Not only did the team win the Region 5-AAA tournament Thursday, but one of its alumni was recognized for his achievements in the sport on Tuesday.
Cartersville High 1978 alum and Coastal Georgia golf team director Mike Cook was named Southern States Athletic Conference coach of the year after leading his team to a No. 4 ranking in NAIA and qualifying for the national championship tournament.
Cook’s team finished second in the conference tournament on April 16 and has won three of the team’s five tournaments in 2014.
Cook is a full-time golf instructor at the renowned Sea Island Golf Club and took over coaching duties at Coastal Georgia in 2010.
In their inaugural seasons, both the men’s and women’s teams won the championship in the Georgia College Athletic Association and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournaments. The men finished fourth and the women took sixth in the tournament.
Cook also was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year for Region 17 after the 2011 season.
In 2012-13, the Coastal Georgia men finished no worse than fourth in nine events with two victories. They finished ranked 16th in the NAIA. The Coastal Georgia women finished in the top five in all nine events with two wins and two seconds, including the runner-up finish at the SSAC tournament. They were ranked 19th in the final NAIA poll.
Cook started with Sea Island as a teaching instructor in 1991. He was selected among the top 15 teachers in Georgia by Golf Digest and has been named teacher of the year by the Georgia PGA East Chapter three times.
Cook is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the golf team. He helped Georgia to the SEC championship as a senior during the 1982-83 season and was named All-American and first-team All-SEC that year.
He played professionally from 1983-86 and was a member of the South African PGA Tour in 1984.
Cook also won the Georgia PGA championship in 1998 at Sea Island and won the Georgia PGA Assistant Professionals championship in 1992 in Peachtree City.