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S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 | CAROLINAS GOLF | 9 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Sea Pines Goes Tartan A 50th anniversary is traditionally gold, but the RBC Heritage golf tournament's half-century mark was definitely a plaid party. The famed Hilton Head Island lighthouse that looks upon the iconic 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links was temporarily turned tartan to commemorate the 50th playing of the long-running PGA Tour event – and to match the jacket given to event winners. Sponsors paid to have 3,400 square feet of removable vinyl film applied to the normally red stripes on the lighthouse, which took nearly 30 hours for two workers to install. The plaid panels were removed at the end of April. ● Big Growth for Operation 36 More than 300 golf facilities around the country are now using the Operation 36 player development program, which was developed by a pair of Raleigh, N.C.-area PGA Professionals. Matt Reagan and Ryan Dailey (pictured) created Operation 36 in 2010, and the program – which challenges golfers to shoot 36 or better from close to the hole, then progress to greater distances as they improve – now includes a mobile app for golfers and teachers. To learn more about the program, visit Operation36.Golf. ● UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA L exington, S.C., native Lauren Stephenson represented the Carolinas as she played for Team USA in the recent Curtis Cup, which finished after this issue went to press. Stephenson, now a junior on the Alabama women's golf team, was part of the eight-player team that took on a team from Great Britain and Ireland. The Curtis Cup was played at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., in early June. Stephenson was joined on the U.S. team by one of her college teammates, sophomore Kristen Gillman. The duo each shot record-tying 66 to lead Alabama to a victory at the 2018 NCAA Tallahassee Regional, clinching a 14th trip to the NCAA Championship for the Crimson Tide. Stephenson is a two-time First-Team All-SEC selection, and was also named to the U.S. Palmer Cup Team this year. ● HOF Inductions David Strawn (pictured left), a champion of golf for over five decades and Bobby Long (pictured right), a Greensboro businessman were officially inducted into the 2018 Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. Strawn won the Sunnehanna Amateur and two conference titles while at Furman University. He was runner-up at the 1973 US Amateur and also finished 2nd at the Eastern Amateur and Carolinas Open. He has played in 16 USGA championships and won the North Carolina Senior-Four Ball three times with two different partners. Bobby Long, chairman of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation and longtime golf advocate, was instrumental in convincing Wyndham to sponsor the PGA Tour event in Greensboro with a $25 million letter of credit. ● Lauren Stephenson Chosen for Curtis Cup Team

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