Whitney Wade returns to UGA as Assistant Coach

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Whitney Wade, one of the most decorated players in the history of University of Georgia Golf, was named assistant coach at her alma mater by head coach Josh Brewer on Thursday.

"I'm excited to have Whitney return to UGA and again represent Georgia Golf," Brewer said. "She's extremely competitive and a direct link to the last great era of golf here at Georgia. Her playing resume speaks volumes. She was a three-time All-American and played in three U.S. Opens."

Wade was named All-America by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) three times and was a four-time first-team All-SEC performer. She is one of just three Georgia and seven SEC golfers to be named first-team All-SEC four times.

"I've only been in college coaching for a little over a year and to already have the opportunity to come back to my alma mater is a dream come true," Wade said. "I'm excited to be back in Athens and to have the opportunity to work with Josh. You can tell he has the program headed in the right direction. Everything about the University of Georgia and Athens speaks for itself and then you add Josh, who came from the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. It's a great opportunity. Josh and I are both very competitive and are eager to get Georgia Golf back to its winning ways."

From 2003-07, Wade helped Georgia capture 10 team tournament titles, headlined by the 2007 SEC Championship. She also helped the Bulldogs to a trio of top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships – ninth in 2004, sixth in 2006 and eighth in 2007. Wade compiled the sixth-best career stroke average (74.21) in Georgia history while playing 129 rounds in 42 tournaments. She posted 32 par-or-better loops, including six rounds in the 60s.

After receiving her degree in Speech Communications from Georgia, Wade enjoyed a successful professional playing career. She recorded nine top-10 finishes in 47 starts on the FUTURES Tour from 2008-10. In 2009, Wade won the Duramed Tour Championship by shooting 9-under 204. That same year, she finished sixth on the FUTURES Tour money list to earn her LPGA Tour card for the 2010 season.

Additionally, Wade played in three U.S. Opens. She qualified for her first Open as a high schooler in 2003 and also earned a spot in the field in 2008 and 2011.

Prior to competing collegiately, Wade enjoyed a standout junior career. She was a four-time AJGA Polo Golf All-American, including first-team honors in 2002. Wade posted eight wins and eight more top-10 finishes in 23 AJGA and national level events between 1999-2003 and represented the United States on the PING Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2002. A native of Glasgow, Ky., Wade made national news by representing Glasgow High at the 1994 Kentucky State Championships as a fourth-grader. She became the youngest winner ever of the Kentucky Amateur as a 13-year-old in 1998 and went on to win the 1999 and 2000 titles as well.