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I n case you haven't noticed, we have changed our magazine, Carolinas Golf. It is bigger, brighter and bolder; hopefully the new look will meet with your approval. A nother change is that I have replaced Lawrence Hicks as your new President. Lawrence did a superb job for his two-year term, leaving a legacy that I hope, with everyone's help, I will be able to match. I am humbled by this honor and look forward to meeting your expectations. Thank you for your confidence. Last year I had the opportunity to travel to St. Andrews, Scotland. There, 48 CGA members had a remarkable time playing the Old Course at St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and the 2018 Open Champi- onship venue, Carnoustie. The highlight was playing the Old Course in a group that included Lawrence. Our professional caddies welcomed us with a postcard perfect day; partly sunny, 65 degrees and no wind.This was the weather we had all four days! Standing on the tee at 18, the most famous finishing hole in the world, one can see Rusacks Hotel tied to a wall of buildings, including the Old Tom Morris Golf Shop, with the clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient long and to the left of the green. While teeing off, my mind recounted the round as a blur. This was the culmination of a life- long dream. After 56 years of playing, my pilgrimage to the home of golf was almost over. After a drive that left me 155 out, I hit a solid 6-iron shot that narrowly avoided the Valley of Sin and rolled toward the hole. The spectators and passersby gathered behind the green let out a collective response as the ball lipped out, finishing a mere 10 inches beyond the hole. My birdie at 18 on the Old Course is a treasured memory. The purpose of this story: golf is a game for all. It truly creates memories from unexpected but hoped-for results. The game plays deep in the human experience. It is fun, healthy, competitive, and based on skill, luck, honor and integrity. Golf can be played and enjoyed by people of all back- grounds, ages and skills. I reflect on this now as President of the CGA, which is an awesome responsibility. I feel honored to have been selected. The roll call of past presidents is a Who's Who of Carolinas golf legends. Having served on the CGA Executive Committee for over 12 years, I can confidently report that our organization is in fantastic shape. Later letters will hopefully keep our membership informed. In closing, I found a very useful comment from the 1915 CGA Executive Meeting Minutes (actually, credit must be given to Lee Pace who researched it). "Pop Rivers wants more attention paid to the coming golfer, the duffer of today. Never mind the first flight men; you can't lose them, for they are fully inoculated. Cater to poor players, and make them more enthusiastic." Whether you hit it good or bad, remember it is fun, and you will create fantastic memories. Thank you, Gene Spencer President, Carolinas Golf Association 4 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 P R E S I D E N T ' S L E T T E R Change happens, and many times it is for the better . G ENE SPENCER , President, Carolinas Golf Association Carolinas G lf O F F I C I A L P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E C A R O L I N A S G O L F A S S O C I A T I O N Volume 25, Number 2 Business Office: 140 Ridge Road Southern Pines, NC 28387 ( 910) 673-1000 • Fax: (910) 673-1001 w • Executive Director: Jack Nance D irector of Junior Golf and Tournament Operations: Jason Cox Director of Rules and Competitions: Rusty Harder D irector of Women's Golf: Maggie Watts Assistant Director of Rules and Competitions: Chris Zeh D irector of Course Rating and Membership: G reg Kelly Junior Golf Tournament Manager: Chris Wolff Tournament Manager: Sarah Bae Director of GHIN and IT Operations: Doug Hardisty Director of Handicapping and GHIN Support: Tom Johnson Agronomist: Bill Anderson Director of Development: B raxton McLennan Tournament Administrator: Kevin Haracz Tournament Administrator: Torey Johnson O ffice Manager: Kim Jett Administrative Assistant: Lynn Langford O fficers Gene Spencer, President, Columbia Country Club; D. Gregory Norris, Vice President, Pine Valley Country Club; Mike Smith, Secretary, Greenville (S.C.) Country Club; Daniel R. O'Connell, Treasurer, The Creek Golf Club; Lawrence C. Hicks, Past-President, Greensboro Country Club; Charles E. Lynch, Jr., General Counsel, High Point Country Club E xecutive Committee Vicki DiSantis, Country Club of North Carolina; J. Richard Dosek, Oak Valley Golf Club; Frank Golden, Quail Hollow Club; Joe Hackler, Dunes Golf & Beach Club; Gregg Jones, Florence Country Club; Whitten Meares, Country Club of Charleston; Kelly Miller, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club; R ion Moore, DeBordieu Club; Rick Riddle, Cedarwood C ountry Club; Michael Sims, Country Club of Lexington; Teddy Stockwell, Yeamans Hall Club; Thomas J. 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