NC State women's golf head coach Page Marsh, who has built the Wolfpack into a national contender, completed her 18th season in 2017-18. 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 2018, Marsh led the Wolfpack to its 16th NCAA Regional appearance in 17 years while guiding her squad to a tournament win for the second straight season at the Ocean Course Invitational. Her team additionally saw 17 top-20 finishes. Last year the Pack won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the first team victory since 2013, and Naomi Ko took medalist honors. Marsh additionally saw All-ACC selection India Clyburn turn in 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 and India Clyburn to medalist honors and a combined 12 rounds of even par or better. 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 2017 season as Cecily Overbey was named to the All-ACC Academic Team and earned All-America Scholar honors for the third-straight year.
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.
Head coach Page Marsh announced the addition of Darby Sligh as assistant coach for NC State’s women’s program on June 25, 2018.
Sligh comes to Raleigh from Illinois State, where she served as the head coach for 11 seasons (2007-18).
“We welcome Darby to our Pack Family,” said Marsh. “I’m very excited about next season, and the opportunities and challenges that the year will bring. We are a talented and capable team. Darby and I share a long history in the game together and have a great mutual respect. I’m looking forward to having her here in Raleigh as part of the Pack after all of these years.”
During her head-coaching career, Sligh has demonstrated the ability to produce championship-caliber success. While at Illinois State she led the Redbirds to five Missouri Valley Conference championships, along with five automatic NCAA Regional berths and four-consecutive MVC Coach of the Year awards (2008-11).
Sligh managed to produce success on the course and in the classroom, as her teams consistently turned in the best grade-point average among the Illinois State athletics department and one of the highest among the NCAA. During her tenure she saw 23 WGCA All-American Scholars, 18 All-MVC selections, nine MVC All-Scholar Athletes, five individual conference champions, one MVC Golfer of the Year and one MVC Rookie of the Year.
Prior to Illinois State she was the head coach at Newberry College for two seasons. In her two years at the helm, Sligh was able to produce a 2007 South Atlantic Conference championship, win league coach of the year honors (2007) and have six players named to the All-SAC team.
Sligh played at Alabama from 2002-05 and was the team’s co-captain all four years. She had nine top-10 finishes, including two wins.
Sligh had an impressive list of collegiate honors and athletic achievements with the Crimson Tide. She was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference following the 2003-04 season, and from 2002-04, Sligh was Academic All-SEC. In 2004, she was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.