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SPR 2019

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8 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E R ecognized as a community leader and advocate, Greensboro businessman Mose Kiser Jr. died on December 18, 2018 at age 85. Kiser was the former director and vice president of the Greensboro Jaycees, which for decades was the sponsor for the Greater Greensboro Open (GGO), now known as the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship. Kiser served as the tournament's chairman in 1961 and invited Charlie Sifford, an African- American professional golfer, to play in the GGO that year. It was a bold move because the PGA still had a "Caucasians Only" clause in its membership requirements. "It was a significant moment and followed closely on the heels of the sit-ins," said Irwin Smallwood, a former managing editor of the Greensboro News & Record who reported on golf at the time. In a 2001 interview, Kiser told Smallwood that Sedgefield Country Club, where the tournament was held, did not allow blacks. The club told Kiser, who was a member, that Sifford couldn't come through the front door and couldn't eat in the dining room. Kiser said he wasn't going to let club policy keep him from giving Sifford status treatment. "I told him that when you get here, I'm going to meet you out front and you and I are going to walk into the pro shop together," Kiser said of Sifford. And that is exactly what they did, he told Smallwood. Kiser faced great scrutiny and even got an anonymous threat to his family. "There were hecklers in the crowd. There were threats," said former Greensboro Mayor Jim Melvin, who served with Kiser on the Jaycees. "The tournament still went off without a hitch. He did a great job." After leading in the first round, Sifford finished tied for fourth. He was the first African American to compete in a PGA Tour event in the south. Six months later, the PGA lifted its exclusionary bylaws. Kiser is survived by his wife of 18 years, Doris Irvin Kiser; sons Mose Kiser III, Patrick Kiser and David Egerton; daughter Catherine Egerton; and six grandchildren. ● This article first appeared in the Greensboro News & Record , and was written by Carl Wilson. Mose Kiser , Who Helped Desegregate the GGO, Passes Away at Age 85 In Memoriam Bob McNair was best known as the owner of the Houston Texans, but the businessman also had an impact on golf in the Carolinas. McNair, who passed away in December, was part of the investment group that purchased Briar's Creek near Kiawah Island, S.C., helping keep the club afloat, and also helped found Congaree. As a member at the club, he also hosted the Robert and Janice McNair Invitational golf event that raised more than $450,000 for employee education and Charleston College scholarships. Lewis Dean Cassell, a member of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame, also passed away in December. Cassell, who lived part-time in Charlotte, served as president of the Acushnet Titleist Company and Dunlop USA Sports during his business career, and helped golf's governing bodies adopt worldwide equipment standards. He was a frequent lecturer at UNC and Furman University. ● Course Rater Volunteers The CGA is thankful to have over 100 volunteers giving their time and energy to assist in course rating. Pictured here are attendees at our annual Course Raters Appr reyburn Country Club. ● Eric Alpenfels and Bob Christina Study Pinehurst Resort & Club PGA Director of Instruction Eric Alpenfels and Dr. Bob Christina, an Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology at UNC, recently conducted a study on what aiming method helped golfers hit the best shots. They found that golfers hit the ball straighter and just as far when they focused on a spot about two feet in front of their ball, instead of focusing on the distant target. Give this a try next time you tee it up, and check out Golf.com for the complete story. ● Carolinas PGA Section Awards Gala Honors Winners Linville (N.C.) Golf Club PGA Head Professional Thomas Dale (pictured with Section President Paige Cribb) was named 2018 Carolinas PGA Golf Professional of the Year, leading the PGA Section's slate of 2018 award-winners. Other winners included Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year Jason Baile of Belfair in South Carolina, and PGA General Manager Clem King of Country Club of Lexington, who won the Bill Strausbaugh Award for making significant contributions through ongoing mentorship. ● AP

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