EKU women’s golf welcomes Diana McDonald to program

Women’s golf head coach Mandy Moore announced on Thursday, April 30 that Diana McDonald, the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, will transfer to Eastern Kentucky University. McDonald is a senior transfer from Wingate University.  

Eastern Kentucky University women’s golf head coach Mandy Moore announced on Thursday that Diana McDonald, the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, will transfer to Eastern Kentucky University for her final year of eligibility.

McDonald comes to EKU from Division-II Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. She has played at Wingate since 2016.

“We are very excited that Diana has decided to join our team this fall,” Moore said in a press release. “She brings a lot of great experience from a successful program. I think her hard work and competitiveness will really help our team next year.”

Before her senior season came to an early end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McDonald had three top-10 finishes while helping Wingate to a No. 12 national ranking. 

As a junior, she placed second at the South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 6-over par 222. She also had two other top-5 performances that season.

As a sophomore in 2017-18, the Kingston, Ontario native was chosen as the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and first team all-conference.

She posted a 76.1 stroke average in 11 events, won three individual titles and was the runner-up twice. Overall, she finished in the top-5 seven times that season and helped her team win the 2018 SAC Championship.

McDonald was a second team All-South Atlantic Conference pick as a freshman in 2016-17.

She has proven to be a top competitor during her time at Wingate. During her golf career, she has won the Eastern Provinces Stroke Play and was runner-up once. McDonald also tied for seventh at the Women’s Championship of Champions. 

McDonald is joining an EKU program that only had two seniors on last year's squad. The two seniors will be eligible to stay for an additional season. The Colonels only played two matches before the spring season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The senior transfer will be eligible for the 2020-21 season.

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