North Gwinnett High School Golf

North Gwinnett High School fields separate golf teams for boys and girls.  Each team participates in Area 4 AAAAAAA, the highest classification of schools in the state of Georgia.  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 that have a varsity group of players and a JV squad that competes in a few matches and tourneys during the season.

The North Gwinnett high school golf coaches select upwards of 20 members for the boys program and 12 members for the girls program every year. The Varsity and JV rosters may change or evolve throughout the season based on scores and dedication.

The North Gwinnett 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. Additional required paperwork is completed via the online platform RankOne.  If you have any questions, please contact Coach Bacile at or Coach Sellers at

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 usually 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. The North Gwinnett golf program 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 from early February (tryouts) through mid May (state tournament).

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, with push carts being allowed. No electric carts.

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 Play

After concluding the regular season, the top six boys/four girls compete in the 18-hole Area 4 AAAAAAA Tournament. The two lowest scoring teams place for the state tournament. The 3rd and 4th placed teams (Boys 330 or lower, Girls 300 or lower) qualify for the sectional tournament, usually the first Monday in May. The four lowest score sectional teams continue on to the state tournament. Individuals may also qualify for state competition based on low-medalist score at area & sectionals. The state championship tournament is held in mid May.

End-of -Year Awards

Many golfers are recognized at our year-end banquet by Coach Bacile, 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