Mon. Jun 1st, 2020

Senior Spotlight: Men’s Golf

Seniors Charlie Kennerly and Eric Bae look back on their time with the men’s golf program

The Demon Deacon men’s golf team was primed for a great year on the links. The No.8 men’s squad opened the season in Houston, Texas at the All-American Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Houston. Redshirt junior Charlie Kennerly and senior Eric Bae were the seasoned veterans on the squad for this abbreviated year. In this edition of Senior Spotlights, the Old Gold & Black chatted with Kennerly and Bae about their time at Wake Forest and on the golf course. 

Charlie Kennerly

Charlie Kennerly began his career at Wake Forest from the Benjamin School and landed on the ACC Honor Roll for the first two years at the university. As a redshirt freshman, he played in two events with a stroke average of 74.33. As a redshirt sophomore, he played in two events with a stroke average of 75.33. In the abbreviated season this year, he played in two of eight events as an individual with a 71.83 stroke average.

Samantha Wexler: What was your favorite Wake Forest golf memory throughout your time at Wake?

Charlie Kennerly: My favorite Wake Forest golf memory was playing Augusta National this spring with my team. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and being able to spend it with my teammates was incredible. Coach Aaron [O’Callaghan] making a hole in one on the very first hole we played was the cherry on top.

SW: How has your time both studying at and competing for Wake Forest shaped your life?

CK: Wake Forest has shaped me into the person I am today by always pushing me in the classroom and on the course. It’s no coincidence that Wake has been labeled “Work Forest,” which has certainly prepared me to keep my head down and push myself in getting work done. Wake Forest is a top ACC program, so being a part of the golf team has allowed me to keep my competitive edge and thrive in the most demanding situations that a top collegiate program can provide.

Eric Bae

Eric Bae was born in South Korea and went to high school at Pinecrest in Pinehurst, NC. The 2015 North Carolina 4A state champion and 2016 North Carolina 4A runner-up led Pinecrest High School to three team state championships. As a freshman, Bae played his way to the PING All-East Region and played in 10 events with a stroke average of 72.70 while qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Amateur. As a sophomore, he played in 12 events with a stroke average of 72.69 and had two top-10 finishes. As a junior, he was honored on the All-ACC squad and was named PING All-East Region, playing in 12 events with a stroke average of 70.89. As a senior in the shortened season, he played in the lineup for all eight events in the short season with a 70.74 stroke average. Bae was named to the All-ACC Academic team twice in his four years.

Samantha Wexler: What was your favorite Wake Forest golf memory throughout your time at Wake?

Eric Bae: My favorite memory throughout Wake was winning with the team at any event. I believe that in my career that I have won about 9-10 events and it’s something that never gets old. The camaraderie that comes with the win especially when it was a stacked field, is unbelievable and something you can only experience as a team.

SW: How has your time both studying at and competing for Wake Forest shaped your life?

EB: Both studying and competing at Wake Forest has taught me that I can pretty much get through anything in a time management sense. I doubt that there are many other things that will be as difficult as trying to juggle four economic classes and travel for every event that semester. So at least I know that time management will not be that difficult.