CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. - Sally Austin, former women's golf coach at the University of North Carolina, has been named the 2014 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women's Golf Coaches Association's (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Austin will be formally recognized at the WGCA Hall of Fame Luncheon which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, December 10. The ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In Sally Austin's 15 seasons as head coach, North Carolina finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships six times. The Tar Heels won six tournament titles, and six players captured 13 individual championships with her at the helm. Players under Austin earned seven WGCA All-American and 16 All-ACC selections. She was named LPGA Coach of the Year in 2004.
A native of Raeford, N.C., Austin took over head coaching duties of the women's golf team after the 1992-93 season. Austin replaced longtime Tar Heel coach Dot Gunnells after serving as an assistant to Gunnells since 1983. In addition to her tenure as assistant coach, Austin was a member of the Tar Heels' first varsity program in 1973-74. Austin competed during all four years from the team's inception until graduation, capturing the 1974-75 UNC-CH Invitational individual title.
Upon graduation from North Carolina in 1977 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Austin continued her pursuit of golf. The winner of the 1979 North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship, Austin won events on the Women's Professional Golf Tour and the Futures Tour. She received her LPGA Tour card in 1987.
In addition to the one-year LPGA experience, Austin played for five years on mini-tours across the country (1980-85), two years on the Asian Tour (1984-85) and one year on the WPGA European Tour (1986).
Austin has been a golf instructor at the Pine Needles Schools in Pinehurst since 1978, where she has worked under the supervision of Peggy Kirk Bell. She also was a golf instructor from 1986-89 at the Ben Sutton Golf Schools and from 1989-94 at the Craft-Zavichas Schools. Austin holds an LPGA Class A Teaching Certification. Austin served for several years as the Treasurer of the WGCA
Now as a volunteer assistant for NC State, Austin splits time between her duties with the team and teaching full time at Chapel Hill Country Club and Pine Needles.