Jan. 4, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State head men's golf coach Richard Sykes has announced the signing of three golfers during the early signing period. Chad Cox (Charlotte, N.C.), Stanhope Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) and Carter Page (Waynesville, N.C.) will enroll for the fall 2012 semester.
"This class includes North Carolina high school champions, North Carolina amateur champions, and the 2011 North & South boy's junior champion," said Sykes. "These guys are championship caliber golfers that will solidify are place among the top golf programs in the country."
Cox is considered the top junior golfer in the state of North Carolina, and ranks among the top-30 nationally in his class by the American Junior Golf Association. His resume includes two high school state championships, and missed out on a third by one stroke in 2011, while competing at Charlotte's Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School.
He was selected for the prestigious Wyndham Cup, a national East-versus-West team match play competition featuring 10 of the top boys from East and West of the Mississippi River.
He won the 2010 AJGA AccuSport Championship, and had a strong 2011 summer by competing in Phoenix, Ariz.'s Thunderbird Junior Official Invitational and the FootJoy Invitational, as well as winning the North & South championship in Pinehurst.
Johnson won the 2011 1-A state championship while competing for Bishop McGuinness in May at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek.
He also ranks among the top-50 players in his class by the AJGA. In June, Johnson won the 2011 Carolinas Golf Association title at the N.C. Junior Boys' Championship at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte.
Page is a top-20 ranked player in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek. As a junior, he was named the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year and won the 2-A/3-A league's tournament with a 54-hole score of 221. He finished tied for ninth for Tuscola High School at the 2011 3-A state championship.
Page chose the Wolfpack over North Carolina, Georgia, Northwestern, Virginia and Oklahoma State (where his older brother, Drew, plays golf).
He was a 2010 second-team All-State golf team selection by the Carolinas Golf Association.