Carter Page is currently tied for eighth place in the field of 80 golfers
CHAPEL HILL, NC September 14, 2013 - The NC State University men’s golf team turned in a very strong showing during the opening day of the 2013 Tar Heel Intercollegiate on Saturday, ending the afternoon ranked second in the 14-team field. The Wolfpack was buoyed by a strong first-round score of 284 and was able to hold its second-place position throughout the afternoon, shooting a 295 its second time through the course.
Through two rounds of play, State has accumulated a two-round score of 579 (+3).
NC State ended the day behind only fellow ACC school Georgia Tech, a program which finished the 2012-13 season ranked No. 8 in the nation. In addition to finishing the first 36 holes ahead of Duke (No. 7 in the country to end 2012-13), the Wolfpack ended Saturday’s portion of the competition ahead of ACC foes North Carolina (tournament host), Maryland, and Boston College.
“We got off to a good start in the first round,” said head coach Richard Sykes. “We didn’t necessarily finish it off the way we would have liked to in the afternoon, but we did put ourselves in position to have a good result (at the end of the tournament).”
Carter Page (Waynesville, N.C.) led the way for the Wolfpack on the first day of action, shooting an even-par score of 144 through the first 36 holes. The sophomore was very steady throughout the entire day, shooting back-to-back 72s to reach his Saturday final score. Page ended the day with eight birdies, hitting three in the first round and five in the second.
On the individual side of the tournament, Chad Cox (Charlotte, N.C.) also shot a two-round 144. He is tied for eighth in the field and level with Robert Register of North Carolina for the top score recorded by student-athletes competing in the individual portion of the tournament.
Logan Harrell and Stanhope Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) ended the day in second for the Pack, tying for 12th in the field with two-round scores of 145. Harrell shot scores of 69 and 76, while Johnson carded two steady marks of 72 and 73.
Andrew Decker (Greenville, N.C.) ranked fourth for NC State (T-36 overall), shooting a two-round score of 149. The junior improved by one stroke from the first round to the second.
The Wolfpack got off to a great start during the first round of the day, ending the opening 18 holes in second place with a -4 team score of 284, just one stroke behind Georgia Tech for the lead. Harrell (Huntersville, N.C.) led the way for NC State and was tied atop the leaderboard following 18 holes, shooting an impressive three-under-par score of 69. Harrell turned in a masterful first round, collecting seven total birdies on his first time through the course. He would end the day with nine birdies, tying for fourth most in the field.
“Logan had a pretty special first round today,” Sykes added. “He had a few double bogies but was able to balance that out with a lot of birdies.”
Redshirt junior James Chapman (Gastonia, N.C.) also had a very solid first round, finishing the first 18 holes tied for sixth place with a one-under-par score of 71. Chapman finished the round with four birdies. He would end the day in fifth place for NC State, tying for 40th in the field with a two-round score of 150.
NC State will be back in action at the tournament on Sunday to complete the final 18 holes of the competition. First golfers in the field will tee off beginning at 7:40 a.m., but the Wolfpack men will not begin until 9:10 a.m.