Calling all golfers! CLS welcomes two incredibly experienced sportswriters from the golf world, Bob Gillespie & Tommy Braswell, as they discuss their new book, South Carolina Golf. This well-researched book enlightens us of ins and outs of the history of match play in the Palmetto State. To RSVP, fill out the RSVP form at the bottom of this page or call 843-723-9912.
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About the Book:
For nearly three hundred years, South Carolina has played a vital role in American golf. The first golf clubs in America came from Scotland to Charleston in 1739. Myrtle Beach is sometimes called the “Golf Capital of the World,” with more than eighty golf courses. The Country Club of Charleston produced World Golf Hall of Fame members Henry Picard and Beth Daniel. The 1991 Ryder Cup matches, the “War by the Shore,” took place at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, also the site of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championships. Hilton Head’s Harbour Town Golf Links has hosted the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage for more than fifty years. Bob Gillespie and Tommy Braswell detail the history of the game in the Palmetto State.
About the Authors:
Bob Gillespie was a senior sportswriter, columnist and golf writer for The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1979 to 2010. He won The State’s Ambrose E. Gonzales Award for distinguished journalism in 1988, was Associated Press Sports Editors’ national runner-up in features (2001) and explanatory stories (2009) and was named the Herman Helms Excellence in Media Award winner by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. He and his wife, Jane, live in Columbia.
Tommy Braswell has written about golf in North and South Carolina since the mid-1970s, covering everything from local golf events and personalities to Ryder Cups, PGA Championships, the Masters, the Heritage and numerous LPGA events held in the Palmetto State. In addition to covering golf for the Charleston Post and Courier since 1982, he also has written for national golf publications, including Golfweek and Golf World.