|Alma Mater:||Arizona State|
As the winningest coach in Georgia State golf history, Cathy Mant has established a national presence for Panther golf during her tenure.
Mant completed her 16th season at the helm in 2015-16. The young Panthers of were loaded with underclassmen as the team builds for the future and looks to return to NCAA Regional play. Freshman Jemima Gregson, one of those talented underclassmen, earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors.
Mant received a high honor in 2015 by being named the coach for the United States Girls in the Toyota World Junior Golf Championship in Japan, wearing the red, white and blue of the USA flag proudly.
She also received the Ike Grainger Award in 2014 from the USGA for her 25 years of service to junior women’s golf.
In 2013-14, Mant led the Panthers to three runner-up finishes, including the final regular season event, the GSU-hosted John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate. Georgia State garnered 91 wins during the year and set several records along the way, including the lowest round in program history, a 283, at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Mant also watched the great improvement of her seniors, including Melissa Siviter and Maria Palacios who each won events during the regular season. Palacios along with Lauren Court and Laura Sanchez earned all-conference recognition.
Prior to joining the Sun Belt Conference, Georgia State was a member of the Colonial Athletic Association for seven years where Mant led the Panthers to three conference championships (2010, 2009, 2006), three conference runner-up finishes (2011, 2007, 2008), and four NCAA Regional berths (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006).
In addition, Mant was named CAA Coach of the Year four times in seven 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 16 seasons at Georgia State, Mant has amassed 21 team tournament victories, 22 individual medalist honors, won five conference titles, made eight NCAA Regional appearances (six team, two individual), and picked up six coach of the year awards as the first and only full-time women’s golf coach in school history.
She has also watched 31 members of her squads earn all-conference recognition. As proud as she is of everything the team has accomplished on the course, she is equally as proud of the work off the course. Once again last year, the women’s golf team earned GSU’s highest team GPA award, handed out annually at the end of the year banquet.
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.
Under Mant’s tuteledge, the program has produced four conference players of the year and seven individual conference champions. With her leadership and guidance, Mant helped Joanna Klatten become GSU’s first women’s golfer to qualify and compete in the NCAA National Championship in 2006.
Mant’s team made its best run toward the NCAA Championship in 2008-09 when it climbed as high as 27th in the national rankings, posting a school-record six wins. With a CAA Championship victory, the Panthers traveled to the NCAA East Regional where they finished ninth of 21, just one spot shy of qualifying for the school’s first trip to the NCAA Championship.
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 Georgia 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.
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 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
Accompanying that victory at Arizona State, Mant 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 developed a strong following of students, many of whom have gone on to play collegiate golf at such universities as Stanford, 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 has served 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.”
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 manuscript 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. Cathy and her husband, Rick Mant, have a daughter, Ashley, who is married to Georgia State alum Charlie Cash, and a grandson named Rhett Steven. Mant received her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Arizona State in 1972.