Johnson Ranks Eighth at Schenkel Invitational
March 14, 2014
STATESBORO, Ga. – Led by a strong performance from redshirt freshman Stanhope Johnson, the NC State men’s golf team completed the first day of competition Friday at the prestigious Chris Schenkel Invitational in eighth place among the field of 15 teams.
Johnson is currently tied for eighth place in the field of 90 golfers following the first round at the Forest Heights Country Club. The native of Greensboro, N.C., shot a 70 (-2) on the first day of action and recorded four birdies on the back nine. The score of 70 marked Johnson’s best round of the 2013-14 academic year.
“The four birdies in the back nine really saved my round today,” Johnson said.
As a team, NC State currently sits in eighth place with a score of 292 (+4). Following the first round of play, the Pack is in front of No. 7 UCF, ACC foes Duke and Maryland, as well as Florida, Kentucky, host Georgia State, and North Texas.
“We (as a team) are in a great position to place well in this tournament,” Johnson added. “All of us feel satisfied about today’s round and we are looking forward to making some moves up the leaderboard tomorrow and Sunday.”
Senior Logan Harrell also turned in a very strong round on Friday, shooting an even-par 72 to sit tied for 17th place.
Teammates James Chapman and Carter Page were not far behind, carding scores of 75 (+3) to occupy a tie for 48th place. Chapman’s round was highlighted by the eagle he recorded on the 549-yard seventh hole.
David Cooke rounded out the Pack’s Friday participation at the tournament, shooting an 82 (+10).
The Wolfpack will tee things off during the second day of the Schenkel Invitational beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m.