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McWane Receives Charles E. Lynch, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

McWane (pictured above) will receive the Lynch DSA award on February 8, 2020 at Carolinas Golf Night

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (January 21, 2020) – Larry McWane of Pinehurst, N.C. has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Charles E. Lynch, Jr. Distinguished Service Award by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA).

This award, established in 2016, honors an individual or group whose actions have shown a commitment to the game of golf by going above and beyond the call to make the CGA and amateur golf better in the Carolinas.

“Larry has given so much back to the game of golf in the Carolinas,” said CGA Executive Director, Jack Nance. “He has impacted countless golfers in the Carolinas through his tireless service.  He is very good at what he does, and I can’t think of a more-deserving recipient of this award.”

McWane, a member of Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia as was his wife, Joyce. He was educated in the public-school system, majored in history at the Virginia Military Institute and later in life received a degree in computer programing.

He first volunteered for a Futures Tour event in the early 1980’s as a scorer and served for many years at Kingsmill Championships in Williamsburg, Virginia.

After moving to the Carolinas, he began volunteering for the CGA and has now served for nearly a decade in various roles. He qualified as a CGA Senior Rules Official in 2015 and obtained USGA ‘Expert’ rating as a rules official in 2019. He also served for 15 years assisting as a volunteer, chairman and rules official for the North & South Championship and other Pinehurst Country Club championships.

2019 was an especially important year as McWane was selected to serve as the General Chairman of the 119th U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Country Club. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Scoring Group at the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.

Not only has he been out on the course, making the game more enjoyable for golfers throughout the Carolinas, but he’s also helped preserve the history of golf in the Carolinas by assisting in archiving and organizing historic records at the Carolinas Golf House.

He is a currently a member of the Tin Whistles, a 116-year-old golf organization, and serves as a trustee for the Tin Whistles Scholarship Foundation which provides scholarships to qualifying students in Moore County.

During his professional career, McWane worked in banking, real estate brokerage and sales, resort and hospitality sales and management. In 2008, he retired as part owner, with his wife, of a Title Insurance Agency doing business in Virginia and North Carolina.

Joyce and Larry have three children and eight grandchildren, all living in the Roanoke and Blacksburg, Va. Area.

McWane will receive the Lynch DSA award on February 8, 2020 at Carolinas Golf Night held at the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort. 

To learn more about the 2020 Carolinas Golf Night or to register for the event, visit https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2329961.

About the Charles E. Lynch, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

The Carolinas Golf Association established the Charles E. Lynch, Jr. Distinguished Service Award at its 2016 Annual Meeting.  Mr. Lynch began his service to the CGA in 1977 becoming its legal counsel and board member.  Since then has contributed countless hours of insight and advice to help mold one of the largest golf associations in the country.  He has gone above and beyond the call as a CGA volunteer, executive committee member, and legal counsel.  This award will honor an individual or group whose actions have done just that.

Past Charles E. Lynch, Jr. Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

2016 – Charles E. Lynch, Jr.
2017 – Ellen Shulby
2018 – Joyce Wittman
2019 – Ben Payne
2020 – Larry McWane

McWane’s many contributions to the game of golf in the Carolinas and beyond include:

2019 Volunteer Activities
General Chairman of the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship
Vice Chairman of the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open
Volunteer Chairman for the LPGA Q-Series
Officiated at: Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship; Sage Valley World Junior Championship; Colonial Athletic Conference Men and Women’s Championship; Southern Conference Championship; NCAA Division I Regional Championship; North and South Amateur; North and South Junior Amateur; North and South Women’s Amateur Championship; U.S. Senior Amateur Championship; Carolinas PGA Section Championship; First Stage of Qualifying School for the Korn Ferry Tour; Assisted with a dozen CGA Championships, one day tournaments and qualifiers.

Championship Committee Participation
NCAA Southeast Regional Men’s Division I (5 years)
Sage Valley World Junior Invitational (5 years)
Dustin Johnson Junior Invitational (2 years)
Colonial Athletic Men and Women’s Championships (5 years)
Southern Conference Men’s Championship (5 years)
Pinehurst Resort North & South Men, Women, Junior and Senior (15 years)
Pinehurst Men’s Intercollegiate (9 years)
Carolinas Section PGA Championships (4 years)
LPGA Q-Series Qualifying School (2018 - 2019) – Volunteer Chairman
Web.com Monday qualifiers, event qualifiers (3 years)
Web.com – First Stage Qualifying School (3 years)
Champions Tour Monday qualifiers and event qualifiers (3 years)
CGA Championships and Tournaments (9 years)
U.S. Kids World Championships (3 years)
U.S. Teen World Championships (3 years)
Rod Meyer Invitational (Duke University)
Lady Pirate Challenge (East Carolina University)
Bryan National Intercollegiate (Bryan Park, Wake Forest, UNC Greensboro)
GPro Series RO (3 years) 

USGA Related activity
2005 - U.S. Open Championship – Pinehurst Resort – Volunteer
2007 - U.S. Women’s Open – Pine Needles – Scoreboards
2008 - U.S. Amateur – Scoreboards – Pinehurst Resort
2012 – 2018 – USGA Qualifiers (RO) – U.S. Open (local), U.S. Women’s Open (Sectional), U.S. Amateur (Sectional)
2014 - U.S. Open Championship Pinehurst Resort – Chairman Grandstand Marshals
2014 - U.S. Women’s Open Championship Pinehurst Resort – Chairman Grandstand Marshals
2017 - USGA Four-Ball Championship, Pinehurst Resort – Vice Chairman – Volunteer recruitment, all committees
2018 - USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, Charlotte Country Club – Rules Committee, Checkpoint timing
2019 - 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open – Vice Chairman (Scoring Group)
2019 - 119th U.S. Amateur Championship Pinehurst Resort General Chairman
2019 – 65th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship – Rules Committee



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