Parents: Mike and Anita Stephenson
High School: South Johnston
Also Considered: Campbell, High Point, UNC Greensboro, N.C. State
Why East Carolina? “I felt like I had the best opportunity to improve and be successful at East Carolina.”
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Major: Business or Athletic Training
Notable: Patrick is the first golfer from South Johnston High to sign a Division I scholarship. He is one of the most decorated junior golfers ever from Johnston County. … He qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championships in 2014 and was the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s individual state runner-up at the 3A championships in 2015, carding a final round 65 in the championship. … The lefty is a three-time Two Rivers 3A Conference player of the year and was a 2014 Triangle Youth Golf Association All-State selection and is currently the second-ranked player in the state. … He won three consecutive regional junior tournaments last fall. … Patrick foresees a future in golf. If a professional career isn’t in the cards, he would like to be a coach.
East Carolina coach Press McPhaul: “Patrick’s record reveals the kind of player he is. Rising to be one of the top ranked players in North Carolina and qualifying for the U.S. Am before his junior year are accomplishments that require talent, skill, hard work and competitive ability. Patrick has all of those.”
South Johnston coach Daniel Benson: “Patrick has put in more time practicing and playing junior tournaments than any golfer I have ever seen. Patrick is a fantastic golfer, but an even more fantastic person. I know South Johnston golf has played only a small part in Patrick’s success, but Patrick has been the main reason for any success South Johnston golf has experienced in his time with us.”