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New name, familiar place for Swaim

Although she's been married for almost a year and a half, Courtney Trimble still introduces herself frequently as Courtney Swaim.

Many people around the Gwinnett golfing scene still recognize her by her maiden name, and it's the same around Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., where she now lives and previously was an All-American and three-time All-SEC selection for the Tigers from 1998 to 2002. That's why she figures it's easier to stick with Swaim here and there.

"I end up saying Swaim a lot so it's less confusing," the former Duluth High standout said.

Although Trimble is a fairly new name, the 26-year-old finds herself in a very familiar place these days. She was hired March 1 as an assistant golf coach at Auburn under Kim Evans, her former college coach.

She was working as an assistant teaching professional at Atlanta Athletic Club - her home course as a youngster - when Evans called with the coaching opportunity.

"(Evans) asked if I'd be interested and I gladly accepted," Trimble said. "I enjoyed teaching at the Athletic Club, but I felt (the Auburn job) was overall a better fit for me in the long term and the short term."

Trimble isn't very far removed from her own playing career, which featured its share of highlights. In addition to starring in college, she won three of four matches in 2002 to lead the U.S. to the Curtis Cup title. She also played in the U.S. Women's Open twice, including a tie for 61st in 2004.

From 2002 to 2005, she pursued a professional golf career by traveling the country on the Futures Tour, the LPGA equivalent of the PGA's Nationwide Tour. She posted some high finishes on occasion, but never finished high enough to earn a spot on the LPGA Tour.

In June 2005, she decided to give up the dream of pro golf, a decision she said, "came out of the middle of nowhere."

"It felt right as soon as I made the decision (to give up pro golf)," said Trimble, who married Billy Trimble on Feb. 12, 2005. "It's something I've never looked back on. I've always enjoyed golf and I wouldn't trade my experiences in pro golf for anything. But it was time to pursue another side of it."

After a stint at Mountain Branch Golf Course in Joppa, Md., as assistant professional, Trimble took the job at the Atlanta Athletic Club working with Chan Reeves, her former instructor. She taught ladies clinics and gave private golf lessons, and she enjoyed the new role as assistant teaching professional.

But Evans contacted her when a position came open during the college season, and her former player couldn't turn it down.

Trimble said a college golf coach does more than people realize, including hours of off the course work. In addition to working with current Tigers, she also spends time on the recruiting trail. This fall Auburn plays in five tournaments, so more travel is on tap.

The duties don't allow her to work on her own game much, certainly a break from the constant practice that goes into building a professional golf career. But she isn't calling it completely quits in terms of her playing career.

She's in the process of regaining her amateur status with the USGA, and she plans to play some amateur tournaments in the near future.

"The golf game's not bad now, I just don't get to play very much," Trimble said. "It comes and goes. My short game's not any good but I can still smack it around OK. It could be worse."

Fricke wins The Oaks Open

South Gwinnett grad Jonathan Fricke won The Oaks Open in Covington with the help of a final-round 65. He opened the tourney with a 72 before closing with a flurry for a four-stroke victory.

Fricke has played two Tarheel Tour events this year, most recently tying for 46th at the Southern Open earlier this month. He shot 70-71-73 in that tourney.

Palmer breaks 16-year-old course mark

Johnny Palmer tied a 16-year-old Cedar Lake Golf Club course record on July 8 and one week later he broke the mark with a 63. He made eagle on the 18th hole to secure the record, held previously by Jim Bulmer.

In other Cedar Lake news, Roy Bennett shot his age of 72 on July 4 and fired a 71 a week later.

The club also held its Red, White and Blue tourney with Jim Bulmer, Trevor Bulmer, Bill Roberts and Dudley Shew taking top honors.

Johnson, Metz,

Bush take second

Braselton's Abby Johnson, Buford's Carrie Metz and Dacula's Thomas Bush had second-place finishes in the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour's Furman Junior Classic in Greenville, S.C.

Johnson tied Metz for second in the girls 12- to 14-year-old division with rounds of 82 and 87. Metz shot 80 and 89 while Duluth's Jenna McConnico (88-91) was fourth. Johnson also recently posted runner-up finishes in Georgia State Golf Association Northeast Sectional events at Athens Country Club and Chateau Elan in the 14- to 17-year-old division.

Bush shot 73 and 72 to place second in 16- to 18-year-old play at Furman. Lilburn's Jacob Keen tied for third after shooting 75-71 while Billy Shida of Duluth (75-72, fifth) and Kevin Seay of Snellville (71-77, tie for sixth) also were in the top 10. Duluth's Kevin Bennett (75-77) tied for 16th.

In boys 14- and 15-year-old competition, Seth Reeves of Duluth (75-75) was third. Suwanee's Alicia Poole (83-88) was fourth in the girls 15- to 18-year-old division.

Walsh wins University of Florida tourney

Jack Walsh of Lawrenceville won the boys 14- and 15-year-old division at the University of Florida Junior Classic, a Southeastern Junior Golf Tour event.

Walsh shot 72 and 71 for a four-stroke victory. In 16- to 18-year-old play, Suwanee's Mark Allmond (77-71) tied for 10th and Suwanee's Kyle Uhles (76-76) tied for 14th.

Kim named to

Canon Cup team

Joy Kim of Duluth was named to the East team for the 2006 Canon Cup, which pits the nation's top golfers from the East vs. those from the West. The event is July 31 to Aug. 3 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

Kim, a second-team Rolex Junior All-American, is ranked as the No. 20 junior golf in the nation by the American Junior Golf Association. She played her freshman season at Brookwood before transferring to Northview.

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