Nov. 1, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State University and Lonnie Poole Golf Course have been selected to host NCAA Regional Championships in 2014 and 2015.
"There is no better place on the East Coast to host the regional than at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and the Carol Poole Clubhouse, a state of the art facility, due for completion next summer," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow.
2014 will be one of six host sites for the NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championship, while 2015 will have the East Regional competition of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship.
Lonnie Poole Golf Course opened in the spring of 2009, and since then has earned rave reviews from the golf community. LPGC was rated No. 22 in Golfweek's list of Best Campus Courses, and was selected best new Public Golf in North Carolina in 2010 by NC Golf Panel.
The Arnold Palmer Course Design Company, led by NC State graduate Erik Larsen, designed the Wolfpack's home course on Centennial Campus in 2007.
Just last week, NC State broke ground on the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse.
"When this facility is finished, truly NC State will have the best golf facility and clubhouse in the United States," said Yow.
The Wolfpack men's golf program has qualified for an NCAA Regional 13 times in the last 15 years, and has made 38 NCAA postseason appearances overall. In 2012, NC State finished one place short of advancing to the NCAA Championship, but All-American Albin Choi brought home medalist honors with a winning score of 10-under 203 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
NC State and Oklahoma State are the only two programs to have an NCAA Regional medalist three times in the last four seasons. Mitch Sutton won in 2011, and Matt Hill won in 2009 on his way to winning the national championship.
The women's golf team finished in a tie for 13th at the 2012 NCAA Championship in its first-ever appearance in the national championship. Brittany Marchand finished sixth to lead the Wolfpack effort that week at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The Wolfpack has made 10 appearances in an NCAA Regional, all coming in the last 11 years.