March 25, 2020
Former Golf Standout Paige Haverty Stalcup to Join SAC Hall of Fame
ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) -- Former Catawba women's golf standout, Paige Haverty Stalcup, is one of five that were announced by the South Atlantic Conference as inductees into the SAC Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame Class, announced Wednesday, also includes Mars Hill alumna Stacy Lee Mark Fisk, Tusculum alum Dr. Jarrell NeSmith and Wingate alumna Kerrie Porter Unger. The SAC will also honor the recipient of the Conference’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be awarded to Newbery alum Wendell Davis.
"It is a privilege to add these extraordinary individuals to our already impressive Hall of Fame inductees,” said SAC commissioner Patrick Britz. "The SAC is honored to commemorate each of them for their numerous and outstanding accomplishments. They are all shining examples of the rich tradition that the SAC has for both academic and athletic excellence."
Stalcup, a 2006 graduate of Catawba College, was one of the most dominate women’s golfers in the South Atlantic Conference. She was a four-time SAC Women’s Golfer of the Year from 2003-2006, was a three-time SAC Women’s Golf Tournament Medalist from 2004-2006 and was named the SAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.
She qualified for the NCAA South Regional all four years at Catawba, with her best finish coming in 2006 when she finished eighth overall. She was a 2006 First Team All-American and was an honorable mention All-American in 2003. Stalcup helped lead the Catawba Indians to back-to-back SAC Women’s Golf Titles in 2005 and 2006. She won 13 tournaments in her career and was runner-up nine times. She holds the Catawba record for career stroke average (75.38) and season stroke average (77.91).
As an amateur, Stalcup qualified for three U.S. Women’s Amateur’s and a Women’s Public Links Amateur. In 2006, she won a U.S. Women’s Open sectional to advance to a regional qualifier. Stalcup lost in a playoff at the N.C. Women’s Amateur. She held non-exempt status on the Future’s Tour in 2006.
Stalcup currently works at Home Meridian International in High Point, N.C.
Mark, a 2003 graduate of Mars Hill University, was a four-year letter-winner and first team All-SAC in cross country for the Lions. She was named SAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2001 and 2002, as well as being named the SAC Women’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year in 1999. A four-time SAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, Mark led the Lions to three SAC Women’s Cross Country titles (1999-01) and was the NCAA Southeast Region Individual Champion in 2002. She was a three-time All-Southeast Region selection (2000-02), was an NCAA National qualifier if 2000 and 20002, and was named NCAA Southeast Runner of the Year in 2002.
In addition to her prowess on the cross country course, Mark was successful on the track as well, as she was a four-time All-Academic team selection and a two-time all-conference selection. She was a 2003 NCAA National qualifier in the women’s steeplechase, was the 2003 conference runner of the year and helped guide the Lions to back-to-back team track & field championships in 2002 and 2003.
Upon graduating from Mars Hill, Mark joined the coaching ranks as the Mars Hill race director and assistant coach for the cross country and track & field programs from 2004-07. During her time as a coach for the Lions she had several all-conference selections, four SAC runners of the year, four SAC scholar-athletes of the year, eight SAC All-Freshman selections, a SAC Runner of the Year, a NCAA Southeast Region Runner of the Year, and helped lead the Lions to the 2006 NCAA Southeast Region team championship.
She continued to compete even after her collegiate career was complete, competing in Ironman Triathlons, Ultramarathons and even hiking the Appalachian Trail. She is an active member of the community and is especially involved with Team Red, White and Blue; a military group that connects veterans, civilians and their families through organized functions.
In 2016 she and her family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she currently serves are the Race Director for Equinox Marathon and Relays.
NeSmith, a 2009 graduate of Tusculum University, was a two-time All-SAC first team tight end and 2008 consensus All-American for the Pioneers. He was a three-time SAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a two-time SAC Presidents Award winner and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American twice, while also being named to the 2009 National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Team and the NFF Hampshire Society. NeSmith was also the only NCAA Division II finalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, recognizing academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
On the field, NeSmith started 43 games at tight end for the Pioneers where he amassed 158 receptions for 1,670 yards and 12 touchdowns - the most by a Tusculum tight end. He earned All-America accolades in 2008 while leading the Pioneers to a 9-4 record, the SAC Championship, and the program's first berth to the NCAA Playoffs.
Off the field, NeSmith was an honor student majoring in pre-medicine with his goal of becoming a physician. After graduating from Tusculum in 2009, he moved onto medical school and graduated from Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Medicine in 2014 with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Since earning his doctorate, he has served the Upstate region of South Carolina for the past five years in the medical field. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Dr. Rubel Award for Outstanding OB/GYN Service. He is currently with the MGC Immediate Care Center in Gaffney, S.C. working in family medicine and sports medicine.
Unger, a 1999 graduate of Wingate University, led the Bulldogs to SAC regular season and tournament championships in 1999, while also being named SAC Softball Player of the Year and tournament MVP. A four-year starter and four-time All-SAC selection, Unger was an All-South Atlantic Region pick in 1998 and 1999, and she was named All-American in ’99.
She holds the SAC record for doubles in a career with 71, and also holds numerous Wingate records, including doubles in a season (22), doubles in a career and RBIs in season (54). Unger, a catcher, had a career batting average of .406 and she led the league in batting in 1997 with a .475 average.
Upon graduating from Wingate, Unger spent two years as an assistant softball coach at the University of Delaware before joining New Castle County as a paramedic (2002-06) and police officer (2006-17). In addition to duties to protect and serve the New Castle community, she served as an American Heart Association – Basic Life Support Instructor, a New Castle County Police and Paramedics Instructor and served as a member of the New Castle Honor Guard.
Davis, a 1981 graduate of Newberry, was a four-year member of the football team where he amassed 299 career rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and eight receptions for 58 yards. Davis truly shined after life at Newberry when he began his career in law enforcement and public safety.
After graduating from Newberry, Davis joined the Aiken, S.C. Department of Public Safety where he served until 1993 when he was named Chief of Police in Orangeburg, S.C. A year later, he successfully merged the fire and police departments into one unit, the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. He assisted the department in gaining accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2003, becoming one of just three South Carolina departments to meet the 464 national and international standards.
Under his guidance the Orangeburg Insurance Services Office rating was cut in half, reducing fire risk and reducing costs for residents living in the area. Regarded by many as a front-line leader, Davis was known for stepping out from behind the desk to personally engage crime.
In addition to his work in law enforcement and public safety, Davis has been very active in his community, including co-founding Simba/Rites of Passage Program in Aiken which assists young African American males transitioning from boyhood to manhood. He was also the Organizer/Chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee in Aiken which was formed to hone in on the needs of the youth in Aiken county. He worked with Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Aiken, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Orangeburg and is a member of the Orangeburg Rotary Club. He received the Alpha Phi Alpha Drum Major Award for mentoring and community Awareness, was named the Omega Psi Phi Citizen of Year in 1995 and was the first recipient of the Newberry College Alumni Distinguished Service Award for outstanding achievement and service to the recipient’s profession, community society, or college.
The 2020 South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame Banquet is currently scheduled to take place as a part of the Conference’s Spring Meetings in Greenville, S.C. May 28, 2020. However, with the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SAC will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the date if needed.
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