Dalton State Women’s Golf Adds JUCO Star

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
From left: DS women's golf coach Jim McGrew, signee Erika Wardzinski, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame member Lowell Fritz, newest signee Julia McQuilken, and women's golf coach Marsha Whitener.
From left: DS women's golf coach Jim McGrew, signee Erika Wardzinski, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame member Lowell Fritz, newest signee Julia McQuilken, and women's golf coach Marsha Whitener.

Dalton State golf coaches Jim McGrew and Marsha Whitener have signed another outstanding junior college player to add to the school’s first ever women’s golf team.

When the Lady Roadrunners tee-off in the fall, Julia McQuilken will join Seminole State College teammate Erika Wardzinski on the first year team.

McQuilken, a 5-4 sophomore at the Sanford (FL) JUCO, is currently ranked eight in the nation among junior college golfers.

A graduate of Riverview High School in Tampa, McQuilken was a two time All American and a three-year member of the Hillsborough County All Conference Team. She has won several hurricane tour events and captured second place in Florida junior match play.

Dalton State women’s golf begins in the fall with a full 2014-2015 schedule. “We are really excited to have Julia join our program,” said McGrew. “She has been heavily recruited by all divisions and has championship success at every level.”

“Julia gives us another leader to work with our younger players,” McGrew added. “She is the type of player and steadying influence that you have to have to win championships. This is another huge piece of the puzzle in bringing our program to the elite level we are trying to reach.”

McQuilken and Wardzinski joined other Dalton State signees for golf at Dalton Golf and Country Club Saturday afternoon. They played The Farm on Friday.  The Farm is the home course for Roadrunner golf, but players also have access to DGCC and Nob North.

Roadrunner athletics are a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Beginning in the fall, Dalton State will compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

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