Vol 16 July 2011

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Sponsor Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

Kym's Corner

Behind the scenes with Executive Director, Kym Hougham

The 2011 Wells Fargo Championship had a lot of local flavor throughout the week.

It started with the Wednesday Pro-Am appearance by Arnold Palmer, who returned to compete in Charlotte for the first time in nearly 10 years. Palmer had been a fixture in Charlotte for many years as he is a member of Quail Hollow Club and had several business interests in the city. He also played a key role in getting professional golf to this area for the first time. It was great to see the crowds embrace his return.

Arnold Palmer and Kym Hougham

Once the competition began, another one of our local connections jumped into the lead. Bill Haas, who attended Wake Forest University, and is the son of Jay Haas, another member at Quail Hollow Club, shot an opening-round 64. His bogey-free round matched the lowest first round score in tournament history. Bill remained in contention throughout the next two rounds and made a run at the title Sunday afternoon. He nearly made a hole-in-one on the par-three 17th hole but settled for a birdie that got him to 14-under-par. He needed a birdie to make it into the playoff on the final hole but a bogey dropped him to fourth place.

Bill Haas

Speaking of the playoff, how about that for more Sunday drama at the Wells Fargo Championship? It was our fourth playoff in nine years and it was between two gentlemen who were born in South Carolina and were teammates at Clemson during their collegiate careers.

Lucas and his mother Hershey

Lucas Glover and Jonathan Byrd provided a lot of excitement Sunday afternoon. Glover made an incredible par in regulation to post a 15-under total and Byrd, playing in the final group behind him, birdied the 18th hole to tie him. Of course, on the first extra hole needed to decide a winner, it was Gloverís par that would earn him the title. And, with his mother Hershey by his side on Motherís Day, it was a very emotional victory for the Greenville, SC native.