Golf News for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Tournaments

McConnell Golf hosting top-tier championships across Carolinas

RALEIGH, N.C. -- McConnell Golf is already knee-deep into another year of hosting top-tier championships across the Carolinas as its highly touted courses host competitions at the professional, collegiate, amateur and elite junior levels.

On the April calendar alone, five tournaments were contested over four of McConnell's eight championship courses.

"We pride ourselves on providing a championship test for the finest golfers at every level," said McConnell Golf Founder and CEO John McConnell, who has used his computer software marketing expertise to help spread the word and coin the McConnell Golf mantra: "Pure Golf for the True Golfer."

Sedgefield Country Club's Ross Course in Greensboro hosted the 37th Carolinas Club Pro-Am Championship, with McConnell Golf clubs finishing one-two in the final standings. Wakefield Plantation's Paul Dickens and Kevin Duerr shot 9-under 62 to top Treyburn's Tag Wylie and Tim Myers.

Meanwhile, Tom Fazio's refurbished Treyburn Country Club in Durham welcomed today's scholastic stars at the 8th North Carolina High School Invitational won by Pinecrest High School, with the 9th Carolinas Pro-Junior Championship on July 21 soon to follow.

Some of the recent high school invitational participants donned their new school colors when Old North State Club hosted the ACC Men's Golf Championship, and Georgia Tech captured its fifth championship in six years. It was also more of the same at the ACC women's tournament, as Duke's Lady Blue Devils won again on the highly regarded Bermuda grass greens at Sedgefield Country Club's Ross Course.

A year after Raleigh Country Club hosted the event, The Reserve in Pawleys Island, S.C., welcomed the 34th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship won by Burlington's Matthew Crenshaw. Later in the summer, from July 31-August 3, Greg Norman's design hosts the Palmetto State's best in the 83rd South Carolina Amateur Championship.

This week, the Tour's Rex Hospital Open takes place May 22-25 at TPC at Wakefield Plantation, which opened in July 2000 and began hosting the event a year later. McConnell's Raleigh Country Club served as the event site for three years starting in 1998, back when the was known as the Nike Tour.

For the ninth year in a row, the Rex Hospital Open began tournament week with the Rex Hospital Open Junior Invitational also at TPC at Wakefield Plantation. For the first time, the event featured both elite collegiate and junior golfers seeking two qualifying spots in the events.

Of course, once again, in August, McConnell Golf welcomes the world's finest August 14-17 during the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club's Ross Course. The Wyndham field is expected to be better than ever, as the Wyndham stands as the final regular event of the new wraparound 2013-14 season, meaning future Tour cards will be on the line, along with a spot in the lucrative FedEx Cup.

Two months earlier from June 10-13, Sedgefield's Ross Course entertains the game's top junior players at the AJGA FootJoy Invitational.

The Cardinal Amateur (July 18-20) at Sedgefield's Dye Course in Greensboro remains one of the nation's most coveted amateur events with a storied history of matching some of the world's top players in a competitive but fun environment. The Dye Course also hosts an eGolf Tour professional tournament May 18-20 and 53rd Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship September 24-26.

Not to be outdone, Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., provides a stern test during the 33rd South Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship from October 3-5.

Said McConnell: "Every time someone turns into one of our clubs we want them to feel special."

About McConnell Golf
McConnell Golf's mission is to provide the finest private golf and country clubs in the Carolinas. Through one membership, McConnell Golf provides access to seven private club experiences at 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 153 holes of championship golf at these properties: Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh, N.C.; Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C.; Old North State Club 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 Dye Course and Ross Course in Greensboro, N.C; and TPC at Wakefield Plantation in 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 numerous unique membership opportunities that are tailored to young families, avid golfers, corporate executives and culinary enthusiasts. Memberships include individual as well as innovative corporate, national and legacy memberships that deliver unmatched access to the top courses in the Carolinas. Moving into their second decade, McConnell Golf expands its new club management division at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Martin Armes, 919-608-7260,
Brad King, 336-306-9219,