tournament in 2018 and finished in the top-25 of the Division-II Golfstat team rankings for the first time in program history. The Bears add one name – see below – as they look to go to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time as a program.
Patricia Asensio (Madrid, Spain): Asensio will be joining the golf program after finishing her studies at her local high school in Madrid. Along with her studies in Spain, Asensio also spent a year in the United States as an exchange student and attended Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C. In the classroom Patricia has been an exemplary student and will graduate with honors from Spain. While at Grimsley, she was selected first team all-conference, first team all-region and finished 14th at the 4A State Championships posting rounds of 77-82.
Coach’s Quote: “We are excited to have Patricia join our program in August. She is a strong player, great student and has an infectious personality. I am confident she will have an impact once she walks on campus and will develop into a great player while at Lenoir Rhyne.”
“I am really excited about our spring signees for both programs,” Head Coach Elliot Gealy said. “We are looking to build on our recent success and these student athletes will help us reach our goals of winning Conference Championships and contending on the National Level.”