|Title:||Head Coach, Fourth Year|
|Previous College:||South Carolina '04|
Kory Thompson is in her fourth season at the helm of the GRU Augusta Women’s Golf program and the sky is the limit.
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.
Thompson was named the “Dick Wallace Coach of the Year” at the 2014 GRU Augusta Athletics Awards Banquet after she guided her team to a top-5 finish in eight of their nine tournaments played in 2013-14. The Jaguars ended the season ranked 33rd in the nation by GolfStat.com and by competing in the NCAA West regional at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. The regional selection for the Jaguars was the fourth in the 13-year history of the program and marked the third trip for the Jaguars under Thompson. Thompson took the Jags to the NCAA Regional in 2012 and guided Casey Kennedy and Natalie Wille as individuals in 2013.
Individually, GRU Augusta posted 17 top-10 finishes and seven top-5 finishes – highlighted by their first place team victory at the Rebel Intercollegiate, sponsored by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
With her appointment, Thompson became the fifth head coach of the Lady Jaguars in the 11-year history of the program.
“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 the last two seasons. After taking over 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.
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.
Casey Kennedy competed for the Jaguars from 2010-2014 and will aide head coach Kory Thompson for the 2014-15 season.
Kennedy recorded 123 rounds in 43 events played as a Jaguar, with a 74.66 average score. Kennedy shot in the 60s eight times during her tenure, carded par or better 31 times, and won three overall events.
Daughter of William and Ann Kennedy, Casey has four siblings: Christine, Katie, Blair, and Brent. She was born on August 19, 1991 in Maryland.