Torrence Added to Georgia College Hall of Fame Class


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce its 2009 class for the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame. Over the next three days, the members of the next induction class will be revealed. Next up is former Colonial tennis player Jay Torrence.

Torrence is the first men's tennis player to earn a spot in the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame, thanks to a stellar two seasons for the Bobcats from 1993 to 1994. He was an NCAA All-American in 1994, adding Georgia Tennis Association Player of the Year honors during that season.

He was also a 1994 All-PBC selection and the Rolex Division II Southern Singles Champion. Torrence was named the 1994 GCSU Male Senior Athlete of the Year.

"I am honored to receive this award and look forward to being on the campus again," said Torrence. "I have great memories of my time with the GCSU tennis team. Finishing fourth in the country in 1994 is something I'm very proud of and it was only achieved through hard work and determination. I am very thankful to my dad for teaching me how to play as a kid and to Coach Duward Whelchel for helping develop my game into a top collegiate athlete."

Torrence joins previous inductees Jennifer Joiner from softball, Phil Arp,John KurtzRusty Kea and Tom Gorman from baseball, Whelchel, Julia Roudkovskaya and Lilia Biktyakova from tennis, Robert Williams andJulius Joseph from men's basketball, Sherita Ballard from women's basketball, David Robinson and Alex McMichael from golf, Missy (Thomas) Swicord from gymnastics and former athletic director and golf coach Michael Peeler.

Torrence, Greg Winters and two other new inductees will be honored as part of Homecoming/Alumni Weekend Saturday, Feb. 21. They will be recognized at halftime of the men's game of a basketball doubleheader against Francis Marion University and again at a formal ceremony in the Magnolia Ballroom, tentatively set for an 8 p.m. start.

For ticketing information on how to be a part of the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 21, contact the athletic department secretary Patti Weimer at 478-445-6341.

To nominate former Bobcats and Colonials for the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame, visit the GCSU Athletic web site at and click on the button for nominations.

Visit to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.