|Title:||Head Coach, Third Year|
|College:||South Carolina '04|
Kory Thompson is in her third season at the helm of the GRU Augusta Women’s Golf program.
Thompson was named head coach on August 11, 2011. GRU Augusta Director of Athletics Clint Bryant introduced Thompson during a news conference in the J. Fleming Norvell Golf House on the Forest Hills Campus.
With her appointment, Thompson became the fifth head coach of the Lady Jaguars in the 11-year history of the program.
Under Thompson in 2012, she led the Jaguars to a victory at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic and to the NCAA East Regional’s hosted by Penn State. In 2013, the Jaguars placed two individuals in the NCAA East Regional at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., on May 9-11, 2013.
The Jaguars also received much success in the classroom as they were honored by the NGCA for finishing the season with the 15th highest ranked GPA in the country
Thompson wasted no time in the fall of 2014 by leading her squad to four top-5 finishes in all of their events in the fall – highlighted by a third-place finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., hosted by Furman University.
GRU Augusta notched second at Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 16-18, 2014 and finished fifth at the UCF Challenge on Feb. 9-11, 2014.
“Kory has proven over the last two years she has all the tools and it was really evident during our search that she was ready for the next step in her career,” Bryant said. “She’s well rounded in all phases of the game, she knows how to play and she is an experienced instructor as well. Kevin has done a tremendous job in revitalizing the women’s program, and we’re confident Kory is ready to build on the strong foundation that’s already in place.”
Thompson served as head coach of the women’s golf program at Charleston (S.C.) Southern University prior to GRU. After taking over in Charleston in July of 2009, she immediately enjoyed success, leading the Buccaneers to the 2010 Big South Conference Championship while setting a new league championship record for lowest 54-hole total while advancing her team to the NCAA Regionals hosted by East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.
Under Thompson’s tutelage, Olivia Jordan-Higgins captured 2010 BSC medalist honors at the conference tournament and cracked the top 100 in the national rankings (96th) while being nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. The Lady Bucs registered the most improved GPA (3.51) among all CSU athletic programs and as well as the highest team GPA. They were also recognized by the NGCA for having one of the top 25 team GPA’s in the nation.
Thompson’s prior credentials include time on the LPGA tour as a caddie for Kristy McPherson, who finished in the top 50 on the money list during 2008. She has also caddied for her older brother, Kyle, who earned his PGA Tour card for the second time in 2012 by virtue of his 15th- place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2011.
A 2004 graduate of South Carolina with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management, Thompson added a master’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from South Carolina in 2005. She played all four years for the Lady Gamecock Golf team along with her sister and brother.