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Video: UNC All Sports Highlights 2017Relive North Carolina athletics highlight-worthy moments from the past year, including spectacular individual performances, dramatic come-from-behind victories, clutch plays, and national championships in a highlight video shown at UNC's 2017 Rammy Awards celebration.
Former UNC Women's Golf Coach Dot Gunnells Passes AwayDot Gunnells, the head women’s golf coach at UNC for 18 years and the 1993 NCAA Women’s Golf Coach of the Year, passed away Tuesday morning in Burlington after a brief illness. She was 88. Gunnells took over head coaching duties in 1975-76, the third year of UNC’s varsity program, and continued as head coach through the 1992-93 season. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Celebrate At Rammy AwardsUNC Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year at the fifth-annual Rammy Awards Monday at Memorial Hall in the center of campus. The ceremony highlighted leaders in athletic performance, academic achievement and community service, recognizing both individual student-athletes and teams, as well as the department’s longest-tenured coach. (GoHeels.com)
UNC's Ben Griffin Ties for Second at ACC Golf ChampionshipVirginia’s Jimmy Stanger birdied his 18th hole of regulation and the first playoff hole to win the 2017 ACC individual golf title over UNC’s Ben Griffin on Saturday at the Musgrove Mill Golf Club. Griffin shot a 5-under 67 in the first round on Friday and a 2-under 70 in Saturday’s second round to hold the individual lead by two strokes after 36 holes. (GoHeels.com)
Ben Griffin more than a natural talent for UNC men's golfCowan and Erika Griffin never forced their son to play golf. He messed around with other sports, playing everything from basketball to tennis, but golf had a way of roping him back in. “I think growing up with my dad playing a lot of golf inspired me,” Ben said. “I kind of wanted to be like my dad, I guess you could say.” In his first year with UNC, Ben exceeded expectations. (Daily Tar Heel)
8 life lessons you’ll find inside Davis Love III’s golf bagI caught up with Davis Love III to find out what he keeps in his golf bag when he competes. Here are the 8 life lessons I found when Love shared with me the contents of his bag. Always have a backup to your backup’s backup and then back that up: Love carries three to four extra gloves with him and keeps them in Ziploc bags so they’ll be dry and fresh should he need them. (The Island Packet)
Martins Golf Redux: Catching up with a brother actThe sports world is chock-full of successful sibling stories. So what to make of Zachary and Joshua Martin, the dynamic brotherly golf duo from Pinehurst now plying their trade at the University of North Carolina? “It’s an interesting sibling dynamic,” says Pinehurst teaching pro Kelly Mitchum, who gave both brothers lessons during their high school days. (PineStraw Magazine)
Davis Love III in the Hall of Fame, still wants to playDavis Love III's resume is much longer than just winning a tournament. Winning 21 times including a major championship (the 1997 PGA Championship), two Players, four Heritages and a PGA Tour win when he was 51 years old in 2015 are only a sprinkling of his victories. Add in two appearances as the Ryder Cup captain and it adds up to a Hall of Fame career. (News 4 Jax)
UNC’s Katherine Perry reflects on long journey to LPGA TourIt might still be winter, but golf is in the air. Area resident and recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Katherine Perry is setting forth on her journey as a first-year member of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). “I almost gave-up last June,” said Perry, who was raised in Cary and introduced to golf by her father at age 10. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC Celebrates Power Of Women's SportsThe power of women’s athletics is on display every day as Carolina’s 15 varsity women’s squads train, practice, play and lead through their sports. But once a year, the teams join together, along with several hundred young athletes who view the Tar Heels as role models, to celebrate their strength at UNC’s annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Honors Standout Scholar-Athletes And LeadersThe UNC Department of Athletics recently recognized the winners of two prestigious department awards, the Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete Award and the Leader of Distinction Award. Recipients were honored on the Dean E. Smith Center court at halftime of the men’s basketball game between UNC and Virginia Tech on Jan. 26. Six Tar Heels earned both awards. (GoHeels.com)
9th-grader Nicole Adam commits to UNC GolfNicole Adam is going to be a Tar Heel. But she'll have to wait. The ninth-grader at The O'Neal School in Southern Pines, N.C., has verbally committed to study and play golf at UNC. Nicole will be following in the footsteps of her private coach, former LPGA champion Donna Andrews. In addition to attending UNC, Andrews was a six-time winner on the pro tour. (Mansfield News Journal)
Davis Love III breaks collarbone in snowboarding accidentEven captaining the U.S. to a Ryder Cup victory hasn’t afforded Davis Love III a reprieve from injury. Love broke his collarbone this week in a snowboarding accident in Sun Valley, Idaho. Surgery was performed Thursday on the 53-year-old, with a plate and eight screws put into the collarbone. Love was snowboarding with his son when the accident occurred. (Golf Week)
Tar Heels Help Make The Holidays MerryTar Heels teamed up this month to bring holiday cheer to local kids. Through the Orange County Social Services’ Share Your Holidays program, UNC teams sponsored a total of 34 children and teens, providing toys and other gifts. Student-athletes gathered donations from team members and coaches then shopped for their “adopted” kids, based on wish lists. (GoHeels.com)
UNC athletes lend a helping hand during the holiday seasonThe North Carolina Tar Heels have a great reputation on the field, but they have been working to make a similar impact off it this winter. UNC freshman Tomon Fox, Mikey Bart, Jason Strowbridge and other members of the UNC football team helped the local Ronald McDonald House yesterday. (Carolina Blue)