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    Lauren Harling and the NC State women's golf team tees off the 2005-06 season Monday at the Cougar Classic
    Lauren Harling and the NC State women's golf team tees off the 2005-06 season Monday at the Cougar Classic

    Sept. 11, 2005

    HANAHAN, S.C. - The NC State women's golf team opens its 2005-06 season at the Cougar Classic Sept. 11-12. The Wolfpack will play the par 72 Yeaman's Hall Club in a 19-team tournament featuring eight teams that finished in the top 40 last year, including top 10 squads Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.

    NC State returns four of five starters from the most successful team in the program's history. The Wolfpack recorded eight top 10 finishes last season, including a tie for third place at the ACC Championship. Head coach Page Marsh, who resurrected the NC State women's golf program in 2000 after a 15-year layoff, is embarking on her sixth season with the Wolfpack and is eyeing more than just a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Regionals.

    Seniors Molly Birmingham and Lorraine Ballerano are the leaders of the Pack and look to parlay their strong summer play into a successful collegiate season. Both Birmingham, a Cornelius, N.C., native and Ballerano, who hails from Myrtle Beach, S.C., tied for first place in a U.S. Women's Amateur qualifier and played in the 2005 U.S. Women's Am.

    NC State played an intrasquad qualifier last week and its top five finishers, Lauren Harling, Ballerano, Stephanie Derrey, Nancy Mountcastle and Jessica Vincent, will make up the Wolfpack lineup at the Cougar Classic. All three rounds will be shotgun starts, with two 18-hole rounds Sunday morning and one 18-hole round on Monday morning. Originally scheduled for Monday through Tuesday, the Cougar Classic has been rescheduled and will now start on Sunday due to the threat of inclement weather created by Hurricane Ophelia.Tournament officials will monitor the path of the storm and could change the schedule further if necessary. Live scoring will be available at



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