ACC Border Crossing; sticks with McConnell Golf

This year’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Golf Championships moved from North Carolina across the border to golf clubs in South Carolina. The 2017 Women’s ACC Golf Championship was played this week at the Reserve Golf Club in Pawley’s Island, following a nine year run at Sedgefield Country Club’s Donald Ross course in Greensboro, N.C. In last year’s tournament, Virginia defended its title after becoming the first-ever champion from outside North Carolina in 2015. The Reserve was designed by Greg Norman and has played host to numerous important events. Both Sedgefield and The Reserve are owned and operated by McConnell Golf in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Men’s ACC Golf Championship will be contested April 21-23 at the Arnold Palmer designed Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., after 15 consecutive years at Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Last year, the Clemson Tigers won their 10th conference championship and the first since 2004.

“McConnell Golf deeply values our relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Brian Kittler, Vice President of McConnell Golf Operations. “We are proud to have quality clubs in South Carolina available that allow us to host events on short notice.”

“The ACC and our member schools appreciate the continued partnership with McConnell Golf,” said Kris Pierce, ACC Senior Associate Commissioner for Championships. “We’re pleased to be able to hold our 2017 Championships at two outstanding McConnell Golf Clubs in the welcoming state of South Carolina. Our players and teams are among the best in the country and both Championships should be extremely exciting.”

During its nearly 15-year existence, McConnell Golf has forged a reputation for touching all the right bases through its collection of private clubs. The company’s member-first, high quality approach includes a wide variety of locations throughout the Carolinas from the mountains to the coast, and now into Tennessee with the addition of the Donald Ross classic designed Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville.

McConnell Golf Club memberships include privileges at a dozen 18 hole private golf courses plus one nine-hole course. They also operate the 27 hole Raleigh Golf Association and manage the Grande Dunes Members Club & Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach for LStar Development.

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Dave Daubert

David, Editor & Feature Writer, has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.

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