A majority of the tournaments on the PGA TOUR have a position in the tournament structure titled General Chairman. This position is commonly filled by an individual from the community in which the tournament takes place each year. Since the beginning of the Wells Fargo Championship, Mac Everett has been the General Chairman for Charlotte’s PGA TOUR event. He is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic leaders in the city and plays a key role year-round in the success of the golf tournament.
Everett was a longtime banking executive at First Union and its successor Wachovia before retiring in 2004 as Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate and Community Affairs. Throughout the years, he has been a leader in civic, cultural and sports organizations. In addition to his volunteer role for the Wells Fargo Championship, he is Vice Chairman of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Board of Commissioners, Vice Chairman of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s board and was chairman of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship’s President’s Council.
Two years ago, he was named the Charlotte Chamber’s 2014 Citizen of the Carolinas.
Q | What are the key roles a General Chairman plays in the organization of the Wells Fargo Championship?
Everett | I have been blessed by being involved with the Wells Fargo Championship as General Tournament Chairman since its inception in 2003. This opportunity has brought together two passions of mine--community philanthropy and the game of golf. As General Chairman, I work very closely with our professional tournament staff in ensuring the success of each event, and maybe more importantly, the long term viability of the Wells Fargo Championship.
I also serve as Chairman of the Champions For Education board which is the 501(c)(3) host organization for the Wells Fargo Championship and is ultimately responsible for the event and charitable contributions coming out of the event. We have committed volunteers who serve on this board and are always eager to lend a helping hand. The past 13 years of the WFC have been a labor of love for me and I look forward to finding the next lead volunteer to succeed me.
Q | What is one of the most satisfying tournament accomplishments you have seen?
Everett | From the outset, we created three overriding objectives for the Wells Fargo Championship. First, we were committed to creating the finest annual event on the PGA TOUR. Next, we wanted to create an event that would become a spring tradition in Charlotte and would be embraced by people throughout the region. And finally, we wanted to raise significant dollars annually for charity through the event.
So how have we done? After our first event in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship was proclaimed the ‘best first year tournament ever on the PGA TOUR.’ In subsequent years, we were twice selected "Best in Class" by the PGA TOUR.
The Charlotte community has been incredible. The crowds who come to the WFC go out of their way to tell about their experiences during the week. The vast majority of their comments are overwhelmingly positive. Most rewarding is the fact that our loyal patrons come back year after year.
The charitable component of the WFC has been one of the highlights. Through our first 13 years, the tournament has generated over $18 million in charitable contributions. A majority of those funds has gone to our Primary Charitable Beneficiary, Teach For America. The Levine Children's Hospital and The First Tee of Greater Charlotte have also been major beneficiaries of the WFC.
I have had a blast working so closely with the Wells Fargo Championship. I certainly appreciate and thank our many volunteers and our professional staff for making me feel like a part of the Wells Fargo Championship family.
Q | There certainly are a lot of nice memories through the years. Is there one or two that standout when you think about the past 13 years?
Everett | There have been many, many great moments from our first 13 years. But my greatest memory of the WFC is the incredible commitment to excellence of thousands of volunteers and the best professional staff on the PGA TOUR.
Certainly there is no way to forget the very first year when David Toms came to the 72nd hole with a 6 shot lead. Eight shots later David walked off the 18th green shaken but still our first winner by two shots. I also remember Saturday of the 2007 event when Tiger and Vijay were paired together. The quality of golf was off the charts. The two played the 11th and 12th holes in a cumulative 5 under par prompting Jim Nantz of CBS to say that, ‘it was the best two consecutive holes of golf he had ever witnessed.’
And I think about a couple of young guys who won for the first time at the WFC...Rory McIlroy in 2010 and Rickie Fowler in 2012. Both have gone on to very successful careers on the PGA TOUR and both have the best of their careers still ahead of them.