Former Northwest Whitfield Star To Play Dalton State Golf

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Lauren Giambastiani signs golf letter with Dalton State as coaches Marsha Whitener, Jim McGrew, and Ben Rickett look on.
Lauren Giambastiani signs golf letter with Dalton State as coaches Marsha Whitener, Jim McGrew, and Ben Rickett look on.

2009 Northwest Whitfield graduate Lauren Giambastiani had a great golf career with the Lady Bruins and at the University of West Georgia, but she still has a year of college eligibility  remaining.

Giambastiani would like to spend her final season of college golf at Dalton State under the guidance of her Lady Bruin coach, Jim McGrew. “I am very excited to be a part of the program and I couldn’t have a better coach,” Giamastiani says. “I couldn’t imagine playing for anyone else.”

The newest Roadrunner was Northwest’s number one player as they captured the 2009 Class 4A state championship. She received GHSGCA all-state recognition.

McGrew says he is excited about the opportunity to coach his former star at the next level. “I love having my first signee be Lauren, who I had the opportunity to coach when she was in high school, and helped win the state championship,” he says. “To be able to start this and have her be a part of this is extremely exciting. I am looking forward to great things from her next year.”

She then played three seasons for UWG becoming only the third player in school history to be named to the All-Gulf South Conference golf team as a freshman.

Her career remained solid.  “Lauren is consistent as a golfer and has been putting up multiple rounds in the 70s for us,” UWG Golf Coach Mike Horn said in the spring of 2011. “She is very long off the tee and seems to be improving her game each time she plays.”

Lauren is the daughter of Candy and Wally Giambastiani.

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