|Title:||Assistant Women's Coach|
|Year:||2nd Year at Upstate|
Audrey Church is in her second year as the assistant women's golf coach at Upstate, returning to her alma mater after graduating from Upstate in 2009.
Church, from Greenville, S.C., is one of the founding members of the Upstate women's golf program. She was a freshman in 2005-06 when Lawton fielded the first-ever women's golf team at Upstate. She and her founding counterparts, Julie Miller, Richelle Wedzik and Richia Wedzik, formed a strong nucleus of players that built the foundation of the program at Upstate.
Church was a four-year member of the Upstate team, playing from 2005-09. She helped establish the program on the NCAA Division II level before helping build the foundation for the program in Division I starting in 2007-08. Church played 60 tournament rounds for Upstate. Prior to current Spartan, Rachel Lewis (So., Llanishen, Wales), shooting a 69 in a round as a freshman last year, Church was one of four Spartans to share the single-round school record with a round of 72. She made the most of her time at Upstate, improving her stroke average by six strokes from her freshman year to her senior campaign. She played in a career-high 23 rounds and nine tournaments as a senior in 2008-09.
Since graduating from Upstate, Church has remained heavily involved in golf. She began her instructional career as an assistant pro at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club, one of Upstate's two home courses. As an assistant pro, she has assisted with instructional duties at the club. She is active as an emerging PGA Professional and has reached the level of a PGA Apprentice.
Church has also played a significant role in the development of Spartanburg's First Tee program as a First Tee Apprentice. She is the director of the First Tee's satellite branch at Woodfin Ridge and has developed the site into a year-round program with more than 100 children participating. The First Tee program introduces the game of golf to youth in the area and includes instruction and coaching, focusing on golf skills and life values.