One of the greatest female golfers in Georgia history is set to receive the state’s highest golfing honor.
On Monday, Laura Coble was announced as one of four 2013 inductees into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Coble, John B. Ellis of Atlanta, Lowell Fritz of Dalton, and Albert J. Swann of Macon (posthumous induction) will be honored Jan. 19 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
“Very humbling,” said Coble, who will be the seventh Augusta native inducted into the hall. “I’m real proud for my family, my friends and Augusta Country Club,” where she is a member.
Coble has dominated her statewide competition for two decades, beginning in 1991. She’s won 19 championship trophies and posted 15 runner-up finishes.
In 2011, Coble claimed the Georgia State Golf Association Player of the Year award for the third consecutive year and the 13th time overall.
She won the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship eight times from 1999 to 2010, and she owns five Georgia Women’s Amateur titles. Coble also has helped lead the University of Georgia to three USGA state team championships.
A former University of Georgia golfer, Coble credits fitness and her strong will for her success, which includes wins at the 2004 Georgia Women’s Open and 2005 Women’s Southern Amateur.
“I’m a little stubborn,” she said. “Stubbornness in some cases has been good for me, because I don’t give up.”
Coble is looking forward to her daughter, Katherine, graduating next month from Aquinas.
Katherine will begin her collegiate career at Augusta State, but not to play golf. Though she has a great swing, Katherine is an artist, Coble said.
“We’re really excited for her taking that next step in life,” she said.
Set to turn 48 in May, Coble continues to play at a high level.
She will make a run at another Player of the Year award when she plays her first major state event – the Women’s Match Play – in June. She’ll compete in several more tournaments before playing the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in October in San Antonio.
“The young kids are so good these days,” Coble said. “I just start the year and hope to play well.”