When the Dalton State College Roadrunners women's golf team tees off for the first time next fall, it'll be two south Georgia standouts anchoring the program.
Roadrunners' head coach Jim McGrew called it an "exciting day" for the program, as DSC signed Colquitt County's Taylor Marie Griner and Tiftarea's Caroline Griffin Tuesday.
The Roadrunners will tee off their first season in fall 2014, and the SOWEGA duo are the first signees in the program's history.
Griner and Griffin grew up playing together, and decided they'd like to continue that in college.
"We're really good friends and we're both pretty good at golf," says Griffin. "We figured we would have a good chance of doing well."
"We had the same coach," Griner says. "We kind of talked to each other and decided with each other that we wanted to do this."
Griner is a former GHSA All-Star golfer, while Griffin won a state title with the Panthers earlier in her career.
The Roadrunners will tee off their first season in fall 2014.
McGrew says signing a pair like Griffin and Griner is a big get for the fledgling Roadrunners.
"It gives us instant credibility," says McGrew, who coached against Griner as the head golf coach at Northwest Whitfield High School in north Georgia.
"They'll be out playing in tournaments and people will know them, they know what caliber player they are," he adds. "It's like 'Wait a minute, if they're going to Dalton State, maybe that's a pretty good place that we want to be."
Even though it's a new program, the newest Roadrunners have high aspirations.
"Normally, programs are slow to start out," says Griner. "But I think we're really going to develop the program a lot."
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