Gallatin High's Curtis set to join Maryville women's golf squad

Gallatin High's Curtis set to join Maryville women's golf squad

Katelyn Curtis, a senior at Gallatin High School, has committed to continue her education and collegiate golf career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

Curtis, a Gallatin, Tenn. native, played her high school golf under the direction of Head Coach Mickey Armstrong. During her tenure with the Green Wave, this 5-foot-5 golfer has averaged a nine-hole score of 48. Curtis has recorded her best score of 41 during her career at Gallatin.

Academically, Curtis excelled in honors classes at Gallatin High School.

"Katelyn is a really sweet girl that will bring a positive attitude with an experienced game to the program," Maryville College Head Golf Coach Mandy Hammonds said. "She will need to work hard to become a better player, but she is more than capable. We are excited to have her upbeat personality to become a part of our program. I feel her hard work will bring her to the top."

Curtis is the daughter of Beth and Jason Curtis.

She joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Hammonds for the past two seasons. Hammonds came to Maryville College as an assistant golf coach in 2014, before taking over as the Head Women's Golf Coach in 2015.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Hammonds led the squad to a pair of record-breaking performances. In September, Maryville set the 18-hole record of 357 – breaking the previous by five strokes – while setting the 36-hole mark at 723, six strokes better. In April, the team eclipsed its own mark, breaking both records by 10 strokes. The Scots shot 347 in the second round, while shooting 713 in the two-day tournament.

"I think Mandy has done a great job of getting our women's golf program established," Director of Maryville College Golf Programs and Head Men's Golf Coach Ron Waters said. "She brought in some new players last year, improving on that effort this year. She does a great job working with her players and coaching them. They are making a lot of improvements, and I'm looking forward to what they are going to do in the future."

Her coaching career follows a stellar career as a student-athlete at Tusculum College, where she was an All-Conference selection for the Pioneers and was coached by legendary coach Bob Dibble. She contributed to a record-breaking 18-hole round of 310 posted as a team in 2006.

Hammonds also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in computer science and mathematics from Tusculum College in 2008. After graduation Mandy served as an assistant coach at Milligan College (Elizabethton, TN) where she helped the college recruit the first women's golf program in school history, before coming to Maryville to help build the women's squad.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.