Vol 22 March 2014

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Partner Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

Kym's Corner

Kym Hougham, Executive Director

Behind The Scenes
with Executive Director, Kym Hougham

It has been a busy time since the tournament ended just over two months ago. We have had time to reflect on this year's event and at the same time we have started looking at the 2015 tournament.

The competition was exciting and in the end J.B. Holmes' victory was very popular among the players and fans. He and his family experienced some highs and lows the past few years and his victory was a wonderful story of perseverance and courage.

Much like our champion, this year's tournament felt like we enjoyed a new beginning. Given the fact in 2013 we experienced some weather and course challenges, it was quite the opposite this year. The mood during tournament week was upbeat and positive from every aspect. The players loved the changes to the golf course. We also had a lot of positive feedback from the fans, volunteers, corporate partners and all who visited in May. On behalf of the staff, thank you for all of your comments and feedback. We have always said, we will listen and institute any recommendations that will improve the Wells Fargo Championship. We think we did so again this year. I also want to thank the Quail Hollow members and staff, who worked so hard to get the golf course changes made and in beautiful condition for tournament week.

I would also like to give a big thank you to the fans who continue to make our area attractive for professional golf. The players, the media and the people who follow golf tournaments around the world always comment on how knowledgeable, courteous and supportive the fans are at our tournament. And, this year, that continued with the two U.S. Opens being contested in Pinehurst during June.

We anticipate we will be able to make some significant charitable contributions to area organizations once again this year. With the support of our corporate partners, volunteers and the fans that purchase tickets, we have been able to donate over $16 million in the Charlotte area through the years. Champions For Education is the non-profit heart of the tournament that was created in 2002 to manage and operate the event and give back to the community.

I would like to close by sharing with you a note we received from a member of the Holmes family. These thoughts reflect the positive atmosphere all of you provide when the golf world's eyes are on the Wells Fargo Championship.

"I first wanted to thank all the staff involved with making us-- the family of JB Holmes-- feel most welcomed and cared for during and after the trophy presentation. I've attended many PGA TOUR events and say with confidence that the Wells Fargo Tournament is one of the best run tournaments on tour and it is an honor to have our family name associated with it."