Vol 20 July 2012

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

Kym Hougham, Executive Director

Behind the scenes with Executive Director, Kym Hougham

From the Monday Pro-Am to the final putt in the playoff, we could not have asked for more as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of the Wells Fargo Championship. This year’s tournament was simply another positive chapter in the history of Charlotte’s annual PGA TOUR event.

The feedback we have received so far from everyone involved has been incredible. I really would like to thank the fans of Charlotte and the surrounding area that bought tickets and continue to support our event. The crowds this year were tremendous each day creating a true big-time golf atmosphere which was noticed by the players and our television audience.

It still amazes us each year the caliber of champion this tournament and Quail Hollow Club produces. To have one of the game’s young stars such as Rickie Fowler earn his first PGA TOUR title here is another positive for this tournament just as it was when Rory McIlroy won in 2010. Those two, along with our other recent champions are mentioned in stories and on national television daily because of their success here in Charlotte.

This year’s tournament gave us all a chance to reflect on the past ten years. For me, the scene at the 18th hole late Sunday afternoon has been special each year. With a tremendous crowd surrounding the landing area and green, the excitement level of the competition has been center stage ten times now. We have witnessed five playoffs, incredible approach shots, long putts that found the hole and jubilant champions who moments after winning are exhausted, relieved or tearful.

I also thought a lot about the Wednesday’s of tournament week. At times it seems as if the city of Charlotte takes a break and comes out for some spring air. There is always a lot of laughter. The professionals and amateurs playing golf enjoy each other and the interaction with the fans outside the ropes. It is also a day when children are everywhere, glad to be out of school and engaged in the autograph competition between themselves.

It was fun to read the posts made in our virtual scrapbook located on our tournament website this year. It shows us all that the Wells Fargo Championship has become a little more than a sports event here each year. It has become an annual gathering of good friends, a certainty that one of the year’s best competitions on TOUR will unfold and a place where the golf’s best feel welcome.

The people of this area should be very proud.