The NG Golf Bulldogs

North Gwinnett fields separate golf teams for boys and girls.  Each team participates in Region 7 AAAAAA.  Our goal is to represent NGHS in an honorable fashion and compete on a high level with the best golf teams in the state.  Golf is a spring semester sport in Georgia.

Gwinnett County only fields Varsity level golf teams. We are among the few schools who designate a JV squad ("Varsity B") as well for a few matches and tourneys during the season.

NG Golf selects 12 players for the boys team and up to 8 players for the girls team during tryouts.  The Varsity and JV rosters may change or evolve throughout the season based on scores and dedication.

The NG Golf Booster Club is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code and gains funding through memberships, sponsorships and contributions. Contributions are thus tax deductible by individuals and corporations alike. The Booster Club is governed by a Board of Directors, whose members serve as volunteers and help guide the activities of the program.

Requirements to Play

In order to participate an any high school sport, students must be academically eligible (pass at least 5 classes in the previous semester), have a CURRENT physical on file with NGHS and be on track to graduate.  They must also have a GHSA physical on file before trying out.  All additional required paperwork is listed under the ARCHIVES section of this site.  If you have questions, contact Coach Payne.

The Tryout Process

Any golfer, former OR prospective, in grades 9-12 may try out for the Varsity team and MUST have a current physical on file with NGHS to qualify for tryouts. Trimming the roster through tryouts has been the norm in recent years.  The qualities we look for in our prospects include:

  • experienced golfers who play consistently 
  • young people that will represent our school honorably
  • players genuinely interested in playing golf for a team which includes attending all practices and meetings
  • players determined to improve their golf and personal skills

Players Who Make the Team

You must dress appropriately on the course and provide your own equipment (clubs, balls, shoes, etc.) to be a part of the team.  Uniforms and team bags will be purchased for the players. All players are expected to contribute financially to help pay for uniforms, golf bag, tournaments, banquet, and other expenses for the season. NG Golf also has fundraisers that all team members are expected to participate.

Players also must provide their own transportation or carpool to practice, matches and tournaments. 

The Time Commitment

Practices are four days a week after school until about 6pm, weather permitting. If a player is not scheduled for a weekday match, then practice attendance is expected. Many tournaments are on Saturdays as well. Golfers are also expected to practice and play on their own over Spring Break and weekends. Our season runs about 2 1/2 months.

9-Hole Match Scoring

  • BOYS: Six players play nine holes.  At the end, Coaches tally the lowest four (4) NG scores for a team total. Lowest combined team score wins the day.
  • GIRLS: Four ladies play and the lowest  three (3) scores contribute to their NG team score. Lowest combined score wins. 

All players must walk and carry their own bags. No electric carts. Push-carts are allowed.

18-Hole Tournament Scoring

Most often, the lowest scores, either individual or team combination, win on 18 holes. Certain tournaments tally a British Stableford format, a point-per-shot round. Birdie scores higher than par, par scores higher than bogey, etc. Highest score wins those matches. All players must walk and carry their own bags. No electric carts.

Post-Season "Cart Path" to State

After concluding the regular season, the top six boys/four girls compete in the 18-hole Region 7AAAAAA Tournament. The lowest scoring team goes directly to State. The 2nd, 3rd & 4th place Region teams (Boys 330 or lower, Girls 300 or lower) qualify for Sectionals the first Monday in May. The best eight Sectional teams continue on to State. Individuals may also qualify for State competition based on low-medalist score at Region & Sectionals. The State Championship is the third Monday in May.

End-of -Year Awards

Many golfers are recognized at our year-end banquet by Coach Payne, Coach Sellers, the Gwinnett Daily Post and GHSGCA. Some of the honors include Team Leadership, Lowest Stroke Average, Most-Improved, Highest GPA, Scholar Athlete, All-County, All-State and Super Six. 

The GHSA Bylaws for High School Golf

Please review these rules if you play, your student plays or you are interested in learning more about the sport. The playoff process is also explained here: 

Our Home Course

The North Gwinnett golf teams are pleased to call Bear's Best of Atlanta our home course. Bear's Best was chosen as one of the top 10 new courses in the United States in the March 2003 issue of Golf Magazine.  Learn more at the Bear's Best of Atlanta website   We currently share the course with Buford High School.