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Champions in Field to Defend Carolinas Net Amateur Titles

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. � A full field of 119 players are registered for the 4th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship to be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 3) on November 22-23. Overall champions will be crowned in six divisions (Men, Women, Senior Men, Senior Women, Super Senior Men, and Super Senior Women).

Some of last year's winners -- Men's Champion - Brandon Britt of Benson, N.C.; Senior Men's Champion - Jim Steed of Sunset Beach, N.C.; and Senior Women's Co-Champion - Linda Boland of Summerville, S.C. -- return to defend their titles.
Pinehurst No. 3, hole #8

This is the tenth CGA major hosted by Pinehurst (No. 3). The classic 1910 Donald Ross design is the shortest course at Pinehurst Resort. However tiny elevated greens, averaging just 4,500 square feet each, demand precision approach shots. 

This year's Championship is being co-conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association, South Carolina Golf Association and the Women's South Carolina Golf Association for the first time ever

Will Zalatoris Invited to Walker Cup Practice Sessions
The USGA named Wake Forest freshman Will Zalatoris as one of 16 top amateur players selected for the Walker Cup practice sessions.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The United States Golf Association named Wake Forest freshman Will Zalatoris as one of 16 top amateur players selected for the Walker Cup practice sessions. The practices will take place Dec. 17-20 at Frederica Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga.

Zalatoris is off to a hot start in his Wake Forest career. He had a team-best stroke average of 70.18 in the fall and earned his first collegiate win at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Last summer, Zalatoris won the US Junior Amateur Championship and the Texas State Amateur Championship. He has risen to the No. 7 ranked amateur in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

There have been 15 different Demon Deacon named to previous Walker Cup Teams, including five under head coach Jerry Haas. Wake Forest's most recent Walker Cup participants have been Brendan Gielow (2009), Webb Simpson (2007), Kyle Reifers (2005) and Bill Haas (2003). Jerry Haas was a member of the victorious 1985 American team.

Among the 16 men invited to the session are five USGA champions and only one previous Walker cup participant. The Walker Cup is contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The 45th Walker Cup Match will be contested Sept. 12-13, 2015, at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. An invitation to the practice session does not guarantee a spot on the team. The USGA's International Team Selection Committee chooses the final 10-man squad. 

The Walker Cup Match consists of four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches on both mornings of the two-day competition, with eight singles matches on the first afternoon and 10 singles matches on the final afternoon.

Rex Hospital Open Will Return to TPC at Wakefield Plantation May 25-31, 2015

John McConnell and Larry Robbins named as Chairmen of the PGA TOUR’s Event 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare, McConnell Golf and the PGA TOUR are pleased to announce that the Rex Hospital Open will return to TPC at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh for three years, through the 2017 tournament. The 2015 tournament will take place May 25-31. The Rex Hospital Open is the Triangle’s premier golf event and offers a week of must-see professional golf as Tour members compete in the season-long race to secure 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season.

Rex charity golf has raised more than $9 million during the past 27 years. Money raised next year will support patient assistance programs at Rex Hospital, which are available to those in surrounding communities who need it the most.

Rex recently reached new, three-year agreements with the PGA TOUR to remain the title sponsor of the Rex Hospital Open, and with McConnell Golf to keep TPC at Wakefield Plantation as the event’s host site. TPC at Wakefield Plantation will host the tournament for the 15th straight year in 2015.

Rex also named two new co-chairmen for the 2015 Rex Hospital Open: John McConnell of McConnell Golf and Larry Robbins with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, LLP.

“We look forward to kicking off next summer with some great golf at a fantastic location and we’re pleased that John and Larry will lead our event in 2015,” said David Strong, president of Rex Healthcare. “The Rex Hospital Open is an important way we are able to raise much-needed financial support for our patients and their families.”

"Our partnerships with Rex Hospital and TPC at Wakefield Plantation continue to grow as does the tournament's impact on the greater Raleigh community," said Tour President Bill Calfee. “In the past three years, the Rex Hospital Open at TPC at Wakefield Plantation has produced exciting finishes and great champions who are now PGA TOUR members – James Hahn, Chesson Hadley and Byron Smith. We look forward to more of the same through 2017. We thank the Raleigh community for supporting the Rex Hospital Open all these years."

McConnell is a passionate fan of the game of golf. He is president and owner of McConnell Golf, which now owns and operates nine premier private clubs in North and South Carolina, including TPC at Wakefield Plantation. McConnell Golf also manages the prestigious Grande Dunes Members Course and Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach for LStar Development. McConnell is also a denizen of the Triangle’s technology community. He co-founded Medic Computer Systems in the early 1980s and ran it for 16 years, before selling it to a British software giant. In 2006, John sold a second company, A4 Healthsystems, a Cary healthcare information management system, to Chicago-based Allscripts before founding McConnell Golf.  

"It is my hope that we can take the tournament and Rex's charity mission to a new level for the next three years," McConnell said. “This tournament is such a great spectator event and the Triangle is fortunate to have professional golf playing here in late spring for family fun.”

Robbins is one of this region’s most respected lawyers and a partner with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP. Robbins’ practice focuses on the capital formation process and mergers and acquisitions. He serves as a trusted advisor to large and small companies as they navigate and evaluate their financial alternatives and as they design their corporate governance principles. In addition, Robbins is involved in the local community, serving as a board member for the North Carolina Technology Association and the Carolina Ballet, and as president of the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation.

