The Wells Fargo Championship is seven weeks away, but the field of players is already coming together led by the return of defending champion Lucas Glover.
Several of the top 40 players in the world rankings have officially committed to play at Quail Hollow Club April 30-May 6.
The commitments include Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson (No. 6), Hunter Mahan (No. 10), Nick Watney (No. 17) and Bubba Watson (No. 23).
Also, 2012 tour winners Bill Haas, Johnson Wagner, Kyle Stanley and John Huh have committed along with former Wells Fargo champions Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh and Sean O'Hair.
Tickets are available at www.wellsfargochampionship.com
Charlotte native Paul Shorkey, who played on the Myers Park High and North Carolina golf teams, will participate in the prestigious "Varsity Match" this week in England.
Shorkey, who received a Rhodes Scholarship in 2010, will represent Oxford in the match against Cambridge. It is one of the most prestigious golf events of the year in England and the tradition-filled week will conclude Friday and Saturday.
• Shameer Aery, a senior at Ardrey Kell High, has been honored as a First Tee Scholar, Class of 2012. Aery, who has been in the First Tee of Charlotte program for five years, will receive the O. Bliss Williams scholarship, a $10,000 award to the college of his choice.
Aery, captain of the debate team at Ardrey Kell, works with young participants at The First Tee of Charlotte.
• The Carolina Am will be played at Providence Country Club July 21-22. The 36-hole event, which draws a strong field of low handicap players, will award spots in the pre-qualifier for the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship to the winner and runner-up. For information, visit www.golfcarolinaam.com.
• Golf courses and wineries in the Yadkin Valley are combining their assets this year, offering packages that include golf, lodging and wine tastings. The participating courses include Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin, Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy and Olde Beau Golf and Country Club in Roaring Gap. The wineries include Shelton Vineyards, Grassy Creek Vineyards, Old North State Winery and Round Peak Vineyards. For information, visit www.YadkinValleyGolf.com.
• Eric and Sarah Bae of Cary became the first brother-sister combination to win their respective divisions in the recently played Ballantyne Junior Open. Eric Bae, 13, shot 70-70 to win the boys' 15-18 division while his 16-year old sister won the girls 13-18 division with rounds of 72-70.
Last year, Eric Bae was the youngest player in the boys' U.S. Junior championship and his sister was the youngest participant in the U.S. Women's Amateur.