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CALS Open Golf Tournament kicks off CALS Tailgate weekend


CALS Open participants warm up their swings with buckets of golf balls at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus.Becky Kirkland Photos

An annual event to raise funds in support of the CALS Ambassadors program teed off Sept. 18, when 37 golfers hit the links for the CALS Open Golf Tournament. The event, which kicked off the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Tailgate 2009 weekend activities, took place at the new Lonnie Poole Golf Course on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus.

CALS Ambassadors stand ready to assist golfers at the CALS Open tournament.
Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Smithfield, Quali-Pro and the RISE organization, support leadership programs and conference travel for the CALS Ambassadors, a team of dedicated student leaders who serve students, faculty, alumni and friends of the College. CALS Ambassadors volunteer time and energy throughout the campus and across the state to participate in College-related programs and events. Their broad impact is felt through recruiting prospective students, educating peers and networking with professionals.

Among the successful participants at the CALS Open were golfers from the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, who scored as “CALS Departmental Champs.”

While awaiting tee-off, golfers receive water from the CALS Ambassadors.
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course, designed by professional golf legend Arnold Palmer’s Palmer Course Design Co., opened in July during a ribbon-cutting where Palmer presided and taught a golf clinic. The 18-hole, 7,025-yard, par-71 public course, with fairways offering panoramic views of the Raleigh skyline, is the home course for the NCSU men’s and women’s golf teams, as well as a central research lab for the university’s nationally recognized turfgrass management and professional golf management programs. – Terri Leith