Golf Teams Seek ACC Championship
April 14, 2005
The NC State golf teams begin play in the ACC Championships this weekend as the Wolfpack looks to build upon recent momentum. The women's team, ranked 37th in the nation by Golfweek, tees off Friday morning at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., as the men's squad begins Friday morning at Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C.
Banks Wood leads the men's team with a 75.1 stroke average this spring. Wood, Taylor Crosby, Jerry Richardson, Garry Hill and Stephen Lewton make up the Wolfpack lineup, the same gang that took fourth place last week at NC State's Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate, finishing nine-under-par and ahead of 12 higher-ranked teams. NC State will once again be up against a tough group at the ACC Championship, as No. 3 Georgia Tech headlines a 10-team field that features four top-40 squads.
Lorraine Ballerano leads the women's team with a 76.2 stroke average this spring. The Wolfpack will deploy Ballerano, Ashlee Dean, Molly Birmingham, Nancy Mountcastle and Colby Cobb at the ACC Championship. NC State is coming off a 10th place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate in tough conditions and an even tougher field of 17 teams that included nine top-25 squads. Top-ranked Duke headlines the eight-team field at the ACC Championship that includes four top-40 clubs and No. 41 Miami.
Both tournaments are three-day, 54-hole events with one round of 18 holes played each day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. NC State's men will be paired with Florida State in the first round and the Wolfpack women will play with the Seminoles and Maryland the first day.
NC State's highest finish at an ACC Women's Golf Championship is third in 2002. 2005 marks the 17th annual ACC Women's Golf Championship and the fifth year of NC State women's golf - after a 15-year hiatus from its original five-year run. Under the direction of head coach Page Marsh, the Wolfpack looks to make its fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Regional Championships and aims to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time.
The Wolfpack won the 1990 ACC Men's Golf Championship and has finished the runner-up seven times. This is the 52nd annual ACC Men's Golf Championship and Hall of Fame head coach Richard Sykes is in his 34th year at the helm of NC State. The Pack has its work cut out of itself if NC State is to play this postseason, but a strong showing this weekend will go a long way towards that goal.
A closer look at the NC State men's lineup...
A closer look at the NC State women's lineup...