September 28, 2012

Guilford Welcomes 2002 Golf Team Into Athletics Hall of Fame

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford College’s 2001-02 men’s golf team comprises the 41st class inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The golfers join the 1980-81 women’s tennis team as the lone teams enshrined in Guilford’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

The group was formally inducted in a Friday evening ceremony in Guilford’s Dana Auditorium and will be honored prior to the start of the Quakers’ Homecoming football game versus Washington and Lee University the following evening.

Under the direction of coach Jack Jensen, the Quakers won the 2002 NCAA Division III Golf Championship, the school’s first since joining the NCAA in 1991. Playing the Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., Guilford overcame windy and blustery conditions in the fourth and final round to rally past second- and third-round leader Methodist College. The Quakers shot 300 in the final round and won the 23-team tournament by six strokes over second-place Greensboro College.

Guilford placed three students among the top-18 finishers in the 120-man field, including Dave Patterson, who shot 295 to finish in second place. Teammate Andrew Biggadike ’02 shared sixth place to earn his school record-tying third All-America honor and the Quakers’ Savio Nazareth ’03 took home All-America recognition with an 18th-place finish. Guilford’s Andrew Eversole ’02 placed 82nd in his fourth NCAA Tournament and carded a final-round 75, which was the day’s ninth-best score. Freshman John Riddle ‘04, who scored for the Quakers in the first two rounds, finished in 83rd place.

The Quakers’ second-place finish in the 2001 NCAA Championships undoubtedly inspired the 2002 title run. Guilford held a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the 2001 event, but fell by one stroke to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Quakers returned three All-Americans among four players from the 2001 team and started the following season ranked first in the national coaches’ poll. With Eversole studying in China, Ricky Gandhi ’05 and Harrison Pinnix ’04 filled in and helped the Quakers to three third-place tournament finishes in the fall.

Eversole returned in the spring and Quakers turned in impressive second-place efforts against Division I and Division II teams at the Pine Needles/Pfeiffer Invitational and the Treasure Coast Classic. Guilford broke through with a victory at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships where Patterson earned medalist honors. Nazareth and Biggadike shared third place as the Quakers won their third straight league title and sixth overall.

The championship team included some of the finest golfers in school history and was guided by the best coach. Biggadike was Guilford’s first three-time NCAA golf All-American, won three medalist honors and has the school’s fourth-best career stroke average (74.94). He remains a competitive golfer and reached the stroke play portion of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship. Eversole was a third-team All-American in 2000 and won three medalist honors in his career. Nazareth, a two-time All-American, holds the school record for career stroke average (72.981) and won four college tournaments. Now the assistant golf professional at Starmount Country Club in Greensboro, he made his third appearance in the Professional Golf Association’s Wyndham Championship last month. Patterson, another three-time All-American, played on the Quakers’ national championship teams in 2002 and 2005 and placed second both years. He has the school’s second-lowest career stroke average (74.256) and won two college titles.

Jensen molded the Quakers’ individual talents into a championship team for the third time in his illustrious 34-year career. He received the second of his three national golf coach of the year awards and his sixth ODAC Golf Coach of the Year honor. Jensen also coached the Quakers’ national champion golf teams in 1989 and 2005 and was inducted into six different halls of fame, including Guilford’s.

Guilford’s Athletics Hall of Fame features 211 individual members and two teams. Past inductees include NBA stars M.L. Carr '73, World B. Free '76, and Bob Kauffman '68, major-league baseball players Ernie Shore '13, Rick Ferrell '28, Tom Zachary '18 and Tony Womack '91, and professional golfer Lee Porter '89.