Xan Law, Jr. Hall of History
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (February 13, 2018) — The rich history of golf in the Carolinas now has a home. The Xan Law, Jr. Hall of History opened for the first time at Carolinas Golf House on Saturday, February 10th. The grand opening preceded the Carolinas Golf Association’s annual meeting and Carolinas Golf Night.
“Now CGA members and visitors have another ‘must stop’ on their itinerary when in the area on business or teeing it up on the courses,” said Southern Pines major David B. McNeil prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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The collection of clubs, scorecards, pictures, trophies and people who have made the Carolinas one of the most historic golf areas in the country.
“It has taken us about three years to get the funding together and then to develop the Hall,” said Lawrence Hicks the CGA President. “The big boost we got was from the Xan Law dinner we held at Quail Hollow in 2016. It raised a quarter of a million dollars and this would not have been possible without that contribution,” he added.
At that dinner honoring him, Law said, “Golf, like life, is a puzzle to be worked on but never solved.” Law was a Charlotte businessman whose life revolved around his faith, his family, and his love of golf.
Law unfortunately passed away shortly after the dinner, but his memory as a friend of golf in the Carolinas is well represented at the new museum. Fittingly, the new displays at Carolinas Golf House are dedicated as the Xan Law, Jr. Hall of History, due to his lifelong love of the game and unfailing generosity. “I’m glad we have a monument from the CGA,” said Law’s nephew Raleigh Shoemaker, Jr.
Golfers from all over the Carolinas contributed items to the hall. In fact the space for the display not only fills the Hall, but most of the halls in the Carolinas Golf Association headquarters in Southern Pines, N.C.
The Havemeyer Trophy, awarded to the U.S. Amateur champion, is currently on display courtesy of 2017 winner Doc Redman of Raleigh, N.C.
Not only are trophies displayed, but descriptions of events, players and milestones in Carolinas golf is on display. The accomplishments of famous amateurs like Bill Joe Patton and Bill Harvey are displayed next to those of PGA professionals like Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Jay Haas, and Lucas Glover.
The Hall of History is open to the public during business hours of the Carolinas Golf Association (8:30 – 5:00, Monday-Friday) located at 140 Ridge Road in Southern Pines, across the street from Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.
Portions of this release were written by Stan Olenik for scgolfclub.com
The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.
The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls’ Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas’ golf initiatives including junior and women’s programs.
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