Terrance Stewart enters his 12th season as the head men’s golf coach at UNCG in 2012-13. Stewart has been at the helm of the program since August 15, 2001.
Stewart has led seven 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, Ryan Heisey (2010) and Nathan Stamey (2008) posted runner-up finishes in the league championship under Stewart’s guidance.
Stewart has coached 13 All-Southern Conference selections in 11 years, including multiple selections in both 2006 and 2011. The Spartans have also placed one player on the five-member SoCon All-Freshman Team each year since its inception in 2009, including current Spartan Alex Ehlert last year.
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.
Dr. Bob Christina, a nationally recognized authority on the psychology of golf learning and perfomance is in this fifth season as an assistant coach for the UNCG men’s golf team. He currently serves as golf research and educational consultant to the Pinehurst Golf Academy, PGA of America, LPGA T&C, Golf Magazine and its Top 100 Teachers, Precision Golf School of the Triad and the Steering Committee of the World Scientific Congress of Golf.
In 2008, he was named one of Golf Magazine’ Innovators of the Year along with former Tour greats Arnold Palmer, Lee Elder and several others. In 2009, his research with Eric Alpenfels (Director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy) on how to practice golf skills to learn to effectively take them to golf course won The Outstanding Research Award at the World Scientific Congress of Golf. He and Eric have published over 30 research-based articles (eight of which were cover stories) on the learning and performance of golf skills in Golf Magazine since 2003. Some of their golf research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has appeared on the Golf Channel, NBC and CNN.
Their 2005 article titled A New Way to Putt that appeared as a cover story in Golf Magazine won the National Magazine’s Editor’s Award, which was the first time any golf magazine has ever won this award. Emanating from this putting article and their research was a book titled Instinct Putting that was published in 2009.
“Obviously, to have someone of Dr. Christina’s knowledge and ability join our staff is phenomenal,” head coach Terrance Stewart said upon Christina’s hiring. He has been a great asset to our program.”
Early in his career, Dr. Christina coached various sports (including golf) at the high school and university levels. He spent most of his professorial and academic career at Penn State University before coming to UNCG as Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance and Professor of Kinesiology in 1992. During his 35-year academic career he distinguished himself as a researcher, scholar, teacher and administrator. He has authored more than 150 scientific and professional articles and 11 books. A prolific speaker, he has given over 400 scholarly and professional presentations throughout the United States and abroad; and he served on a National Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Christina, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and Master’s and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Maryland, retired as Dean and Professor from UNCG in 2001. Currently, he holds the academic title of Emeritus Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences and Professor of Kinesiology.