Seymour's Witucki chooses Scots' golf program

Seymour's Witucki chooses Scots' golf program

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

Witucki, a Seymour, Tenn. native, played her high school golf under the direction of Head Coach Gary Householder. During her tenure with the Eagles, this 5-foot-6 golfer earned a first-place finish in the District Tournament, while finishing fourth at the Regional level. Witucki finished 26th in the state, while earning a runner-up finish in the County Tournament.

Witucki has led Seymour to a second-place finish in the County Tournament, the District Tournament and the Inter Mountain Athletic Conference. She helped the Eagles to a fifth-place ranking in the Region, as she led the squad to a 10th-place finish in the challenging Morristown Invitational Tournament. This talented golfer averages a score of 80, while her lowest nine-hole score comes in at a 32.

Academically, Witucki is a member of the National Honors Society and BETA Club. She finished as a member of the Top Ten Percent in the 2017 Seymour High School graduating class.

"Katelyn will be a strong addition to our program," Maryville College Head Golf Coach Mandy Hammonds said. "She brings experience and a lot of talent with a strong mental ability. She has the potential to become one of the top golfers in the history of Maryville College if she is willing to work hard."

Witucki is the daughter of Kasey and Will Witucki.

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.