ATLANTA – Georgia State women’s golf coach Cathy Mant who has led the Panthers for nearly 20 years and who hails from Eugene, Oregon, will be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame on April 26 at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash.
Mant, who was born in Washington before moving to Oregon, excelled collegiately at Arizona State, before enjoying 10 years on the LPGA Tour. She became the first full-time women’s golf head at Georgia State in 2000.
“I was very fortunate to grow up playing golf in the Pacific Northwest,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Along the way I competed against many talented players and was mentored by a number of very successful individuals who helped shape my career. The list of former inductees in the Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame includes many of these noted players along with many influential people who have made tremendous contributions to the history of golf in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. I am humbled by the invitation to join this elite group.”
In her 18-plus seasons at Georgia State, Mant has led the Panthers to five conference championships while 34 Panthers have earned all-conference recognition.
Mant’s team made its best run toward the NCAA Championship in 2008-09 when it climbed as high as No. 27 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.
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.
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 U.S. 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 received another 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.
Mant was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up in Eugene, Ore.
For the fifth time in Northwest golf history, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA (PNWPGA) will conduct a joint Hall of Fame ceremony to honor inductees from each organization.
Being inducted this year for the PNGA are Cathy Mant of Eugene, Ore.; Rick Fehr of Seattle, Wash.; and Bill Sander of Lake Forest Park, Wash. The PNWPGA will be inducting Dan Hill of Seattle, Wash. and Pat Fitzsimons of Las Vegas, Nev.
For information on attending the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 26, contact the PNGA office at 206-526-1238.