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Freshmen leading the charge for women’s golf

Freshmen Payton Schanen (left) and Mary Janiga (right) are dominating on the links for women's golf. Photo courtesy of head coach Michele Drinkard.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

March 17, 2016

New faces have dominated the Mercer women’s golf team this season. After the resignation of seven-year head coach Gary Guyer, former Ole Miss coach Michele Drinkard was hired in June to lead the program. She wasn’t the only acquisition. Freshmen Mary Janiga, Payton Schanen, Terese Romeo and Ha...

Mercer Golf Team gears up for upcoming tournament

The Bears are set to compete in their next tournament on March 11.

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

March 3, 2016

Golf is a uniquely individual sport, but collegiate golf is different because it combines scores from the top five players who compete. The highest score, the  worst score, is dropped and the remaining four make up the total. The Mercer Men’s Golf team is undoubtedly that: a team. However, ind...

Top five Mercer sports moments of the fall semester

Top five Mercer sports moments of the fall semester

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

January 30, 2016

5. Jama runs away from competition for Julius Johnson Invitational win Men’s cross country runner Ahmed Jama took the reigns as a freshman for Mercer last semester, leading the Bears in all five of the team’s races -- but that doesn’t tell the whole story for the Woodstock, Georgia, native. ...

Mary Janiga: Named for greatness

Mary Janiga’s life has been intertwined with golf since she was born, as she was named after one of the golf courses that hosts The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

October 29, 2015

The game of golf has been with freshman Mary Augusta Janiga from the moment she entered the world. She shares her namesake with the course that takes breathes away  — The Augusta National. The National, host of one of golf’s four majors — The Masters Tournament — resides in Augusta, Georgia...

Women’s Golf preparing for Johnie Imes Invitational

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September 28, 2015

As the Mercer women’s golf team boards the plane to Columbia, Missouri for the Johnie Imes Invitational on Sept. 28-29, the freshman-laden squad will look to improve upon its sixth place finish in its first tournament of the year, the Golfweek Program Challenge. The Bears recorded a three-day total of 894,...

New Women’s Golf Coach has eyes on the prize

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Marin Guta, Digital Editor

September 28, 2015

Mercer’s new women’s golf coach, Michele Drinkyard, has her sights set on her team competing in the Southern Conference championship. Drinkyard, who has 12 years of coaching experience, spent eight seasons at Ole Miss after leading the Birmingham Southern program for four years. The coach l...

Mercer Golfer Jerry Ren turns international dream into reality

Ren says that one day, once he's gone from Mercer, he wants to be remembered as a good student.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

August 31, 2015

The 10-year-old stood next to his father on the range. Somewhere on China’s southern coast, he and the weekend warrior shagged balls. Whack. The ball flew off the tee. It went about 80 or 90 yards — he never hit it short for his age. From the first time he picked up a club, Jerry Ren’s...

The Masters: "A tradition unlike any other"

Justin Baxley

April 21, 2015

Every April, as the azaleas begin to bloom, the world's greatest golfers descend upon Augusta National for The Masters tournament, which is the first of four majors on the golf circuit. Every year, there is always the dark horse who jumps out and surprises the field or a perennial favorite who flexes his muscles and take...

2015 Masters Champion: Jordan Spieth

2015 Masters Champion: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Lee Kirkland, Staff Writer

April 15, 2015

Although he was not yet able to legally drink alcohol last year, Jordan Spieth still tied for second place in The Masters. Spieth was not going to let this one get away from like last year, when Bubba Watson closed strong and was able to don his second Green Jacket. Spieth, now 21, finished this year’s...

Fall Sports Overview

Emily Rochefort

November 5, 2014

Men’s Soccer   In another overtime game, the Mercer Men’s Soccer Team came out victorious against the Wofford Terriers 3-2. In the exciting Tuesday night matchup, the Terriers scored first, making the score 1-0 in the 27th minute. The Bears did not answer until 40 minutes later, when Will...

Coaching spotlight: Gary Guyer

Emily Rochefort

November 5, 2014

Gary Guyer, coach of the Mercer University Women’s Golf Team, is the winningest coach in the program’s history.  The program has been extremely successful since he came to the team in 2008. As of his arrival, the team has climbed national rankings and was ranked in 55th among 256 division one programs...

Fall sports overview

Emily Rochefort

October 22, 2014

Women’s Soccer   After a full 90 minutes and two overtimes, the Mercer Women’s Soccer Team could not overpower the Furman University Paladins, tying the team 0-0. In the Oct. 5th contest, the Bears outshot the Paladins 16-12 but could not find the back of the net. Senior Tess Patton led th...

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