Coach Christopher Hess and the Bethel College women's golf team are excited to announce the addition of former Blackhawk Christian and Fort Wayne area standout Jaycee Bunner to their program beginning the 2017-2018 season.
Jaycee will enter Bethel as a junior transfer from Armstrong State University (NCAA DII), located in Savannah, GA. While at Armstrong, Jaycee fired a collegiate low of 75 at the Pirate Women's Invitational at Savannah Quarters CC in March.
The daughter of Thomas and Trisha Bunner, Jaycee competed as an individual in high school while at Blackhawk Christian and was a 7-time tournament medalist and 2-time state qualifier, finishing in the top 10 her senior year and earning a spot on the All-State team. During her senior year, Jaycee's scoring average was 37.8 for 9 holes and 76.9 for 18 holes, including a sectional victory with a 73 at Zolner GC, followed by a 5-stroke regional victory with a 69 at Noblehawk GC.
Jaycee's spectacular achievements in high school earned her back-to-back Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Golfer of the Year honors her junior and senior years.
"I thought Bethel would be a great fit," said Jaycee. "The Christian atmosphere, the academics, coming alongside my new team and bringing everyone together to play well is something I look forward to," added Jaycee. "Coach Hess seems like he cares so much about the program and is willing to put the time and effort into creating a great team. I can't wait for what my future at Bethel holds and I am so excited to be a part of the team!"
"It never ceases to amaze me how God's plan works out for each one of us," said Bethel women's golf coach Christopher Hess. "Just a few short moments with Jaycee is all it takes to know that she is an amazing young lady with so much greatness ahead of her – on the golf course, in the classroom, on our campus and in the community," added Hess. "Obviously, she has the potential to do wonderful things for our golf program, but God has even bigger plans for Jaycee Bunner, and I can't wait to see how He moves in her life in these next few years!"
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 18 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study.