The Peach Belt Conference Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Savannah State University as an associate member for women’s golf. The Tigers will begin competition in the PBC this fall and participate in the 2022 women’s golf tournament.
“We are excited to welcome Savannah State as an associate member,” said PBC commissioner David Brunk. “Special thanks to Athletic Director Opio Mashariki and President Kimberly Ballard-Washington for making this historic move for the women’s golf program. We feel that Savannah State will be a significant addition to our women’s golf championship and we are very pleased to provide them a conference home.”
The Savannah State women’s golf program began in 2000 and has operated as an independent competing on the NCAA Division I (2000-2019) and NCAA Division II (2019-Present) levels. This is the first conference affiliation for Savannah State women’s golf. Since inception, the Lady Tigers have won seven tournaments and made eight appearances at the PGA National Minority Championship (PGA Works Collegiate Championship).
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our women’s golf program to continue to compete at a very high level,” Ballard-Washington said. “We look forward to the comradery I know we will experience in the Peach Belt, as our women’s golf program has the opportunity to compete for a championship, weekly awards and recognition in a competitive and successful conference. I am looking forward to great things from our student-athletes in women’s golf.”
The Peach Belt began women’s golf as a league championship in the 2009-10 season. 13 PBC women’s golfers have been named All-Americans in that time and PBC teams have competed in the last nine NCAA regional events with five individuals qualifying for the National Championships.
“We’re very excited for our women’s golf program to be included as an associate member in the Peach Belt Conference,” Mashariki said. “This is a milestone for the program. Thank you to Commissioner Brunk for his efforts in this move. We look forward to a prosperous new era for our women’s golf program.”
Savannah State Athletics began in 1902 with a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Over the last 119 years, the Tigers have earned championship titles in multiple divisions and conferences across several of its programs. Savannah State has produced professional baseball players, basketball players, football players and multiple Olympic athletes. Today, the Tigers field 15 men’s and women’s sports competing at the NCAA Division II level. Twelve programs are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
SSU will compete in the 2022 Peach Belt Championships April 15-17. Further details about the championship will be released in the coming weeks.