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Shorter hires new golf coach

Shorter hires new golf coach

By Karen Allen

ROME--Shorter University announced the hiring of Lane Pace as its new coach today, replacing Greg Owens who resigned earlier this month. Pace, who will serve as head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams, comes to Shorter from California Baptist where he served in the same capacity.

"Lane is a special man and a special coach," stated Shorter athletic director, Bill Peterson. "He has an unbelievable track record and is also a man of great faith. We are really pleased that he and his family will be joining the Shorter team."

Under Pace's direction, California Baptist University women’s team won the NAIA national championship in 2011; the first national golf championship in school history. Five months later, his men’s team won the NCCAA National championship, also a school first.

In the six years since launching both programs at Cal Baptist, Pace's programs have won twenty-two tournaments, including several over NCAA Division I teams. Additionally, his golfers have had thirty-one individual titles and have consistently finished in the top five in tournament competition.

During this time, the California Baptist women’s golf program participated in the National Tournament five times, and garnered 3rd place finishes in both, 2009 and 2010.  His men’s golf team also participated in two NAIA National Championships. In 2011-2012, the Cal Baptist men earned a team championship and an individual title in the NCAA Division II Pac West Conference Championship.

In addition to his time at Cal Baptist, Pace's coaching background includes both Division I and Division II experience. He was responsible for both the women’s and men’s team at Jacksonville University in 2000 and 2001. During his tenure at Jacksonville University and then at Longwood University, his programs won 5 collegiate tournaments. Prior to collegiate coaching, Pace played golf professionally; winning several major club professional events. He is also a PGA professional.

"I am honored to be leading the Shorter University golf teams and want to thank Athletic Director Bill Peterson and President Dowless for this tremendous opportunity. I am excited to lead the teams and build the programs as the University moves into NCAA Division II," Pace commented.

"My family and I are so excited to be moving back to North Georgia and being part of the Rome and Shorter community.”

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