Friday, June 03, 2011

Carolinas Golf Hall Adds Hoch, Ward and Boswell

    Long-time golf writer Howard Ward, amateur Larry Boswell and tour player Scott Hoch have been voted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame.
   It's a deserving honor for each of them.
   Hoch is the most familiar, having been born in Raleigh and played his college golf at Wake Forest. Though he's remembered by many for the two-footer he missed that would have won him the 1989 Masters over Nick Faldo, Hoch was one of the PGA Tour's most consistently good players for years. He won 11 times and was often at his best on tough courses.
   He played on two Ryder Cup teams and won the 1986 Vardon Trophy for low scoring average on the tour. He's scheduled to play in the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn next week in Conover.
   Ward, a long-time friend of mine, has been writing golf for more than 50 years, most of the time for the Fayetteville Observer from which he retired in 1997. He's cared about both the big-time players and the not so big, sharing their stories with readers. Ward knows golf and it shows when he writes about it, something he continues to do today for The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines.
   Boswell has won Carolinas Golf Association championships in five decades, collecting 13 different trophies, third-most behind Dale Morey and Paul Simson.
   The public is invited to the induction dinner Aug. 14 at The Carolina in Pinehurst. Details are available at