Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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Carolinas Courses Earn Honors A number of courses in the Carolinas earned high praise and awards from the golf media at the end of last year, including a big honor for the redesigned No. 4 course (above)at Pinehurst. Golf Magazine named the Gil Hanse project – a combination of a redesign and an entirely new layout – 2018's Best New Course You Can Play. As the magazine wrote, "No. 4 may never reach the tournament stature of its fabled No. 2 sibling, but for strategy, visuals and enjoyment, it's in a class by itself." In southeast South Carolina, Congaree was also recognized with a big year-end honor: Golf Digest's Best New Private Course of 2018. The course, just outside Ridgeland, is a Tom Fazio design that earns comparisons to his classic Shadow Creek layout near Las Vegas. The massive design project included moving 75 mature oak trees and opening up wide areas of exposed sand to create a unique strategic challenge. A number of other Carolinas courses earned honors, including Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst – which has two Fazio courses ranked in Golfweek's Top 100 Best Residential Courses list. Fazio is part of the Colony 9 ownership group that recently purchased the club, which is the first time he's invested in one of his designs. ● S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 | | 9 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Gene's Dream Foundation Donates 50K to First Tee of Coastal Carolinas Kelly Tilghman's Gene's Dream Foundation – named in honor of the late PGA Professional Gene Weldon – presented a $50,000 donation to The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas. The money was raised during the inaugural Mentor Cup, a two-day event that included a tournament at Tidewater Golf Club and a performance by David Feherty. Weldon mentored countless young golfers in the Myrtle Beach area during nearly 50 years as a PGA Professional, including Tilghman. The Mentor Cup paired adult players with junior golfers in a unique format, making it fitting that the proceeds led to a donation to the First Tee of Coastal Carolinas. "That $50,000 is a real game-changer for The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas," said Rich Abraham, the executive director of the organization. "We operate very lean, and this will help us expand our programs for kids along the Grand Strand and in Brunswick County. Beyond the financial impact, events like the Mentor Cup are great for our kids, giving them a taste of competition and the opportunity to be mentored by community leaders." ● Carolina GC Super Matthew Wharton Elected President of the GCSA Matthew Wharton, the superintendent of Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, has been elected president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA). Wharton now leads the 1,800 members of the section. Wharton is a certified GCSA superintendent as well as a master greenkeeper in the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association – one of a small number of individuals to claim both titles. He has been at Carolina Golf Club since 2005. His election as Carolinas GCSA President came at the end of the three-day GCSA Conference in Myrtle Beach, which was attended by nearly 2,000 people. ● Forest Cr Congaree CC

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