Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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Clemson's McCarty Honored by Carolinas GCSA Dr. Bert McCarty has received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association – the association's highest honor. McCarty, a turfgrass science and management professor at Clemson, is one of the field's top researchers and author or co- author of 15 books on the subject. He received his award at a special event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ● 10 | | W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Folds of Honor Expands in S.C. The Folds of Honor Foundation – a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members – has established a new chapter in South Carolina. The Palmetto State Chapter is the 18th chapter of the Folds of Honor to be established since Major Dan Rooney – a PGA Professional and Air Force fighter pilot – created the Foundation in 2007. The Folds of Honor Palmetto State Chapter will support existing Patriot Golf Day events throughout South Carolina while working with co-op programs at Clemson University and with the Carolinas chapter of the Club Management Association of America. To learn more and get involved, visit palmettostate.foldsofhonor.org. ● Bobby Howard Named to Carolinas PGA Section Hall of Fame Lexington's Bobby Howard is a legend in South Carolina golf for his promotion of the game and leadership in the business of golf. He can now add "Hall of Famer" to his resumé, as he's become the 48th inductee into the Carolinas PGA Section Hall of Fame. Howard has been a PGA Member since 1964 and served as Carolinas PGA President in 1969–70. On the course, he won the 1970 Carolinas Pro-Pro with Bobby Mitchell and still holds the course record at Country Club of Charleston with a 62. The 1971 Carolinas PGA Golf Professional of the Year, Mitchell owned and operated five golf courses across the Carolinas. In 1972, he became the first golf professional in South Carolina to welcome a minority golf team to practice and play at his facility, as Sedgewood Golf Club in Columbia became home to the South Carolina State team. "It means a lot to be inducted because I know practically every one of the Hall of Fame members," Mitchell says. "It gives me a lot of fond memories." ● A fter NASCAR's top names finished racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, many of them took to the fairways of Quail Hollow Club to raise money for an excellent cause. The 12th Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament presented by the Mitchell Family Foundation raised $500,000 to fund grants to K-12 public schools, bringing the total raised by the event to more than $7.5 million for the Champions Grant program. Johnson hosts the event with his wife, Chani. "Chani and I are so grateful for partners like the Mitchell Family Foundation," says Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. "With the help of all of our event sponsors and supporters, we can provide funding for critical needs in K–12 public schools. We're excited to show students and teachers that we support them." To date, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation has supported 119 grant projects through the Champions Grant program to support schools in North Carolina, Oklahoma and California. ● Jimmie Johnson Foundation golf tournament raises $500,000 for public schools Pinehurst Hosts ASGCA Event The benefits of investing in golf facilities by adding forward tees and other golfer-friendly ideas were discussed at a recent American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) event held at Pinehurst Resort. Titled "From Tees to Green," the November event featured presentations from the USGA, pace of play experts, members of the ASGCA and Dan Van Horn of U.S. Kids Golf. Topics covered during the two-day event included the benefits of extra tees at public and private facilities, the history and development of forward tees, and ways in which golf facilities are utilizing new tees to improve pace of play and to grow the game with players of all skill levels and ages. ● CAROLINAS GCSA C harlotte's Providence Country Club recently completed a major restoration project ahead of schedule. Raleigh's McConnell Golf purchased the club in 2016, then brought in Greensboro's Kris Spence to oversee work on the course – which was originally designed by Dan Maples with tweaks from Mike Gleason. "The Providence project was a unique opportunity for me in that I was able to express a wider range of creativity versus most of my restoration efforts," Spence says. He focused his work on bunkers that create new angles for golfers, transitioning the green complexes from bent to Bermuda, and upgrading irrigation. The course now provides golfers with a variety of strategic challenges off the tee and into the greens. Providence is also renovating its clubhouse, and has enlarged its fitness center and golf shop while adding a kids activity center. The course has 800 member families. ●

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