“The Rex Hospital Open provides much needed financial assistance to cover the cost of healthcare services and medications for underinsured and uninsured individuals here in the Research Triangle region,” Robbins said. “I have participated in the Rex Hospital Open for many years and it is truly humbling to raise resources for these worthy causes and the extraordinary commitment of the volunteers, sponsors and players to making our community a better place to live.”

Men’s Golf Adds Three in Early Signing Period
Justin Hood, Nolan Mills Jr., and Davis Richards will join Pack for 2015-16 season

RALEIGH – The NC State men’s golf team added three student athletes to its future ranks recently during the early signing period. Joining the Wolfpack in advance of the 2015-16 season will be Justin Hood, Nolan Mills, and Davis Richards. 

“I think this is a strong class,” said head coach Richard Sykes. “I’m very excited about all three of these guys. Each one is a really good player and I don’t know of any weaknesses they have.” 

Justin Hood | Calhoun Academy | St. Matthews, S.C. 
Coming to Raleigh by way of Calhoun Academy in St. Matthews, S.C., Justin Hood is an accomplished golfer with two consecutive SCISA Class 2-A golf titles under his belt. Just this past summer, he claimed his first junior golf championship at the Blade Junior Golf Classic after winning a three-way playoff. He then went on to finish fourth in the Carolinas Junior and 12th at the Big I National Championship. 

“He’s been a good player for quite a while,” Sykes said. “He has a great short game. When you look at him, he’s a little small in stature, but he is not a short hitter. I think he’s going to be a really good player for us.” 

Hood is ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of South Carolina for the class of 2015, is a two-time all-state selection, and a four-time all-region player. 

Nolan Mills Jr. | Myers Park HS | Charlotte, N.C. 
The son of a former Wolfpack golfer who earned All-American honors and an individual ACC championship in 1983, Nolan Mills Jr. comes to Raleigh by way of Myers Park high school in Charlotte, N.C. 

Mills is the recent winner of this summer’s Dogwood State Junior Championship, taking first place at Sapon Ridge Country Club (Lexington, N.C.) with a three-round score of 204 (-9). Just a few weeks prior to that tournament, Mills tied for fourth among the field of 62 at the Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship in Camden, S.C., missing the top spot by just three strokes. 

“I’ve been watching him for the last few years and thinking of all the reasons I should not recruit him because of how great his father was,” Sykes said. “He was kind of a late bloomer and I thought to myself ‘are you crazy? This guy can really play!’ 

“Nolan has worked hard and has an outstanding game. He really proved it late in the summer at the Dogwood State Junior, winning that going away.” 

Davis Richards | South Rowan HS | China Grove, N.C. 
Davis Richards comes to NC State by way of South Rowan high school in China Grove, N.C. 

“Davis is a very fine player, and he’s someone who I expect to make a huge impact,” Sykes said. “He’s a very powerful player. He hits very long and powerful, yet still has a great touch. The first few times I watched him play I knew that he was going to be something very special.” 

Davis is the fourth ranked junior in the state of North Carolina for the 2015 class. He just came off a win at Irish Creek Junior shooting 62 -72. He qualified for the sectional qualifying at the U.S. Open and competed in the U.S. Junior. 

He is a Carter Cheves Memorial Scholarship Recipient for exhibiting a love for people and a willingness to encourage and serve others. Davis is also one of 14 finalists in the nation for the USGA-AJGA President’s Leadership Award that recognizes junior golfers who demonstrate leadership, character and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links Program. 

The NC State men’s golf team had a strong fall season, posting a 25-17 record and claiming a tournament title at the 2014 Wolfpack Intercollegiate. The team will begin the spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic from Feb. 22-24. 

Ashworth Signs National Letter Of Intent With Pirates


GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina Head Women’s Golf Coach Kevin Williams has announced that Catherine Ashworth has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf for the Pirates during the 2015-16 season.

"We are very excited to have Catherine join our women's golf program,” Williams said. “She is a very dynamic and explosive golfer, who will make an great addition to our team. Catherine has a powerful swing and is a grinder on the course. Her fighting spirit, club head speed and athleticism make me excited about her potential impact on our program. In addition to being a really good golfer, she is an excellent student and will be a great fit for our team."

Catherine Ashworth, Fuquay Varina, N.C. (Fuquay Varina High School)

Four-time North Carolina All-State team selection … Two-time Tri-9 4A Conference Player-of-the-Year as a freshman (2011) and senior (2014) … Posted a 34.8 scoring average in 2014 … Finished second at the NCHSAA State 4A playoffs with a 6-over 146 (74-72) … Claimed medalist honors at the 48th Twin States Junior Championships in 2014 with a 1-over 143 (73-70), her first career Carolina Golf Association (CGA) championship … Won the 34th North and South Junior Championships in 2012 with a 1-over 217 (71-73-73) claiming a five-shot victory, which was play at the Pinehurst Resort.

The Pirates, who are ranked No. 61 by GolfStat, closed the fall season with a 38-20 record with a pair of Top 4 finishes including a team title in their first event of the year at the Minnesota Invitational. ECU will return to action on Feb. 8 when it travels to Orlando, Fla. to participate in the UCF Challenge, which well be played at the Eagle Creek Golf Club.

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