NC State women's golf head coach Page Marsh, who has built the Wolfpack into a national contender, completed her 17th season in 2016-17. She has made great strides in establishing a consistently competitive program in one of the toughest conferences in the nation since its reinstatement in 2000.
In 2017, Marsh led the Wolfpack to its 15th NCAA Regional appearance in 16 years after finishing sixth at the ACC Championship. At the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 12-14 the Pack picked up its first team win since 2013 and Naomi Ko took medalist honors. Marsh additionally guided India Clyburn to a 72.60 stroke average with 16 rounds of ever par or better in her sophomore season, breaking the single season school record.
In the 2015-16 season, NC State posted a score of 279 on the final day of play at the 2015 Landfall Tradition, making the lowest 18-hole team round posted in program history. Marsh additionally led Rachael Taylor to medalist honors at the Lady Gator Invitational and seven rounds of even par or better in her final season with the Pack. The team additionally finished in the top-7 of the tournament standings in seven of eight events contested on the season.
The women's golf program not only has a strong reputation on the course but also in the classroom, as the team has had seven players earn a combined 11 NGCA All-America Scholar honors and has had at least one player land on the All-ACC Academic Team for nine of the last 10 years. The latest honors came from the 2016 season as Sarah Bae was named to the All-ACC Academic Team while Cecily Overbey and Leonie Bettel were named All-American Scholars.
Under Marsh's tutelage in 2015, the team qualified for the program's second-straight and third overall NCAA Championship team appearance after earning top-10 finishes in four tournaments during the regular season. Lindsay McGetrick was named to the 2015 All-ACC team while Cecily Overbey earned Academic All-America honors during her rookie season.
In 2014, Marsh coached NC State to its best finish ever. After spending the entire season in the national rankings, the Wolfpack tied for 10th at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, NC State placed third at both the ACC Championship and the NCAA East Regional.
NC State qualified for the NCAA Championship as a team for the first time in program history in 2012. The Wolfpack rewrote the record book during the season, setting records for team round (282), team three-day total (858), most wins in a season (3), highest regional seeding (No. 8), most All-ACC performers (2), highest regional finish (7th), and highest national ranking (No. 13). Brittany Marchand became the school's winningest golfer and Augusta James represents State's first ACC Freshman of the Year.
In the spring of 2008, the Wolfpack missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships by one stroke at the NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Texas. In the process, however, Lauren Doughtie became the first women's player in school history to compete at the NCAA's when she qualifying as an individual.
Under Marsh's tutelage, NC State has won nine tournament team titles, six individuals have captured medalist honors on eight separate occasions and Marsh earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
Marsh has coached two players to the LPGA tour, as Lauren Doughtie earned a spot on the tour in 2013 and Briana Vega was the winner of The Golf Channel's "The Big Break VII" in 2006, which earned her a spot on the tour. Additionally, 10 former Wolfpackers have competed on various professional circuits, including the Symetra Tour.
Marsh has served in a variety of roles within the golf world, including as associate director of the Women's Western Golf Association, on the United States Golf Association Women's Mid-Amateur Committee and the North and South Amateur Championship. Additionally, Marsh has worked at the Pinehurst Golf Advantage schools.
On Sept. 17, 2007, Marsh was part of an 11-member group inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame after a decorated amateur playing career. Also, back in May of 2001, Marsh was one of six people inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame for her contributions to golf in her home state.
A native of Jamestown, N.C., and a graduate of North Carolina, Marsh is familiar with the high level of competition that is associated with the Atlantic Coast Conference. As a four-year starter and MVP with the Tar Heels, Marsh enjoyed much success in her early playing career. She recorded 15 top-10 finishes, including wins at the 1981 and 1982 Duke Invitational, and the 1982 Pat Bradley Invitational. Her stellar play in the conference championships in 1984 and 1985 placed her on the All-ACC teams for the respective years, and most recently on the conference's 50th Anniversary Team. Marsh has enjoyed an illustrious career since her college playing days. Following her graduation from UNC in 1985, she moved to Orlando, Fla., and played professionally in Future Tour Events and Women's Florida Golf Tour in 1986 and 1987. She participated in the LPGA Tour School in 1986.
She returned to North Carolina to resume her amateur career. Marsh has competed in the US Women's Open three times and the US Women's Amateur 12 times during her career. She was the North-South Amateur Champion in 1989.
Marsh has also earned impressive amateur wins in Mexico, International Women's Four Ball and the North and South, defeating LPGA star Donna Andrews 4 and 3. She was a Curtis Cup alternate in 1990 and 1992 and a US Women's Mid-Am finalist in 1989 and 1990. Golf Digest twice ranked Page as a top 10 player in the nation. She has represented her home state 13 times in the Carolinas-Virginias team matches, serving as team captain from 1994-98.
Prior to her turn to coaching, Marsh was a North Carolina Women's Amateur Champion. She won the prestigious event six times - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997 and 1999. Marsh is also a five-time Women's Carolina Amateur Champion - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989 and 1996.
Marsh comes from a golfing family; sisters Sheree Crane and Amber Marsh both played collegiate golf and still continue to compete. Her mother, Linda, is very involved in amateur golf, playing senior amateur events and serving on the Women's Committee of the USGA.
