Former Golfers Return For State Cup
May 8, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – One of the final components of the proposed Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on NC State’s Centennial Campus is a $100,000 players’ lounge for members of the NC State men’s and women’s varsity teams.
A little over a year ago, in a campaign called “The Approach,” the Wolfpack Club committed to raising approximately $1.5 million as part of a partnership with University Development to complete the fundraising for the $6 million, 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, which will include a pro shop, a grill, locker rooms, coaches’ offices and a teaching areas for NC State’s professional golf management program.
Part of Lonnie Poole’s $40 million gift in December 2010 to the university included $2.5 million for naming rights for the clubhouse at the course that bears his name. He announced that he would name it in honor of his wife of more than 50 years.
The proposed clubhouse is the final major piece at the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, which is located on 200 acres across from the Park Alumni Center and the recently opened new chancellor’s residence.
The Wolfpack Club is close to finishing its portion of the campaign, but on Sunday night Wolfpack men’s head coach Richard Sykes and women’s coach Page Marsh hosted dozens of former players at a reception for the State Cup, the annual fundraising tournament for alumni and supporters of NC State’s golf programs, and asked them to help make the players’ lounge a reality.
The lounge – which will include a plaque with the names of all contributors – is a way to connect former players to the current teams year after year.
Among the former Wolfpack golfers in attendance were PGA Tour players Tim Clark and Garth Mulroy, as well as former NCAA champion Matt Hill and Brad Revell, who are also playing professionally. About 10 former women’s players, including professional golfer Lauren Doughtie, also returned for Sunday night’s reception and Monday morning’s Texas scramble tournament at the LPGC.
They heard pitches from athletics director Deborah A. Yow and Wolfpack Club executive director Bobby Purcell about providing state-of-the-art facilities for Wolfpack student-athletes, similar to those that have been built in the last decade for football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and, most recently, men’s and women’s tennis.
“People come and see our new tennis facility and they say ‘Wow,’ because it is such a great place to watch a match,” Yow said. “We want them to do the same thing when they see the new clubhouse and all of its amenities.”
Shortly after Yow was named athletics directors, she asked that the design of the proposed clubhouse be tweaked to incorporate facilities for the Wolfpack men’s and women’s teams, instead of having them housed in a detached building adjacent to the clubhouse.
A total of $5 million has been committed to the project so far. Groundbreaking has not yet been scheduled for the clubhouse. For more information about donating to the project, contact Phillip Wood of the Wolfpack Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, Clark, Mulroy and Hill played together, along with more than 50 other former players, alumni and supporters of the program. Clark and Mulroy came directly from Charlotte, where they had been participating in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club.
They left immediately afterward for Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to play in The Players Championship. Clark, who has been hampered with elbow problems and surgery for the last 18 months, won the 2010 TPC for the first PGA Tour victory of his career.