May 29, 2024 - News

Pro golf comes to Raleigh this week with UNC Health Championship

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - JUNE 04: Jorge Fernandez Valdes of Columbia celebrates with the trophy aft

Jorge Fernandez-Valdes of Argentina celebrates with the trophy after winning the UNC Health Championship last year. Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The world of pro golf descends on Raleigh this week with the Korn Ferry Tour — the PGA Tour's developmental competition — making a stop at Raleigh Country Club.

Why it matters: The UNC Health Championship has become one of the region's premier golf tournaments, attracting up-and-coming pro golfers and local favorites every year.

What to know: The opening round begins tomorrow and will come to a close on Sunday. Grounds tickets start at $40.

  • Former UNC basketball coach Roy Williams is the chairman of the tournament this year and will play in the pro-am that begins today.
  • The tournament will recognize the late Raleigh golfer Grayson Murray, who died by suicide last week, and place green ribbons around the course for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Several players with local ties will be competing, including:

  • Raleigh natives and former UNC players Ryan Gerard and Carter Jenkins
  • Raleigh native Doc Redman
  • Campbell University alum Pontus Nyholm and Brett McLamb, who played at both Campbell and N.C. State
  • Ryan Blaum, a Duke alum who lives in Durham
  • And David Ford, a rising senior at UNC
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