Aside from her responsibilities in the golfing world, Marsh is the mother of twins, Emma and Rachel.
Risë (pronounced REE-suh) Alexander was named assistant coach for NC State’s women’s golf program on September 1, 2017.
Alexander comes to Raleigh with nearly three decades of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including 24 years in the Pac-12 Conference.
“I’m excited to bring Risë on board to share her experience with us having coached on the West Coast in the Pac-12,” said Marsh. “She’s excited to share in the vision here and was impressed by the passion that we have at NC State for excellence on and off the golf course. We looked forward to having her continue to help us reach our goals of winning championships. She is well respected in the women’s golf coaches community and will complement our long time staff here.”
Alexander comes to Raleigh after serving as the head coach at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for three seasons, guiding the program to nine top-six finishes. In 2016, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association named her the recipient of the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award for her contributions to the game of golf throughout her career.
Prior to her stint in Texas, Alexander was at the helm of Oregon State’s women’s golf team for 24 years (1990-2014) and coached one All-American, five All-Pac-12 selections, had student-athletes earn NGCA All-American Scholar status 15 times and Pac-12 All-Academic honors 34 times.
The Beavers made 11 NCAA Regional appearances one NCAA Finals appearance finishing 16th in 1998. During her last season at Oregon State her team broke four school scoring records, one of which was the lowest team scoring average in school history of 300.5, and two individual scoring records. They finished the season ranked 66th in the Golfstat Rankings.
Alexander has served on the National Golf Coaches Association for the past 14 years, spending eight years as a member of the Division I Awards Committee and six years as a member of the NGCA Board of Directors. In 2005, she received the NGCA Founders Award for outstanding service to the NGCA, women's collegiate golf and the local community.
Alexander competed for the Oregon State women’s golf team from 1973-77 and played in four AIAW National Championships and won two collegiate events and several amateur tournaments during her career. She also played basketball for the Beavers making her one of the few two-sport athletes in Oregon State history.
After graduating with honors from Oregon State in 1977, Alexander competed professionally until 1981 and also served as the volunteer head coach for the Beavers in 1978-79, 1982-83 and 1983-84.
As an amateur competitor, she was a semifinalist in the 1973 Western Junior Championship and also a semifinalist in the 1976 U.S. Women's Amateur. The U.S. Amateur finish exempted her from U.S. Open qualifiers for three consecutive years.
Born in Laurel, Miss., Alexander grew up in Hot Springs, Ark., and began playing golf at the age of eight. She had a spectacular junior golf career that included two Arkansas Junior Championships, two Arkansas High School Championships and Oregon High School and Pacific Northwest Junior Championships.
Alexander has two grown children, Laura and Joey Lakowske.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Sally Austin enters her second year on the NC State women's golf staff after compiling nearly 16 years of head coaching experience at North Carolina.
In Austin's 15 seasons as head coach, North Carolina finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships six times.
The Tar Heels won six tournament titles, and six players captured 13 individual championships with Austin at the helm. Players under Austin earned seven All-American and 16 All-ACC mentions. Under Austin's guidance, Marcy Newton was selected ACC Rookie of the Year in 1996-97 and was named to the 1999 Golfweek Sagarin Mid Atlantic/East District First Team.
Austin was named LPGA Coach of the Year in 2004. In 1999, she was named the LPGA SE Section Coach of the Year.
In 1995, North Carolina posted its best finish at the NCAA Championships under Austin, finishing eighth-nationally. Austin guided the Tar Heels to 14 NCAA Regional appearances, including 11-straight from 1994 to 2004.
A native of Raeford, N.C., Austin took over head coaching duties of the women's golf team after the 1992-93 season. Austin replaced longtime Tar Heel coach Dot Gunnells after serving as an assistant to Gunnells since 1983. While on staff, Austin coached current Wolfpack head coach Page Marsh.
In addition to her tenure as assistant coach, Austin was a member of the Tar Heels' first varsity program in 1973-74. Austin competed during all four years from the team's inception until graduation, capturing the 1974-75 UNC-CH Invitational individual title.
Upon graduation from North Carolina in 1977 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Austin continued her pursuit of golf. The winner of the 1979 North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship, Austin won events on the Women's Professional Golf Tour and the Futures Tour. She received her LPGA Tour card in 1987.
In addition to the one-year LPGA experience, Austin played for five years on mini-tours across the country (1980-85), two years on the Asian Tour (1984-85) and one year on the WPGA European Tour (1986). At the 2007 SkyCaddie LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship, she was the runner-up, losing by just a single stroke in the senior division.
Austin has been a golf instructor at the Pine Needles Schools in Pinehurst since 1978, where she has worked under the supervision of Peggy Kirk Bell. She also was a golf instructor from 1986-89 at the Ben Sutton Golf Schools and from 1989-94 at the Craft-Zavichas Schools.Austin holds an LPGA Class A Teaching Certification.
As a volunteer assistant for NC State, Austin splits time between her duties with the Pack and teaching full time at Chapel Hill C.C. and Pine Needles.