One of the most decorated golfers in North Greenville’s young athletic history, Brian earned NAIA All-American honors in 2000 and was a NCCAA All-American in 2001. He also was a NAIA All-Region selection in 2000 and 2001 and was the Mid South Conference Player of the Year in 2000. He was the individual champion at the 2001 NAIA Regional’s and won two individual championship, both at the Cumberland College Invitational. He was named all-tournament at 15 events during his career, and his scoring average over four years at NGU was 75.2.
A native of Hendersonville, NC, Brian played in the number one or number two positions every season. He helped usher the Crusaders from the NAIA to NCAA Division II as he competed in the NAIA for three years and the NCAA for one. Brian’s coach, Brad Bradshaw described him as “highly competitive and 100% focused on the golf course. He was a motivator of his teammates and they could always assume Brian would turn a good number at every tournament.”
Following graduation, Brian continued his competitive golf career and was the 2003 Carolinas PGA Mountain Chapter Player of the Year following his victory in that organization’s championship. He also captured the 2003 Mountain Chapter’s Assistants Championship.
Brian is currently the Assistant Golf Professional at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta.
LOLA JONES BAKER
A highly talented star from the North Greenville junior college days, Lola Jones Baker was a junior college All-Region selection her sophomore year of 1992, and also made All-Western Carolinas Junior College All-Conference. Lola averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game her sophomore year and had 12 points and 8 rebounds as a freshman.
Lola was recruited to NGC out of Salisbury, NC and “blossomed the second half of her freshman season,” according to head coach Jane Arledge. “Lola became a dominant post player for us and had numerous games over 30 points. She played the backline on our press and had a lot of steals. She was a very, very good defender.”
NGC prepared Lola for the next level of basketball as she transferred to Bluefield State in West Virginia and became a two-time NAIA All-American (First Team in 1993 and Second Team in 1994). She was the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year both years and led the conference in scoring both seasons, averaging 25.5 points and 15.7 rebounds as a junior, and 23.8 points and 14.3 rebounds as a senior. She also was named to the WVIAC’s “25 at 25” All-Time Women’s Basketball Team last year.
Lola resides in Winston-Salem, NC and is a Senior Public Safety Officer for the Forsyth Medical Center. She is married to Shawn T. Baker and has two children, Danielle and Zachery.