As the winningest coach in Georgia State golf history, Cathy Mant has established a national presence for Panther golf during her tenure. Now in her 12th season at the helm, Mant is in the midst of her most successful run yet.
In the five years since Georgia State joined the Colonial Athletic Association, Mant has led the Panthers to three conference championships (2010, 2009, 2006), two conference runner-up finishes (2007, 2008), and four NCAA Regional berths (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006).
In addition, Mant has been named CAA Coach of the Year four times in five seasons (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006). Mant holds the distinction of being named CAA Coach of the Year more times than any other coach in conference history. In 2009, Mant added another award to her growing list of accolades as she was named NGCA East Region Coach of the Year.
Over 11 seasons at Georgia State, Mant has amassed 21 tournament victories, won five conference titles, made seven NCAA Regional appearances (six team, one individual), and picked up six coach of the year awards as the first and only full-time women's golf coach in school history.
In the fall of 2010, Mant's team finished strong with a second-place finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Junior Charlotte Lorentzen garnered two runner-up finishes as well as two CAA Player of the Week nods. The Panthers hard work on the links transferred to the classroom as the women's golf team posted the highest GPA of all team sports for the fall semester and had six golfers named to honor rolls.
Last season, Georgia State women's golf continued to build on the success of previous years as the Panthers captured both the team and individual CAA Championship title earning the team's sixth NCAA regional berth. Standout sophomore Lorentzen earned CAA Player of the Year, earned a spot on the All-Tournament team and achieved CAA Medalist and CAA Tournament M.O.P. Mant collected her third consecutive CAA Coach of the Year award, amouting to six total conference coach of the year honors. Along with her coaching duties at Georgia State, Mant also served as a member of the 2009-10 NGCA board of directors.
Throughout the 2009-10 season, Mant's squad posted three team victories, including a repeat win at the 2009 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C. The team's impressive performance landed three members on the All-Conference team at the conclusion on the regular season and earned six separate CAA Player of the Week awards throughout the duration of the fall and spring seasons.
The 2008-09 season may have been the most successful in program history as Georgia State climbed as high as 27th in the national rankings on their way to a CAA championship and an NCAA Central Regional berth. The Panthers placed three players on the first team all-CAA and posted a school-record six wins.
During the 2008-09 campaign, Mant earned her fifth coach of the year award. Newcomer Charlotte Lorentzen won the CAA Rookie of the Year award. Panthers were named CAA Golfer of the Week a total of eight times over the course of the season.
Ultimately, Georgia State finished ninth of 21 at the NCAA Regional, one spot shy of qualifying for the school's first-ever team berth in the NCAA Championship.
In 2007-08, Mant coached Georgia State to wins at the Lady Jaguar Invitational and John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate. The Panthers finished second at the CAA Championship, earning a berth in the NCAA East Regional. The NCAA appearance was the fourth in school history, all four coming under Mant's tutelage. Mant was awarded with her second CAA Coach of the Year trophy in three years, her fourth conference coach of the year honor all-time.
Mant was named the CAA Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading the Panthers to a CAA title in their first year of membership. With the conference title in hand, the Panthers earned their second-straight and third-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Regional. It also marked the second consecutive year that Georgia State won the conference title. Mant guided a young team to two team titles and seven top-five finishes in 2005-06.
She was honored as the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 after guiding the Panthers to their second conference championship and NCAA Regional automatic bid.
Mant was previously named the A-Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading the Panthers to their first-ever conference title and NCAA Tournament bid.
Under Mant's leadership, the women's golf team won a school-record four tournaments and finished in the top-five in nine events during 2004-05. She also directed former golfer Lisbeth Meincke to four straight conference individual titles and conference player of the year honors in 2005 and 2006. In addition, Mant helped Joanna Klatten become Georgia State's first women's golfer to qualify and compete in the NCAA National Championship in 2006.
Mant was named Georgia State's first full-time women's golf coach in September of 2000 and set immediate expectations for developing a nationally successful program at that point.
Her collegiate golfing career reached its pinnacle in 1970, when Mant won the individual title of what was then called the Division of Girls and Women's Sports Championship, now known as the Women's NCAA Championship.
Accompanying that victory at Arizona State University, she was named a Collegiate All-American and was inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Mant helped continue a strong tradition of success in the Sun Devils' program, a tradition that now includes Joanne Carner, Heather Farr, and Danielle Ammaccapane.
After her collegiate days came to an end, Mant played on the LPGA Tour from 1976 to 1986. Mant's best finish on the Tour was third at the Rail Charity Championship in Springfield, Ill. She played in 10 United States Women's Opens, as well as each major on the LPGA Tour. Mant was highly involved in the LPGA player government and served as a player representative to the LPGA Board of Directors as well as the President of the LPGA Tournament Division in 1985.
When she finished her LPGA career, Mant decided to devote her time and energy to a full-time teaching career. She has developed a strong following of students, many of whom have gone on to play collegiate golf at such universities as Stanford, the University of Southern California, Oregon, Arizona State, Tennessee, San Jose State, and Ohio State. Mant is a Class A member of both the LPGA Tour, the Teaching and CP Division, and currently serves on the United States Girls' Junior Committee. Mant continues to teach at Eagle's Landing Country Club, home of the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate. In 2002, Mant was named one of Golf For Women's "Top 50 Teachers."
One of Mant's largest areas of focus is the short game, believing strong short play allows the Panthers to consistently compete at the top level. Mant regularly works with State's golfers on firming old technique and introducing new short shots. She also devotes time to the mental aspects of the game and course management, a subject she feels most amateur golfers do not completely understand and often ignore in practice time.
Mant is also a member of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, an induction that came in 1989. In 1999, Mant co-authored "Golf Coaches Guide to Success," a book designed to help high school golf coaches prepare members of their golf teams for the college golf experience.
Mant was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up in Eugene, Ore. She is married to Rick Mant and has a daughter, Ashley (24), who recently married Georgia State alum Charlie Cash. Mant received her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Arizona State in 1972.