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FALL 2018

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10 | | FA L L 2 0 1 8 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E K im Lewellen grew up as a top junior golfer in Raleigh, N.C., winning back-to-back state girls junior championships before embarking on an All-America colle- giate career at UNC (under her maiden name of Byham). After 11 seasons as the head women's golf coach at Virginia, Lewellen is coming home to North Carolina to take over the women's golf program at Wake Forest. "I am thrilled to have this opportu- nity to come to Wake Forest," says Lewellen, who becomes the fifth head coach in Demon Deacon women's golf history. "The university not only has a rich golf history, but I also believe in the athletic department's mission of devel- oping champions." Lewellen takes over from Dianne Dailey, who retired after 30 years at Wake Forest. Lewellen led Virginia to the NCAA Championships in nine of her 11 seasons as head coach, earning National College Coach of the Year honors from the LPGA in 2011. At Wake, Lewellen inherits a stacked lineup for the 2018-19 season. All five starters return from a team that finished T-16 at the 2018 NCAA Championship, including NCAA Champion Jennifer Kupcho and ACC Freshman of the Year Emilia Migliaccio. ● Kim Lewellen Comes Home to Carolinas as Wake Forest's New Women's Coach Seabrook Island Hosts Inaugural S.C. Women's Open T he first South Carolina Women's Open was contested at Seabrook Island Club's Ocean Winds Course in August. Symetra Tour veteran Amira Alexander (right) won the professional division by one stroke over Sydney Legacy, who shot a final-round 69 to make a run at the title. In the amateur division, Dawn Woodard (center) added another title to her collection with a three-stroke victory at Seabrook Island Club, where the event was hosted by PGA Head Professional Brian Thelan (left) and his staff. The inaugural event took place after years of statewide efforts, and hopes to become a long-term fixture on the South Carolina golf calendar. ● N.C. Golf Day Celebrates the Sport's Impact N orth Carolina recognized June 20 as Golf Day in the state, highlighting the sport's economic impact. Governor Roy Cooper welcomed golf industry representatives to the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh, noting that the game provides an annual impact of $4.2 billion to the state's economy. That includes supporting more than 53,000 jobs that earn more than $1.3 billion in wages. North Carolina has also received national recognition and visibility from hosting events such as the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club and this year's U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club. Golf industry representatives also met with Senators Rick Gunn and Mike Woodard, talking about the economic, environmental and social aspects of the game, and how they pertain to state issues. ● Charleston Prepares for the 2019 U.S. Women's Open The Country Club of Charleston, S.C., will host the 2019 U.S. Women's Open next May 27-June 2. Tickets are already on sale, and Charleston natives Beth Daniel and Darius Rucker are serving as honorary chairs of the event. For tickets and event info, check out to learn more. ● WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS Jerry Haas Wins Second Carolinas Open The next time Wake Forest men's golf coach Jerry Haas talks about winning, his players better listen. The 54-year- old Haas earned his second Carolinas Open title with a three-stroke victory over amateur Tripp Summerlin at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro. Coach Haas also won in 2015, and is now in his 22nd year at his alma mater. ●

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