WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Wilmington hosts the state’s largest event since the rollback of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” a familiar face was in the field for today’s Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am Tournament.
Pat McCrory, the Republican who lost his reelection bid for governor last fall months after signing HB2 into law, teed off this afternoon in a group with PGA Tour golfer Chez Reavie.
Before he took to the course, WWAY found McCrory warming up on the driving range at Eagle Point Golf Club. It’s the kind of place he’s apparently been a lot since leaving office.
“Playing a lot of golf, but my game is not getting any better, but it’s just great being in Wilmington,” McCrory said. “This tournament being in Wilmington this year, I think, is a great testament to southeastern North Carolina and what they’re doing for golf and travel and tourism, and we’re showing the rest of the world what southeastern North Carolina is like.”
Many critics blame McCrory for supporting HB2, which led to boycotts of the state, including the NCAA pulling championship events out of North Carolina and the NBA moving its All-Star Game from Charlotte. But McCrory has a different view.
“North Carolina never was stopped being showcased, but this tournament is really good for the Wilmington area, because I think Wilmington is one of the best kept secrets in the nation,” McCrory said.
McCrory would not talk about what’s going on in Raleigh since he left office, but he says there will soon be a time when he does make his voice heard again. He did make known who he is pulling for in the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend. All that and more is in our full interview above.