Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 | | 19 C L U B C H A M P I O N S O ften times, golf is not measured in driving dis- tance, ball speed or proximity to the hole. There are stories of great golf being played at every level of the game. With that in mind, we've selected inspiring stories from club champions at three private facilities in the Carolinas. We highlight the reigning club champion of a course that's produced win- ners like Martin Kaymer, Michelle Wie and Payne Stewart; a golfer with more consecutive wins than Byron Nelson; and a son who dedicated his victory to his late PGA Professional father. Golf produces many greats, and we are happy to highlight just a few of the accomplished Carolina Champions at the private club level. A Sage Champion Byron Nelson winning 11 consecutive starts on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods making 141 consecutive cuts. And Melissa Sage (pictured) winning 21 consecutive club championships at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. OK, maybe it's not apples to apples, but Sage's run of victories (which includes 24 total club champi- onships) is impressive for a golfer at any level – especially considering that she took up the game later in life. Sage began playing at age 34, when she and her husband, Robert, joined Raintree in 1986. "Since we joined the club, I figured I might as well take up the game," says Sage, in the most melodic of southern drawls. As with many cases, her husband, himself a fine player, helped her learn the fundamentals and motivated her to play. Champions of the Carolinas Special victories at the club level BY TONY L. STARKS

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