Induction: Carolinas Golf Hall Taps Moore, Florence
Accepting trophies and receiving accolades in the Pinehurst area are nothing new to Patty Moore. But her already impressive resume reaches a new pinnacle when she's inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame on Monday night, Aug. 17.
Moore, who has become a living legend among Moore County women amateurs by virtue of winning six county championships in seven attempts, is a Charlotte resident. But she claims strong area ties as she and her husband Jake also own a home in Pinehurst.
Moore will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Pinehurst Country Club along with much-honored Terry Florence, a veteran golf professional.
Florence and Moore will join an elite group that includes Billy Joe Patton, Donald Ross, E. Harvie Ward, Richard Tufts, Raymond Floyd, Dale Morey, Betsy Rawls, Peggy Kirk Bell, Henry Picard, Marge Burns, P.J. Boatwright, Ellen Griffin, Joe Cheves, Hale van Hoy, Beth Daniel, Jim Ferree, Ellis Maples, Dan Maples, Dick Taylor, Roger Watson, George Thompson, Chip Beck, Tom Jackson, Don Padgett I, Peter Tufts and Arnold Palmer among others.
The dinner and induction are open to the public for a cost of $75 per person, which includes beer and wine during the reception and dinner. The cocktail reception begins at 6:45 in the Donald Ross Grill at Pinehurst Resort, with dinner and inductions following at 7:15. Dress for gentlemen is jacket and tie.
To reserve seating, mail a check payable to the CGRA for $75 to: Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame, 702 Parkway Blvd., Reidsville, N.C. 27320, or e-mail email@example.com. For information, call Dick Mitchell at 368-1600 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moore, who was born in Lodi, Calif., but grew up in Lubbock, Tex., didn't get her golf career into high gear until the mid-1980s, but since then she's become one of the most successful female amateurs ever to compete in the Carolinas. Her career, especially since becoming a senior player, has been more than impressive.
"I never was a child prodigy," the 59-year-old Moore said. "In fact, living in Lubbock, Texas, from the fifth grade on, my family wasn't the country club set. I had a high school boyfriend who taught me how to hold a club and took me golfing a couple of times, but that was about it.
"I really started playing when I was living in Hawaii in 1974, but even then I was just a weekend player until the mid-1980s. Believe it or not, I actually worked back then.
"Jake and I moved to Charlotte in 1989 and my good friend Terrie Foote talked me into playing in some USGA events. I guess that's when I got hooked on the tournament scene. Nothing makes you feel better than when you feel like you could be sick on the first tee. Guess I just got hooked on that feeling. I used to have Pepto Bismol in my bag -- now it's just Tums. Still don't know where that first tee shot is going!"
Once she began playing tournament golf she was bitten by the bug. And the victories she's racked up are evidence of the talent that lay dormant until her mid-20s. The list is long and impressive.
Moore has won 23 club championships, 19 of them at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, her home course. The Moore County Amateur Championship trophy was retired to Moore after her fifth win, but she still enjoys playing for the title.
She has won 12 Carolinas Golf Association titles, including four CGA Four-Ball Championships, two each with Terrie Foote and Lori Teague; two North Carolina Senior Championships, four Carolinas Senior Championships and two CGA Match Play Championships.
Among the other victories are two N.C. Women's Golf Association Amateur Championships and eight Senior Amateur Championships; seven Senior Amateur titles in the Women's Carolinas Golf Association and the 2007 regular division championship; the Women's Southern Golf Association Senior title in 2000; three Women's Eastern Golf Association Senior Amateur titles; qualified and competed in seven national USGA championships; won three Women's North and South Senior titles; qualified and competed in 13 USGA Women's Mid-Amateurs; qualified and competed in nine USGA Women's Senior Championships; and was a member of four USGA State Team Championship entries.
She was Senior Player of the Year in the Carolinas Golf Association four times, winning both the senior and regular divisions honors in 2004 and 2007, the first to do so. She is the first senior player to win both the regular and senior divisions of the N.C. Amateur, accomplishing that in both 2000 and 2003. She is also the first to win both the regular and senior divisions of the WCGA Amateur, doing that in 2007.
She was also the medalist in the 2007 USGA Women's Senior Championship in Sunriver, Ore.
Florence was born in Charlotte and attended Gardner-Webb College where he was an NAIA All-American golfer. He turned professional, but missed earning his PGA card by one stroke and instead became a club professional. During the past 30-odd years he has worked at only three facilities: Charleston Municipal, Wild Dunes, where he spent more than 20 years, and Bulls Bay.
Florence was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. His resume includes two South Carolina Open Championships and four South Carolina PGA Championships. He was a member of the United States PGA Cup Team in 1980 and 1984, and has competed in seven championships including four PGA Championships, a Senior U.S. Open and two Senior PGA Championships. He was named PGA Resort Merchandiser of Year four times, and Carolina PGA Section Professional of the year in 1992
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