Sara Anne McGetrick is on the job as the new head coach for the women’s golf program at Western Carolina University. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, McGetrick brings a wealth of passion and golf knowledge to the position, Randy Eaton, director of athletics, said in announcing her appointment in September.

She replaces Mallory Hetzel, who took a similar position at Old Dominion in late August, becoming the sixth coach for the WCU women’s golf program all-time.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach McGetrick to the Catamount family,” said Gorham Bradley ’04, associate athletics director and former men’s golf coach at WCU. “Her passion for student-athlete excellence and proven experience developing collegiate golfers aligned perfectly with our vision for the WCU golf program. Under her leadership, the future of Catamount women’s golf is very bright.”

McGetrick previously coached at Converse College in Spartanburg, building the Valkyries’ program from scratch. During her four-year stint, the program climbed to a No. 29 GolfStat ranking in its third year of existence, tallied team tournament titles at five events with eight individual medalists, and posted a third-place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship in 2014. She also has coaching experience at two high schools.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen to lead the Western Carolina women’s golf team as the new head golf coach,” said McGetrick. “The minute I set foot on campus, I knew it was a perfect fit for me, and I can’t wait to start this new chapter of Catamount women’s golf.”

She is a 1985 graduate of fellow Southern Conference member Furman. As a member of the Paladins’ golf team, McGetrick won a pair of individual medalist honors and helped her team qualify for the postseason championship tournament in all four seasons – advancing to the NCAA Championships three times and once to the AIAW Championships. She turned pro and played on the LPGA tour from 1986 through 1992, tallying a pair of podium finishes during her career, including a runner-up finish at the 1989 Hawaiian Ladies Open and a third-place showing at the 1987 Denver LPGA event.