Carolinas Golf Magazine

FALL 2018

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It's a classic club, one of the early clubs of the Carolinas Golf Association, and its role as host of the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, set for Sept. 22–27, presents another chapter in the long, rich story of Charlotte Country Club. "The commitment to the amateur game and to the USGA has been incredibly important to our club for years," says Frank Edwards, who is co-chairman of the club's Mid-Amateur leadership with Rand Ayer. "It speaks volumes for the membership that we can host events like this. It's one thing to just host an event. But truly supporting an event such as this in the way the club does it is a major endeavor." The Mid-Amateur, open to male amateurs 25 years and older, is the fourth USGA national champi- onship hosted by Charlotte Country Club and it is not likely to be the last. The club is intent on hosting a USGA event every eight to 10 years and is hopeful the Mid-Amateur will be a springboard to another big event. With 264 players in the field, the first two rounds of stroke play will be split between Charlotte Coun- try Club and Carolina Golf Club, another Donald Ross design in Charlotte. The low 64 in stroke play will advance to the match play bracket at Charlotte Country Club. Charlotte Country Club hosted the 1972 U.S. Amateur Championship, won by Vinny Giles, who outdueled Ben Crenshaw. Bill Shean won the 2000 U.S. Senior Amateur title at the club, while Danielle Kang beat Jessica Korda to win the 2010 Women's Amateur championship at CCC. Additionally, Charlotte Country Club has hosted 24 Carolinas Golf Association championships and five Charlotte City Amateurs. "We are committed to the amateur game. It's a part of the club's DNA, and we want to give back to the game," Charlotte Country Club PGA Head Profes- sional Andrew Shuck says. "It's who we are." The leadership at Charlotte Country Club has worked hard to put the club back in the USGA rota- tion. A group from the facility attends the USGA's annual meeting, and there has been a regular dialogue between the game's ruling body in the United States and Charlotte Country Club, which opened in 1910. Looking for an event to follow the 2010 Women's Amateur, Edwards found himself playing golf in Florida with Tom O'Toole, who was president of the USGA at the time. He convinced O'Toole to visit Charlotte Country Club and the club was soon being asked which event it wanted to host. The answer was the Mid-Amateur. "Tom spent a day here and we got his thoughts about what it would take to have an event here," 16 | | FA L L 2 0 1 8 The Donald Ross design where Kang (above) and Giles (right) claimed victory has been updated by architect Ron Pritchard. When the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship is played at Charlotte Country Club in September, it adds another chapter to the club's long history of hosting major golf events. On a golf course that is built to test the best players, a field of 264 amateurs age 25 and older will be playing for one of the most coveted prizes in the USGA trophy case. S pend an afternoon or spend a lifetime around Char- lotte (N.C.) Country Club and there's a feeling about the place that sets it apart. Tucked into a quiet North Carolina neighborhood close enough to the city's downtown business district that the tops of the tallest office buildings peek over the trees lining the golf course, Charlotte Country Club has a casual elegance that is as comfortable as a favorite sweater.

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