Toledo Women’s Golf Coach Nicole Hollingsworth and men’s golf team members Nate Gonring and Colin Joseph are spotlighted in a Golfweek article about the best walk-on stories in collegiate golf.
“Walking on at Indiana changed my life. I went from a mid-90s shooter to a Big Ten champion and fifth at NCAAs. I was the No. 5 player on this team. A girl from rural Indiana who had never been on a plane. A girl who has traveled to 38 states because of college golf as a player and coach. College golf and (former Indiana head coach) Sam Carmichael changed my life forever. At Toledo, we have a very great story with walk-ons because I have continued that tradition for 18 years of my coaching career. At Toledo, we have taken people like Marguerite Johnson and Emily Hardcastle, who came in as 90 shooters and left with averages of 79-80 and were in the starting lineups their last two years. Walk-ons are a great story. It’s my story, so I love it.”
Head Men’s Golf Coach Jamie Broce sent this for the article:
“This year, we have a ‘preferred walk-on’ as a freshman in the top five. Colin Joseph has been a role model for the rest of the team. Great in the classroom, inquisitive about golf (picks the brains of our best players), is respectful, coachable, and has continued to improve every day. I hope to recruit a whole team of players with the same mindset and demeanor. Can’t wait to see how his story unfolds. We also had another walk-on, Nate Gonring, who is a fifth-year senior who finished tied for sixth at conference last year and played some inspired golf. He came back this spring to our lineup after a semester off (pharmacy major) to help inspire the guys and be part of a great spring. He will always be an ambassador for the Rockets.”
Read all the stories submitted by coaches from around the country here.