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Terrance Stewart enters his 18th season as the head men’s golf coach at UNCG in 2018-19. Stewart has been at the helm of the program since August 15, 2001. In his 17 seasons leading the program, Stewart has led the Spartans to 15 top five finishes as a team and 24 individuals finishing in the top 10. UNCG has been one of the top teams in the Southern Conference over the last six years, finishing fifth place or better each season highlighted by the Spartans’ first-ever SoCon Championship in 2018. UNCG also has picked up 24 All-Southern Conference selections during his tenure and has had five SoCon Freshman of the Year honorees in the past six seasons.
During the 2018 season, the Spartans claimed their first-ever SoCon Championship when they shot an 18-over par 882 (297-285-300) at Pinehurst No. 9 en route to an appearance in the NCAA Stockton Regional where UNCG finished in 10th place. Stewart was named SoCon Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in program history to earn the honor, as the Spartans had three players selected to the all-conference team for the second year in a row. Additionally, freshman Nick Lyerly was named SoCon Freshman of the Year as he became just the second golfer in program history to win the SoCon Individual Championship at four-under 212 (73-70-69).
In 2017, the Spartans posted their third straight second-place finish at the SoCon Championships and placed three in the top five of the individual standings for the first time in program history. Freshman Jonathan Brightwell tied for the individual lead at the SoCon Championships and became the fourth UNCG SoCon Freshman of the Year in the last five seasons. Junior Josh Stockwell and sophomore Bryce Hendrix tied for fifth overall at the SoCon Championships. Additionally, Brightwell, Stockwell and Hendrix all earned First Team All-SoCon honors, giving UNCG three All-SoCon players in the same season for the first time in program history.
In 2016, the Spartans finished second overall at the 2016 SoCon Championships in Pinehurst, finishing just one shot out of the top spot. Junior Jake McGlone and senior Taylor Coalson earned All-SoCon accolades while Bryce Hendrix was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year. McGlone became the second UNCG golfer to earn an at-large bid as an individual into the NCAA Tournament, appearing in the Franklin Regional hosted by Nashville.
In 2015, the Spartans also came perilously close to winning the SoCon Championship as they finished in a tie for first place at Pinehurst. UNCG fell in the first team playoff hole and narrowly missed out on an NCAA At-Large bid.
The 2014 season was the best season in UNCG men’s golf history as the Spartans finished third in the SoCon Championships and received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, the first in program history. UNCG travelled to Auburn University Club and finished seventh overall in the regional, just two strokes out of a top-five showing, which advances to the NCAA National Championships. For the first time in program history, UNCG earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, playing in the Auburn Regional. The Spartans finished in the tie for seventh place overall at the Regional, one-shot out of the top six, which qualifies to move on in the event.
Additionally, the Spartans placed three members on the All-SoCon team in 2014 as freshman Carter Jenkins, sophomore Taylor Coalson and junior Roy Dixon picked up the honors. Jenkins was also named the SoCon Freshman of the Year, marking the second straight season UNCG has been honored after Coalson won the accolades in 2013.
The Spartans rewrote the record books during the year as well; posting new program-best marks for individual 18 and 54 hole scores as well as team 18 and 54 hole scores.
Jenkins broke the UNCG single-round score in just his third career event, posting a 9-under par 63 at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate on his way to a program-best 203 score for the event. Dixon tied the 18-hole effort with a 9-under par 63 at the USF Invitational, helping the Spartans break the team 54-hole record with an 838. UNCG trimmed seven strokes off its previous 54-hole team score at the USF Invitational, including a program-low 273 in round three.
The Spartans picked up their 17th tournament victory in program history in 2014, claiming the Pinehurst Intercollegiate title. Additionally, Jenkins became the 26th career Spartan medalist as he won the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
Stewart has led eight individuals to top five finishes at the SoCon Championships during his tenure, highlighted by the 2007 individual title won by J.D. Bass. Bass posted a 3-under par 213 (72-73-68) two win the SoCon title by one stroke. Additionally, Taylor Coalson (2013), Ryan Heisey (2010) and Nathan Stamey (2008) posted runner-up finishes in the league championship under Stewart’s guidance.
Stewart has coached 16 All-Southern Conference selections in 13 years, including multiple selections in 2006, 2011 and 2014. The Spartans have also placed one player on the five-member SoCon All-Freshman Team each year since its inception in 2009, including current Spartans Carter Jenkins (2014), Taylor Coalson (2013) and Jake McGlone (2013).
