Ron Green Sr.: Rounds of golf highlighted former UNC coach Dean Smith’s retirement

Former North Carolina head coach Dean Smith practices on the 10th hole Monday morning Oct. 13, 1997, prior to the start of the James Worthy Legends of Sports Charity Golf Classic held at the Peninsula Club. Patrick Schneider/Observer file photo

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on Sept. 29, 2003.

Since he retired as professor of basketball at North Carolina in 1997, Dean Smith’s golf handicap has crept up three strokes, from 8 to 11, but that is the fault of the calendar and not lack of effort. He is 72 now and has lost some yards off his shots, but you don’t have to twist his arm to get him to the first tee.

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Ron Green Sr.: Ranking golf’s 4 greatest players is easy. Then comes the challenge

Jack Nicklaus watches his drive from the 1st tee as part of the 1st tee ceremonial drive at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, April 5, 2012. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 3, 2010.

So you’ve laid in steaks and lobsters and duck and tacos and a little haggis and plenty of sparkling stuff suitable for raising toasts, and you’ve invited the best golfers in history to dinner. Now comes the hard part – the place cards. Who sits with whom?

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Ron Green Sr.: He was the first black player to ever play Quail Hollow. Later he watched Tiger Woods

Charlottean James Black, a pioneer among African American golfers, was featured in the Golf Channel documentary “Uneven Fairways.” Photographed at Renaissance Park Golf Course in Charlotte, N.C. DAVID T. FOSTER III-
dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on May 8, 2004.

He sat in the shade near where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and all the other PGA Tour players walked to and from the practice range at Quail Hollow Club on Friday.

He was yesterday watching today go by while he took a little rest.

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Ron Green Jr.: Trump’s fondness for golf was evident at Trump National Golf Club’s opening

Donald Trump visits Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville on Aug. 23, 2013 to play a round of golf. T. Ortega Gaines – ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 29, 2013.

MOORESVILLE — There I stood, on the 10th tee at Trump National Golf Club, with The Donald himself behind me and Greg Norman – yes, that Greg Norman – standing directly across from me waiting to see me hit my opening tee shot in our little friendly game together last week.

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Ron Green Sr.: Remembering when Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey ‘went to golf heaven’

05/04/07 Tommy Gainey chips up onto the ninth green during second round of play in the 2007 Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Friday. DAVIE HINSHAW — dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on May 3, 2007.

He was golf’s ultimate minor-leaguer, a 31-year-old who had knocked around the bushes on and off for 14 years, circuits like the TearDrop Tour, Hooters Tour and Tarheel Tour, where a bunch of guys put up entry fees and play for it and where they don’t need gallery ropes.

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Scott Fowler classic: At first Wachovia Championship, hackers identified with winner David Toms

5/11/03 David Toms lifts the trophy after winning the Wachovia Championship played at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. (Staff Photo/Christopher A. Record)

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on May 12, 2003.

David Toms won the inaugural Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Club on Sunday and simultaneously answered that age-old golf question: “What’s the best time for a quadruple bogey?”

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