Golf News for Friday, April 20, 2012 | Courses

McConnell Golf congratulates Bubba Watson and Carl Pettersson on wins

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Members and staff of TPC at Wakefield Plantation were duly impressed Monday when Carl Pettersson dropped off his new tartan jacket to be displayed in his home club's golf shop.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Pettersson coasted to a five-shot win over former Masters champion Zach Johnson and a field of distant followers at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head island's famed Harbour Town Golf Links.

Pettersson not only earned the tournament champion's customary tartan jacket and a paycheck totaling $1,026,000. With his fifth career title the former N.C. State All-American -- who has been a TPC at Wakefield Plantation member and resident since 2006 -- also tied Jesper Parnevik as the all-time leading tour winner for Swedish players.

For McConnell Golf members, Monday's brush with greatness was their second in as many weeks. Just eight days earlier, in an Easter Sunday win for the ages at Augusta National, Old North State Club member Bubba Watson claimed his first green jacket by executing one of the most clutch shots in PGA Tour history and holding off Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a Masters playoff.

For Watson, his Masters victory was considerably more challenging than the one he earned last summer at the Old North State Club championship, during which he shot 66-63 and finished with a final-nine 28.

McConnell Golf reported that signage for the new Masters champion's personal space in the Old North State Club parking lot is now being prepared.

"I think everyone involved with McConnell Golf, members and staff alike, are very proud and happy for both Bubba and Carl," said John McConnell, president and CEO of McConnell Golf, which owns both Old North State Club and TPC Wakefield.

This week, the Men's ACC Golf Tournament returns to the Old North State Club for the 16th time overall and 11th consecutive year the event has been contested there.

Along with Pettersson, other former ACC competitors who have battled at Old North State and are now starring on golf's highest level include 2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas and runner-up Webb Simpson, both Wake Forest products, along with Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech), former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover (Clemson), former British Open champion Stewart Cink (Georgia Tech), and 2012 PGA Tour winners Kyle Stanley (Clemson), Johnson Wagner (Virginia Tech) and Mark Wilson (North Carolina).

The ACC Women's Championship was contested at Old North State in 1994 and began its lengthy partnership with the men's event the following season.

Also in the McConnell Golf stable are six other premier, private clubs in the Carolinas including Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, a Donald Ross classic and annual host site of the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship.

Last week, for the fourth consecutive year Sedgefield also played host to the ACC Women's Championship; perennial powerhouse Duke earning its first ACC title since 2008 by 10 strokes over North Carolina.

Duke junior sensation Lindy Duncan garnered medalist honors at Sedgefield and is currently the top-ranked women's golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

"We enjoy being the ACC's partner for their golf championships and we appreciate the fact that their teams look forward to competing on such high-quality courses that our members enjoy on a routine basis," said McConnell. "We are proud of the fact that our championship courses are fun for everyday players, as well as the world's best professionals."

About McConnell Golf
McConnell Golf (www.mcconnellgolf.com) offers pure golf for the true golfer as a privately held company offering unlimited access to world-class facilities and golf courses designed by legends Donald Ross, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Hale Irwin. Founded in 2003, McConnell Golf provides members a quality golf experience at any of its eight award-winning courses: Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh, N.C.; Cardinal Golf & Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.; Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C.; Old North State in New London N.C.; Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C.; The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.; Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C; and TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C. All clubs are maintained and serviced to the highest standards with an emphasis on true golf, complete service and absolute quality. McConnell Golf offers individual club memberships, as well as innovative corporate and national/international memberships that deliver unmatched access to the top courses in the Carolinas.

Contacts:
Martin Armes, 919-608-7260, martinarmes@nc.rr.com
Brad King, 336-306-9219, king@bradkingcommunications.com