The 2011 SoCon Championships saw the Spartans post their best team finish as tournament runner-up just five strokes off the pace. Will Almand led UNCG with a 2-under par fourth place finish while Kyle Sonday (8th), Robert Hoadley (15th) and Andy Knox (25th) rounded out the Spartans in the top 25. Both Hoadley and Sonday earned All-SoCon honors in 2011 as well.
The 2009-10 campaign saw Hoadley earn All-SoCon honors and All-Freshman accolades while winning his first collegiate tournament, the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. UNCG posted two team titles during the season with a remarkable 11-shot comeback on the final day of the Georgetown Intercollegiate as well as the Towson Invitational title where it placed five golfers in the top 12 individually. The Spartans capped the season with a third place finish at the SoCon Championships with a 3-over par score of 867.
In 2008-09, Stewart directed the Spartans to a trio of top-five team finishes during the season. UNCG placed third at the Palma Del Mar while posting fifth place finishes at both the Bridgestone Collegiate and the Towson Intercollegiate. Will Bowman tied for fifth at the SoCon Championship and earned All-Southern Conference honors. He also picked up his first career win during the season, taking medalist honors at the Palma Del Mar Intercollegiate.
The 2007-08 season was a memorable one for the Spartans as Stamey finished second at the Southern Conference Championship with a 1-under par 215. He also became the first Spartan in the NCAA Division I era to earn a spot as an individual in the NCAA postseason and the first Spartan at any level to earn a spot in the postseason since 1981.
In 2006-07, the Spartans finished fifth in the Southern Conference Championship. The team was led by Bass, who won the individual championship with a 3-under par 213, marking the Spartans first individual champion as a member of the SoCon. Additionally, UNCG captured the title at the 2006 Sam Hall Intercollegiate, ending with a six-under-par 845, a school-record 54-hole total. Following the win, the Spartans were named Golfweek’s National Men’s Collegiate Team of the Week. As a team, UNCG also finished second at both the Cavalier Classic (892) and the Mission Inn Collegiate Invite (874).
In his fifth season at UNCG, Stewart helped the Spartans to seven top-10 finishes, including three top-five finishes in 2005-06. UNCG placed seventh at the Southern Conference Championships and were led by Stamey’s fourth-place finish, which earned him second team All-Conference honors.
In 2004-05, UNCG placed fourth at the SoCon Championships, while Jake Lowder and Bass were each named to the SoCon All-Conference team for their efforts during the course of the season. Led by Stamey’s first-place finish in the opening tournament of the season, the Spartans took home second-place honors at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate. In a second tourney hosted by UNCG, the Spartans picked up a third-place finish at the Forest Oaks Intercollegiate – what is now UNCG’s annual fall Bridgestone Collegiate – in the final tournament of the regular season. Sandwiched in between, Stewart watched as the Spartans posted top-five finishes in five of their other seven regular-season tournaments, including a second-place showing at the 49er Collegiate Classic.
The 2003-04 campaign was a breakthrough season as the Spartans posted a tie for second at the SoCon Championship, which represented the best finish in school history. In March 2004, the Spartans claimed top honors at the Winthrop-Waterford Invitational. The tournament crown for the Spartans was their first since the 1999-2000 season, when UNCG took top honors at the Southern California Intercollegiate. Andy Bare and Bass took home medalist honors in two tournaments each. Bare was named First Team All-SoCon for the second consecutive season while Nick Baker was named Second-Team All-SoCon.
In just his second season, Stewart guided the Spartan squad to a fifth-place finish in the 2003 SoCon Championship. At the time, it was the program’s best finish in its six-year history in the Southern Conference. In his first season at UNCG, Stewart led a very young Spartan squad to a seventh-place finish at the 2002 SoCon tournament. The Spartans’ top three performers were all freshmen.
Stewart came to UNCG after a five-year stint at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College. There, he served as head coach for both the men’s and women’s golf teams. In that time, he was named the 2001 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Coach of the Year and the 1999 South Atlantic Men’s Coach of the Year. He led the Bears’ women’s squad to the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Division II National Championships. Stewart led the men’s team to the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Catawba Valley/Lenoir-Rhyne Cup.
He also created the Billy Joe Patton Intercollegiate that began in 1997, as well as the Bay Medical Intercollegiate that began in 2000. In his five years at Lenoir-Rhyne, four players were named all-conference while two players earned spots in the National Tournament as individuals.
Stewart graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1994 with a degree in Sports Management. He and his wife, Yvonne, are the proud parents of sons Spencer and Thomas.