NORFOLK, Va., – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced today that Georgia Regents University will join the conference as an Associate Member for Men’s Golf.
“We would like to welcome Georgia Regents University, led by President Ricardo Azziz and Athletic Director Clint Bryant, to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as an Associate Member,” said Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “We are pleased that Georgia Regents brings a talented and competitive men’s golf program that has been extremely successful by earning a NCAA Division I national championship in 2010 and 2011.”
“Georgia Regents is an outstanding academic institution and its men’s golf team will make an excellent addition to the MEAC.”
Founded in 1828, GRU Augusta competes in the Peach Belt Conference (NCAA Division II) and field’s teams in women’s basketball, cross country, outdoor track & field, softball, tennis and volleyball and men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, outdoor track & field, and tennis. The Jaguar men’s and women’s golf teams compete in NCAA Division I.
“We are really excited about our men’s golf program joining the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as an associate member,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “It has been increasingly more difficult to make it as a Division I Independent in recent years and the MEAC invite couldn’t have come at a better time. Georgia Regents University Augusta is honored to be a member and we look forward to competing against the fine institutions that make up the MEAC.”
Last season, the Jaguar men’s golf program welcomed new head coach Jack O’Keefe to the team. Georgia Regents has competed in 13 NCAA Championships and has two NCAA titles. In 2010 and 2011, the Jaguars won back-to-back Division I National Championships, becoming the first men’s golf program to repeat as national champions since the 1984-85 Houston Cougars, coached by legendary Dave Williams.
The Jaguars defeated Georgia, 3-2, in the Match Play Finals of the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club for the 2011 title and in 2010 they beat Oklahoma State, 3-1-1 in the championship match of the 112th NCAA Championships at The Honors Course just outside Chattanooga, Tenn.
Georgia Regents begins its fall season Friday, Sept. 12 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Jaguars return five starters off last year’s team, which reached the NCAA Regionals. Alex Wennstam finished tied for 59th at the NCAA Regional.
The Jaguars will play in five tournaments in the fall and six in the spring, concluding the regular season at the 2015 MEAC Men’s Golf Championship April 23-25, in Savannah, Georgia.
The Jaguars join the 2014 champion Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, North Carolina Central, and Savannah State as member schools that sponsor golf.