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NC golf industry shoots to impress state officials

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Golf course owners, managers and club
professionals will swing into Raleigh to promote the game in North
Carolina, while perhaps giving state legislators the chance to
tweak their own swings.

Leaders of several golf-related organizations will attend the
General Assembly session Tuesday and meet with Lt. Gov. Walter
Dalton and Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. They'll promote North
Carolina's 550 courses and what they call golf's $5 billion
economic benefit to the state.

On Wednesday, golf boosters will offer demonstrations and
educational displays behind the Legislative Building. There will
also be some areas to hit with a club or two.

Charlotte, Greensboro and Hickory are among cities hosting
professional tournaments this year. The U.S. Open and U.S. Women's
Open will be held in Pinehurst in 2014.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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