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GSW NOTEBOOK: Hurricanes star golfer Gibson qualifies for Canadian Amateur for second consecutive year; GSW grows sports information department

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

STONY POINT, Alberta - Georgia Southwestern golfer Craig Gibson qualified for the Canadian Amateur Championship for the second consecutive year this week Gibson, a native of Brooks, Alberta, finished in eighth at the qualifying tournament at Stony Point Country Club.

"I played really solid for three of the four days. On the second day, I had it going and was 5-under through 15 holes but doubled the 16th and three-putted the 17th. For the most part I'm fairly pleased with the week," said Gibson, who will be a senior for the Hurricanes this year. "If I could have cleaned up the mistakes, I could have easily been in contention. However, it was my best ever finish at the Alberta Amateur, and I achieved my goal of qualifying for the Canadian Amateur again."

Gibson capped his phenomenal tournament with birdies on two of the final three holes. His success on Par 4's was evident when Gibson finished with the fourth-most birdies on Par 4's in the tournament, which began with more than 100 players.

With qualifying now behind him, Gibson is looking forward to the Canadian Amateur Championship with a simple mindset.

"My goal is to have some fun and make some birdies and see what happens," he said.

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GSW EXPANDS SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT:

GSW named Matt Ensor its Assistant Sports Information Director for the 2011-12 academic year. Ensor comes to Americus after graduating from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in journalism, then spending the previous year as a graduate assistant in the Athletic Communications office at Virginia Commonwealth University.

GSW Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Keith Michlig made the hire and said he was excited about Ensor coming aboard.

"Matt stood out from a large pool of qualified candidates during the interview process. He brings a lot of valuable and unique experience from his time at VCU ... With the valuable addition of a staff member like Matt, I am excited about the opportunities we can pursue in the Sports Information office here at GSW," Michlig said.

While at VCU, Ensor was the secondary media contact for the men's basketball program's historic run to the Final Four of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He also assisted with many of VCU's other sports programs during his time in Richmond.

He will be the primary media contact for the Hurricanes' men's soccer, women's basketball and softball teams. His other responsibilities include assisting with the sports information needs of all of other teams and the day-to-day operations of the Sports Information office.

"I am excited to join the athletic department here at Georgia Southwestern," said Ensor. "I had a tremendous experience working at VCU last year and hope to carry that same excitement to Americus."