Mallory Hetzel stays plenty busy as head coach of the Western Carolina University women’s golf team, but she has made time to play, too.
She will attempt to make history at the 19th Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship at Bermuda Run Country Club’s West Course in Bermuda Run, N.C., on July 6-8.
Hetzel has been the head coach of the WCU women’s golf program since 2010.
During her time at WCU, four Catamounts have garnered All-Southern Conference honors including Malin Jansson and Josefine Sundh in 2011, Blaire Minter in 2012 and Kristin Swindell in 2014. Two Catamounts — Sofie Kvarnstrom in 2012 and Olivia Landino in 2014 — both collected SoCon All-Freshman team accolades. WCU also has earned five SoCon Golfer of the Week plaudits under Hetzel.
In the classroom, 10 players have been recognized by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) as All-American Scholars.
Continuing to play while coaching at WCU, Hetzel has won back-to-back Carolina’s Golf Association (CGA) Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship titles, in 2014 and 2015. She has seven career CGA tournament titles.
She was a four-year letter-winner at the University of Georgia and twice earned All-America and All-Southeastern Conference honors.
Hetzel is the 11th-ranked women’s golfer in the Carolinas.
“Admittedly, I have not play much golf this summer. I have been focused on recruiting the next class of golfers for Western Carolina University and spending time with my family,” Hetzel told carolinasgolf.com.
“My expectations will be low next week, but I do enjoy match play and the unique opportunity to compete head-to-head.”