Margaret Shirley, a native of Roswell, Ga., and a two-time winner of the Yamaha Georgia Women's Open, was named assistant coach for the Bulldogs in July 2009.
"Margaret brings many great things to the table," head coach Kelley Hester said. "She has great ties to junior golf and golf in general inside the state of Georgia. One of my primary goals is to help with grass roots efforts in growing girls' golf in the state. I think that Margaret can definitely assist with that."
Shirley was a standout golfer at Auburn from 2004-08 and is one of seven players in the program's history to compete in four straight NCAA Championships. She was a three-time, second-team All-SEC performer for the Tigers and also was named to the SEC Community Service Team on three occasions.
Shirley helped Auburn capture back-to-back SEC Championships during her freshman and sophomore years, placing third individually in 2006 after tying for 16th in 2005. She also led the Tigers at the 2008 SECs where she tied for fourth in the individual field. All told, Shirley recorded eight top-10 and 14 top-20 finishes at Auburn, including a runner-up effort at the 2005 Lady Puerto Rico Classic. She also won the 2006 and 2008 Georgia Women's Open while competing as an amateur.
Shirley enjoyed a very successful junior career as well. She recorded five top-10 finishes on the AJGA Tour. Shirley helped Lassiter High School capture the AAAAA state title as a freshman in 2001 and tied (with former Georgia All-American Garrett Phillips) for medalist honors at the 2004 AAAAA State Championships as a senior.
Shirley played professionally on the Florida Suncoast Series in 2008-09, posting two wins and finishing as the Tour's leading money winner.
After accepting the position as an assistant coach at Georgia, Shirley successfully petitioned to regain her amateur status. On July 18, 2010 - year after her last professional event - Shirley returned to the amateur ranks. She qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur the very next day, reaching the first round of match play competition in Charlotte.
Qualifying for the Am was part of an impressive summer of results for Shirley which included a trio of one-stroke, runner-up finishes. She was second to current Georgia golfer Emilie Burger at the Georgia Women's Open, placed behind former Auburn teammate Danielle Downey at the Tennessee Women's Open and finished second to current Bulldog Kendall Wright at the Georgia Women's Amateur.
Shirley received her bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in Sport Coaching from Auburn in 2008.
Margaret Shirley At a Glance
Full Name: Margaret Leslie Shirley
Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Hometown: Roswell, Ga.
High School: Lassiter (`04)
Bachelor's: Communications, Auburn (`08)
◊ Three-time All-SEC honoree
◊ Three-time member of SEC Community Service team
◊ Suncoast Series Tour money leader in 2008-09
◊ Regained amateur status in July 2010
◊ Runner-up in 2010 at Georgia Women's Open, Tennessee Women's Open and Georgia Women's Am
University of Georgia
'09- pres. Asst. Coach