DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's golf team hosted the University of West Georgia at Achasta Golf Club Friday afternoon in a dual match that the Wolves claimed by nine strokes.
Prior to the match, which also included men's teams from North Georgia, West Georgia and Clayton State University, the Saints spent time with Make-A-Wish child Robert from Flowery Branch. Robert was able to put his putt-putt skills on display on the putting green and even shared some words with two former Make-A-Wish recipients on the UNG women's team – Bridget Sandy and LeeAnn Noble. Both Sandy and Noble received similar wishes to Robert as all three went to Disney World as part of their wishes.
With a huge smile on his face, Robert sank several putts as the honorary starter for the match and watched as the teams warmed up and cheered them on as they commenced the match.
After spending time with Robert, Sandy said, "The Make-A-Wish Foundation allowed me and my family the privilege to go to Disney World and on a Disney cruise after my two and a half-year battle with Leukemia. My dream of meeting Mickey Mouse was more than fulfilled.
"My wish made fighting for my life so rewarding. This incredible foundation works miracles for those who have beat the odds, and I am grateful to be one of those individuals as well as to attend a University that raises a lot of money for such an amazing cause."
Noble said, "Make-A-Wish gave me the chance to celebrate such a blessing that helped me save my life. It gave me the opportunity to take a break from reality and get to experience things that any normal person could do. I am truly thankful for all that they gave to me."
NCAA Division II as a whole has worked hard over nine years to raise more than $2.4 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All the funds have been used to grant wishes for children like Robert who are going through life-threatening health battles. The past two years, North Georgia has led the entire nation in funds raised, including setting a conference record with over $12,000 raised last year.
On the links, senior Catalina Olarte claimed her second individual medalist honors of the season as she shot a match-low of 75, two strokes better than Jaime Jordan from West Georgia. However, the Wolves capitalized on having all five of their scoring five inside the top-10 including taking three of the top-five.
Mariana Pelaez finished fifth on the links and second for North Georgia with an 85 while Abbey Gill ended up one stroke back with an 86 in sixth. Casey Truelove finished in a tie for seventh with a 90 while Anna Belle Higgins rounding things out in 12th.
The Saints will close out their season at the Peach Belt Conference Championship at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. beginning next Friday, Apr. 19.