Vol 2 February 2008 
Tournament Staff

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Sponsor Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Mahler
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Coman
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

Observations by Award-Winning Charlotte Writer Ron Green, Jr.

Ron Green, Jr.
Ron Green, Jr.

Ron Green, Jr. is an award-winning sports writer who covers golf, football and basketball for the Charlotte Observer. Ron grew up in Charlotte and has covered the Wachovia Championship for its first five years. He recently sat down with us to discuss and reflect on the Wachovia Championship and the game of golf as a whole.

What was the first golf story you wrote?
I think it was a roundup of club championship events being played around the city. Years ago when my father was sports editor of the afternoon paper, the Charlotte News, I’d occasionally go in the office with him on Saturday mornings and he’d give me small assignments.

One of those was taking the scores from various club championship tournaments and turning them into a short story.

As a kid growing up in Charlotte, didn’t you have a few golf-related jobs in the area?
I worked for about two years at a retail store in a strip mall on Independence Boulevard in the early 1970s. The city was different then and the shop, I think it was called The Golf Shop, was run by guys who were involved in club golf around the area.

Later, I worked for three years at Quail Hollow, doing odd jobs around the pro shop, picking up the range, running carts, working in the bag room, whatever Jim Hood, the former pro needed. I called it work but it didn’t feel like work.

Most memorable round of golf I’ve played?
I can’t name just one. Playing the Old Course at St. Andrews for the first time last summer was a thrill.

A few years ago, a friend and his son took my dad and me to Augusta to play and it was one of those days you didn’t want to end. We still talk about that day.

What was your first reaction when you heard the news that the Wachovia Championship was born and the PGA TOUR was returning to Charlotte?

Having grown up in Charlotte, I remember the days of the Kemper Open at Quail Hollow in the 1970s. If you weren’t here then, you probably can’t appreciate the impact it had on the city, having Arnold Palmer playing here along with all the other stars of the day. The city embraced the event and when it left, there was a hole that wasn’t filled for years.

I hoped the Wachovia Championship would be something special but I had no idea it would be as good as it has become.

In the first five years of the Wachovia Championship, what are your two most memorable moments?
There have been so many. The first may be just seeing the whole thing come together the first year and seeing David Toms win and the way he finished.

Then last year, seeing Tiger hole the long eagle putt on the seventh hole on Sunday then seeing him throw his golf ball down the 18th fairway after he won was a terrific scene. It’s a nice thing for a tournament to say Tiger Woods is the defending champion.

Best interview or interviews you’ve had through the years?
I’ve been fortunate to talk with a lot of guys but maybe my favorite was in 2005 at Quail Hollow when I spent 30 minutes talking to Tiger one-on-one in the locker room. He was getting ready to work out and we sat on the benches in the locker room talking about his relationship with his father and other things. He was totally relaxed, just a guy talking about life, his dad and other things, even asking questions about the Carolina Panthers and life around Charlotte.

When covering golf, you do a lot of walking and observing the competition. Sometimes you have the opportunity to walk along with a TOUR wife, family member or other athlete as they watch a particular player. What is your most memorable walk in golf?
Every walk around Augusta National is special and so was the time I spent walking with Michael Jordan watching the Ryder Cup matches in Ireland.

The best, however, was probably walking around St. Andrews watching Jack Nicklaus play his final round in a major championship. Seeing Nicklaus at St. Andrews and knowing it was for the last time was a privilege.