Mauldin chooses Guilford

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

Sure, there are days Greg Mauldin doesn’t feel like working on his golf game. But those days, which are few and far between, are almost always met with a determination to improve.
That’s why he’s been successful during his prep career and why, in large part, he has committed with NCAA Division III school Guilford College to continue his golf career at the next level.
“It feels pretty good,” says Mauldin, the son of Tammy and Greg of Trinity. ”A lot of hard work was put into it. So, it’s pretty exciting, and it should be a lot of fun.”
He has the unusual circumstance of using up his high school eligibility with one year remaining, having played two years at Trinity as an underclassman and two at Westchester Country Day after being reclassified.
So, a year away from high school golf has been a challenge during his senior year at Trinity. But he’s remained dead-set on playing in college, continuing to work with his swing coach and practice at the course.
“I’ve always wanted to do it for a long time,” he says. “It’s a really hard game, and you just want to get better every day. It can be really frustrating, but you’ve just got to keep doing it and practice every day.”
Mauldin took up the game around 11 or 12 years old, drawing inspiration from watching Tiger Woods play. He recalls playing in a captain’s choice tournament with his cousin, made a long putt and was hooked ever since.
Around his freshman year was when things really started to click for him. He made it to states as an individual and began playing well in some outside tournaments as well. That was a big boost in confidence.
He then won the PAC-6 2A Player of the Year as a sophomore at Trinity, then transferred to Westchester, a powerhouse among state private schools, where he helped it win a state title — keyed by a deft short game.
“Whenever I’m hitting the ball bad, I can always scramble around and play decent,” he says. “I’ve always liked practicing my short game the most, just playing a lot, having chipping contests and stuff like that.”
After his junior year at Westchester, in which the team finished second at states, he returned to Trinity for his senior year. That’s when schools, which he narrowed to Pfeiffer and Guilford, started recruiting him.
He liked the closeness and the familiarity of Guilford, so he decided to choose the Quakers, who won the ODAC championship and finished tied for 17th at the Division III national championship this year.
“It’s just closer to home, and I’ve played a lot of golf in Greensboro,” says Mauldin, who wants to study business. “So, I know the courses well and I’ll feel more at home, more comfortable. ...
“It just feels good because I’ve put so much work into it. I just feel accomplished about it.”