The centerpiece of Wake Forest’s new on-campus golf learning center has been named in honor of one of the program’s greatest coaches.
Dianne Dailey, who came to Wake Forest in 1988 and has built the women’s golf program into one of the nation’s best, will accept the honor at a formal ceremony on May 1.
The state-of-the-art facility is expected to be ready for use by the middle or March. It will feature five heated hitting bays along with a state-of-the-art V1 filming system and the newest TrackMan technology. An indoor putting room featuring the latest in video systems will also be a major part of the complex.
Dailey, a successful LPGA player before coming to Wake Forest, has guided the Deacons to three ACC titles and 12 NCAA tournament appearances.
She has won multiple honors over the years and is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Eagles for Haiti
Scoring an eagle will mean more than a great number on the scorecard for Southern Conference men’s teams this season.
A fund-raising effort organized by Elon’s Jayson Judy will turn all eagles scored by a member of a Southern Conference men’s team into donations for the American Red Cross in its efforts to help the people of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Judy, a MBA candidate at Elon, got the idea off the ground and has the support of all 12 teams in the conference.
“It’s an added benefit to a player knowing that when he makes an eagle, it’s not just helping his team, he’s sending money to Haiti,” said Judy, a 2008 alum who finishes his final season of NCAA eligibility this spring. “I wanted to get involved with Haiti and get a relief effort going. This was the most logical way.”
The Southern Conference teams average between 80 and 100 eagles each spring.
Anyone wishing to make a pledge can obtain more information at
• Amber Littman of Stoney Creek and Brianna Clemmons of Oak Ridge notched top-10 finishes in the second Carolinas Young Amateur Championship at Pinewild Country Club.
The event, played during the holiday break in early January, featured mostly college players. East Carolina freshman Meghan Moore of Bahama shot 75-77 to claim the title by one shot over N.C. State junior Joanna Saleeby of Raleigh, who shot 79-74.
Littman, a junior at ECU, finished seventh with 77-84 and Clemmons, a freshman at Garner-Webb, was eighth with 84-78.
In the men’s division, UNC Greensboro senior Will Bowman was the Triad’s best finisher. He shot 72-76 to finish seventh, nine shots off the pace of former North Carolina player Robert Riesen of Pinehurst. Riesen ignored the frigid weather by firing 71-68.
Drew Younts of UNC Greensboro tied for 11th with 73-78.
The event, open to amateurs between the ages of 18 and 23 who have finished high school, drew 75 men and 22 women.
• Kristin Vincent of Burlington shot 77-75-77 and tied for 24th in the 17-team Hurricane Invitational played Feb. 14-16 at Don Shula’s Golf Resort near Miami. Vincent, a senior, helped Kentucky to an 11th place finish.
• Jonathan Clapp of Greensboro and Catawba College posted a pair of 78s at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City, Fla., and tied for 25th in the 15-team Outback Steakhouse Intercollegiate Feb. 1-2.
• Anna Lee Croom helped Wingate to a sixth-place finish among 16 teams in the Newberry College Invitational Feb. 15-16 at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head. Croom, a junior from Asheboro, shot 83-89 to tie for 22nd individually.