Sarah Sargent is in her second year as head women’s golf coach at UNCG. Sargent, a former LPGA Tour and Duramed Futures Tour member, spent six years on the Futures Tour and two years on the LPGA Tour before heading into collegiate coaching at Furman and Coastal Carolina.
Last season, she helped coach Fanny Cnops to the Southern Conference Player of the Year award and senior Courtney Taylor to a top five finish in the SoCon Championships. Additionally, Cnops secured a berth into the NCAA Central Regional.
Sargent was a standout student-athlete at Furman University for Hall of Fame head coach Mic Potter, earning National Golf Coaches Association All-America honors and the Southern Conference Player of the Year award in the 2003-04 season. She also was named the Furman Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. She led the Paladins to four SoCon titles and four NCAA Regional appearances, including a berth in the NCAA Championships as a senior as Furman placed sixth in the regional.
Sargent spent 2004-2006 and 2008-2010 on the Duramed Futures Tour where she posted three second place finishes and 10 Top 10 finishes. She finished 14th in scoring average on the Futures Tour in 2004, while placing in the Top 20 on the money list in 2006. She also appeared on The Golf Channel’s Big Break VI: Trump National series in 2006.
Sargent earned her LGPA Tour card after placing 10th in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament and was a member of the LPGA Tour in 2007 and 2008. Her top tour finish came in 2007, tying for 25th, while also participating in the U.S. Open in 2007 and 2010.
Sargent spent from 2010-2012 on staff at Coastal Carolina as an assistant coach and an associate head coach. She helped the Chanticleers place fourth in the NCAA East Regionals to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. Coastal Carolina, the Big South Champions, finished the 2010-11 season ranked No. 24 in the NCAA.
Prior to Coastal Carolina, Sargent spent a year as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Furman, for the 2009-10 season. She helped the Paladins earn an at-large berth in the NCAA East Regional after placing fifth in the Southern Conference Tournament where they placed 16th.
Sargent was also an associate golf professional at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman in 2004. She is married to Herbie Sargent, a former PGA of American professional and a professional caddy on the LPGA Tour for Meaghan Francella.
Sargent’s father Ralph Johnston played on the PGA Tour from 1971-78. Her brother Ralph Johnston played golf at the University of North Carolina while her sister played golf at the University of Florida.