First off the tee: The Carolinas course where I fell in love with golf

The final bell sounded, signaling summer’s start.

From elementary school until my early high school days, my parents greeted my sister and me the same way — our car packed to the brim, with our dogs hanging their heads out a window and golf bags stored away in a rooftop cargo carrier — on the final day of school. A trip from Asheville to Nags Head awaited. Continue reading “First off the tee: The Carolinas course where I fell in love with golf”

Ron Green Jr.: From coast to mountains, golf is part of fabric of life in the Carolinas

Rory McIlroy tees off on hole No. 4 during the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 4, 2011. Quail Hollow hosts the 2017 PGA Championship, which begins with practice rounds Aug. 7. Todd Sumlin – tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

In August, when the Bermuda grass is growing like a  teenager and the summer heat has become a sweaty way of life, the center of golf’s universe will be located at the Quail Hollow Club as it hosts the PGA Championship. Continue reading “Ron Green Jr.: From coast to mountains, golf is part of fabric of life in the Carolinas”

Carolina Classic (1986): Ron Green Sr. on the great Billy Joe Patton

Billy Joe Patton, who died Jan. 1, 2011 at 88, played a style of golf that any golfer could relate to. 2004 CHARLOTTE OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on May 11, 1986.

Of all the people in sports with whom I have crossed paths over the years, most of whom I admired and enjoyed and some of whom became my friends, my favorite remains and will almost certainly remain Billy Joe Patton. Continue reading “Carolina Classic (1986): Ron Green Sr. on the great Billy Joe Patton”