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N orth Carolina's Balsam Mountain Preserve is known for its beautiful mountain setting and scenic Arnold Palmer Signature Course. The private club in Sylvia is adding a new amenity with a novel approach to creating practice and playing opportunities for new and existing golfers. Called the Golf Practice Park, Balsam Mountain Preserve refers to the facility as a "hybrid" area that can be used as a driving range or par-3 short course. With bentgrass hitting areas, target fairways and greens and a full short game practice complex, the Golf Park will be an ideal place for lessons and prac- tice. But the practice greens can also be played as reg- ular greens, with teeing areas throughout the park used to create a short course that can be used when the range is not being used for practice. This opens the door to night play, junior leagues, golf clinics and much more, creating an on-course experience in a less intimidating setting for new and junior players. ● L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Balsam Mountain Takes a Hybrid Approach to Golf Practice Remembrance: Jesse Haddock Legendary Wake Forest golf coach Jesse Haddock passed away in March at age 91. Haddock coached three national championship teams for the Deacons, and his teams won 15 ACC Championships. Haddock coached at Wake Forest from 1962 through 1993. Among the many tour professionals who played for Haddock are Jay Haas, Lanny Wadkins, Curtis Strange, Leonard Thompson and Scott Hoch. Haddock graduated from Wake Forest in 1952 after growing up in Winterville, North Carolina. He served in the Army in the 1940s, and helped instill discipline and responsibility in his players during his long tenure. His name lives on in the Haddock House at Wake Forest, which was dedicated in his honor two years ago. ● After 22 Years, Kelly Tilghman Signs Off from Golf Channel South Carolina's Kelly Tilghman finished her 22-year run as an on-air staple at Golf Channel with the network's coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year. Tilghman, who played collegiately at Duke University, became the first female broadcast anchor for PGA Tour telecasts in 2007. She grew up playing golf in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and played professionally around the world before taking on a television career in the 1990s. Tilghman has also been instrumental in planning this October's inaugural Mentor Cup event in Myrtle Beach honoring Gene Weldon, the longtime Carolinas PGA Professional who passed away last year following a battle with cancer. Weldon was a mentor to Tilghman, who helped arrange for a special performance by David Feherty to end the event at Tidewater Golf Club. We wish Kelly the best and look forward to seeing her on the course – and on TV – again soon. ● NBC SPORTS GROUP 10 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8

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