Pin King: Up Close at the Wells Fargo Championship

An insider’s view of the 17th hole at the Wells Fargo Championship
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As co-captain of the 17th hole (pictured) at the Wells Fargo Championship, Ken Brown witnesses championship-defining moments.

When the PGA Tour stops at the Quail Hollow Club on May 2, Ken Brown will have a rare view of the course. Brown, a 74-year-old First Union retiree, has volunteered for the Wells Fargo Championship since its inception in 2003. “I love golf,” he says. “[And] I like to be a part of something well-run.”

As co-captain of the 17th hole, the treacherous par-3 where “tournaments are won and lost,” Brown coordinates all of the volunteers needed for crowd control and witnesses championship-defining moments like Sergio Garcia’s loss of a one-stroke lead in 2005. His favorite memories, though, are personal, like the moment each year when Phil Mickelson comes over to talk to Brown’s now 19-year-old granddaughter, who attends the tournament in her wheelchair.

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