Georgia‚Äôs Chris Haack will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America‚Äôs Hall of Fame later this year, according to an announcement Wednesday by the GCAA.
Haack, who is in his 17th year with the Bulldogs, has guided Georgia to two NCAA and seven SEC championships. He has a school-record 48 team titles, including at least one tournament victory in 15 of his 17 seasons.
Joining Haack in the Class of 2012 will be LSU‚Äôs J. Perry Cole, Texas‚Äô John Fields Cameron‚Äôs Jerry Hrnciar, Western Illinois‚Äô Harry Mussatto and Odessa College‚Äôs and SMU‚Äôs Barry Rodenhaver.
Additionally, longtime NCAA rules official Clyde Luther will be honored for his contributions. The GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet will take place Dec. 10 in Las Vegas.
Haack is the third Georgia coach chosen for the Hall of Fame. Howell Hollis (1946-70) was inducted in 1981 and Dick Copas (1971-96) was inducted in 1993.
‚ÄúI cannot put into words how humbled I am by this selection,‚Äù Haack said. ‚ÄúTo be in the company of so many giants of our game is such an honor. Coach Hollis and Coach Copas laid the foundation for this program, and I‚Äôve just tried to be a good steward. We as coaches are only as successful as our athletes, and I‚Äôve had the distinct pleasure of coaching some pretty special guys. I‚Äôve also had tremendous assistant coaches in Jim Douglas, Ryan Hybl and Jason Payne. This is an honor that I share with all of them. I just appreciate them taking me along for the ride.‚Äù
Haack was chosen as the National Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2005 after guiding the Bulldogs to the program‚Äôs only NCAA titles. He has been picked as the SEC Coach of the Year five times, most recently in 2010. Haack has produced 51 All-Americans, including at least one in 15 straight seasons, and 53 All-SEC performers. He has coached one National Player of the Year, four SEC Players of the Year and seven SEC Freshmen of the Year. Haack added the title of Director of Golf earlier this season.
Haack‚Äôs fingerprints also can be seen in the professional golf ranks. Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters and is one of the PGA Tour‚Äôs most recognizable figures. Ryuji Imada and Chris Kirk also have PGA wins since 2008. On the Web.com Tour, Haack proteges Erik Compton, Harris English, Russell Henley, Imada, Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Hudson Swafford and Brendon Todd have posted wins in recent years.
Haack‚Äôs contributions to the GCAA include serving as chair of the All-America, International Selection, Hogan Award and Coaches Poll committees. He also was picked by the GCAA as the captain of the Palmer Cup Teams in 2001 and 2006.
Ryan, Margalis earn SEC Athlete of the Week honors
Laura Ryan and Melanie Margalis of the Georgia women‚Äôs swimming and diving team have been chosen as Southeastern Conference Athletes of the Week, according to an announcement Tuesday by the league office.
Ryan, a junior from Elk River, Minn., earned SEC Female Diver of the Week honors after winning both springboards in Thursday‚Äôs victory over Florida. Ryan posted 315.67 points on 1-meter and 353.10 points on 3-meter, each of which improved her NCAA Zone qualifying standards.
Margalis, a junior from Clearwater, Fla., was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week for her efforts against the Lady Gators. Margalis won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.76, the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.46 and the 200 individual medley in 1:59.74. All three times are NCAA B cuts.
Behind Ryan and Margalis, the Lady Bulldogs extended their all-sports school record to 79 straight home victories and they won for the 29th straight time in the SEC.
Georgia‚Äôs teams will return to action Friday, Nov. 9, at home against Missouri.
Arbuckle named SEC Rider of the Month
Kylee Arbuckle of the University of Georgia equestrian team has been named the Southeastern Conference Rider of the Month in Equitation on the Flat, it was announced today by the league office.
Arbuckle is 2-0 on the season, with wins over riders from Texas A&M and Baylor. Her career-best score of 87 against then-No. 1 Texas A&M is also fifth-highest score in the SEC this season.
Averaging a score of 81 over two meets this season, Arbuckle helped the Bulldogs to a 6-0 win in Equitation on the Flat and a 17-5 overall win against the Aggies in the first meet of the season.
She followed her performance with a 75-66 win over her opponent from Baylor in the first away competition of the season. Her win helped tie the event at three. Georgia went on to defeat the fifth-ranked Bears 14-10 in Waco, Texas.
Arbuckle and the rest of the Georgia equestrian team will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., when they face the second-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.