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Golf tournament to honor N.C. State professor

July 07, 2009

Media Contact: Emily Erickson, crop science lecturer, North Carolina State University, 919.513.2034 or

The new Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the North Carolina State University campus will be the site in mid-August of a golf tournament that will raise money for the university's turfgrass program and honor a retiring professor.

The Dr. Art Bruneau Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held Aug. 12 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Bruneau, who retired recently, was a long-time professor in the turfgrass program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State. The golf tournament will be held in conjunction with the annual Turfgrass Field Day on Aug. 12. The university holds field days, events at which agricultural scientists discuss their research, on a variety of crops.

Bruneau will play in the tournament, and an "Art Auction" is underway to determine who will get to play in the foursome with the retired professor. Bids are being accepted online at The winning bidder will designate three players who with Bruneau will comprise team 1 and will begin the shotgun start of the tournament on the first hole. The winning bidder also gets a sponsor sign on the first hole.

Sponsors are also being sought for the other 17 holes on the course. For the $500 cost of sponsoring a hole, the sponsor may select a four-player team, will have a sponsor sign placed at the hole and get a team photo. Holes are available for sponsorship on a first come, first served basis online at

Art Auction bids and hole sponsorships will be accepted through Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m. After that time, spots in the tournament will be available to individuals on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $300 for a four-person team or $75 for an individual. Tournament costs exceeding $120 are tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the NC Turfgrass Foundation in The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc.

The golfers who participate in the Bruneau tournament will be among the first to play the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. A grand opening for the Arnold Palmer-designed course on N.C. State's Centennial Campus is scheduled for July 31.

Written by: Dave Caldwell, 919.513.3127 or

Posted by Dave at July 7, 2009 02:06 PM