State to Host Wolfpack Spring Open this Weekend
April 18, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – With the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in the not-too-distant future, the NC State men’s golf team prepares to host the fourth annual Wolfpack Spring Open this weekend at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh. The two-day tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday and will serve as State’s final regular-season competition of the year.
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course will play a par of 72 over 7,358 yards. As with Bethpage Black, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straits, and Pine Valley, the course leans heavily on traditional Scottish designs while accommodating the natural landscape. Located on 250 acres inside the city of Raleigh, the golf course routing is dictated by large elevation changes. It meanders around large buffer areas that were left in place to protect streams and wetlands that are in the Neuse River watershed. The buffers provide protected a habitat for wildlife and native plant species. Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson, both graduates of the NC State College of Design, were the lead architects.
In addition to two teams fielded by the Wolfpack, 13 other schools will be making their way to Raleigh for the first college golf tournament at Lonnie Poole since the completion of the impressive Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse (photo gallery). State will welcome Columbia, Francis Marion, George Mason, Loyola (Md.), Princeton, St. John’s, Temple, UNCW, Valparaiso, and ACC foes Clemson, Duke, No. 10 Virginia, and Wake Forest.
The first golfers will take to the tees on Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. NC State’s first student athletes will begin play at 9:15 a.m.
Wolfpack golfers Logan Harrell, Carter Page, David Cooke, James Chapman, and Andrew Decker make up one of NC State’s squads at the tournament. The second group consists of Stanhope Johnson, Jacob McBride, Chad Cox, Wilson Day, and Colby Lyles. Christian Hawley will tee off as an individual.
Harrell leads the team this spring with a stroke average of 73.2 per 18 holes. He has achieved a season-best round of 69 on two occasions and has had all 26 of his rounds counted among the team’s top four this spring. Cooke (74.3) and Page (74.4) have been State’s next lowest shooters during the spring campaign.