Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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Club Management magazine Hails Carolina Clubs for Innovation G olf industry publication Club Management magazine recently published a story called "Next Generation Clubhouses" that spotlighted some of the country's most innovative new clubhouse ideas. A pair of North Carolina facilities – Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington and Carmel Country Club in Charlotte – were included in the story based on their forward-looking initiatives. The story details how Cape Fear Coun- try Club has added recreational options for kids and younger members, along with contemporary dining options. The 122- year-old private club has added several new members recently thanks to the open- ing of a Family Activity Center – a 20,000- square-foot building adjacent to the club's pool – that offers activities for families and kids of all ages. At Carmel Country Club, meanwhile, boasts a resort-style pool complex that includes water slides, a tiki bar and room for parties and gatherings. The club has also updated its casual dining offerings, and the overall impact has been a surge in members between the ages of 35 and 45 at the fam- ily-friendly golf club. ● 12 | | W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Former Tar Heel Whaley is first female PGA President Suzy Whaley recently became the first woman to take office as President of the PGA of America, and she brings some Tar Heel pride to the position. Whaley, an accom- plished teacher and player, started her golf career by playing on the Uni- versity of North Carolina golf team in the 1980s before going on to play on the LPGA Tour. Famously, she became a club professional and earned a place in the PGA Tour's 2003 Greater Hartford Open by winning the Con- necticut PGA Section Championship, and is now one of golf's best-known leaders. One other Carolina tie for the Whaley family: Suzy's youngest daughter, Kelly, is a senior on North Carolina's women's golf team. ● CGA Mourns the Passing of Chris Nielsen With her perpetual smile, quirky sense of humor and lovely Northern Irish accent, Chris Nielsen brought so much joy to the CGA. Raised in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, she was an avid golfer since the age of 7 and seven years later she won the Irish Junior Girls' Golf Championship. She moved to Pinehurst, N.C. in 1993 with her husband Dr. Duane Nielsen, where she worked at the CGA for 13 years as a Tournament Administrator before retiring in 2017. Her presence will have a lasting impact on the CGA and thus, golf throughout the Carolinas. Chris left this world on October 15, 2018 at the age of 72 and will be missed by us all. Slán abhaile, Chris. ● Kiawah Island hosts inaugural Watson Cup Cape Fear Family Activity Center SOUTHERN CAROLINAS GOLF ASSOCIATION A team of eight South Carolina juniors earned a victory over peers from Scotland to cap- ture the inaugural Watson Cup, a Walker Cup-style team event held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The South Carolina squad won by a 19.5-16.5 margin on the Ocean Course and Cassique Course at Kiawah Island. The event is named for five-time British Open champ Tom Watson, and he was on hand to present the victorious team with his namesake trophy. The event will be played biennially, with a 2020 Watson Cup planned for Scotland. South Carolina Junior Golf Association Chairman Ben Ziegler helped conceive the event, and South Car- olina's team was captained by Jack Lewis (far right), a three-time Carolinas Junior Champion and world- class amateur from Florence. ●

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