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    State Men's Golf Adds Three in Early Signing Period
     
    Head coach Richard Sykes
    Head coach Richard Sykes
     

    Nov. 13, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's golf team announced the addition of three student-athletes in the early signing period on Wednesday. Will Blalock, Carter Simon, and DK Kim will join the team for the 2014-15 season.  

    "They are all very good players and nice young men," said head coach Richard Sykes. "We're really looking forward to them getting here."

    Will Blalock | Forestview HS | Gastonia, N.C
    Will Blalock has been instrumental to Forestview High School's recent team success, helping lead his high school to a new NCHSAA record this season for the lowest scoring round in addition to capturing the 3A championship for two consecutive years. He was the Big South Individual champion in 2012 and runner-up in both 2013 and 2011. Blalock also took home the title in the Junior North & South Championship this July, as well as the top spot at the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational in September. 

    "Will is obviously a top-flight player," Sykes stated. "He won the Junior North & South Championship this summer and also the (Bobby) Chapman, which is an invitational for the best players this side of the country. Obviously, he is a very special talent."

    Blalock is ranked No. 11 on GolfWeek's list of the top 100 players from the class of 2014.

    DK Kim | Marvin Ridge HS | Waxhaw, N.C.
    DK Kim has excelled during his career at Marvin Ridge High School. Kim's team placed second at the Class 3A Midwestern Regional championships this year, as well as third in the state. Individually, he placed fifth in the regional championship and 17th in the state. A native of Seoul, Korea, Kim also came in fifth at the Palmetto High School Golf Championship in March. He was named Union County Weekly's Boys Golfer of the Year as well as Southern Carolina's 3A/4A Golfer of the Year for both 2012 and 2013. 

    "The first round I saw him shoot, he hit a 65 at Pinehurst, which is something that's hard to do," Sykes mentioned. "Since then, I've been watching him for a while, and he's very, very talented. I think the sky is the limit for him."


     

     

    Carter Simon | Bill Crothers Secondary School | Ontario, Canada
    Carter Simon of Sutton, Ontario, has been recognized for his talents on the national stage, competing for Ontario at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Simon was one of just three players selected to the team that earned a silver medal in the national team competition. Individually, he won the CN Future Links Ontario Championship in a playoff this May. 

    Simon turned in another very strong performance this past summer, placing third in the field of 74 golfers at the 2013 Golf Canada Prairie Championship. Shooting a three-round score of 211 (70-70-71), Simon finished just three strokes off the championship pace.

    "An Ontario Junior champion, he's really been coming on strong in the last year," Sykes said. "He was just selected to the Canadian National Team, which is quite an honor.  I expect great things out of him."

    The NC State men's golf team had a strong fall 2013 season, earning two top-three team finishes in four tournaments. Individually, State golfers combined for nine finishes within the top 20 of a tournament field and 20 rounds at or under par in official competition.

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