Henry and Shirley Frye to chair Wyndham Championship Golf Tournament

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SHIRLEY & HENRY FRYE TO SERVE AS WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP AS HONORARY CHAIRS;
2012 Tournament Committee Introduced

www.wyndhamchampionship.com/shirley-henry-frye/

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Shirley and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief
Justice Henry Frye are joining the Wyndham Championship as honorary
co-chairs, it was announced tonight. The 73rd annual Wyndham Championship
is set for Aug. 13-19, 2012.

As the honorary co-chairs, the Fryes are serving as ambassadors for the PGA
TOUR event which provides important economic benefits for the entire region
and the state. As the Wyndham Championship evolves, the honorary co-chairs
lead the charge to promote Piedmont Triad regionalism through the PGA TOUR
event.

“This a historic day for the Wyndham Championship,” Piedmont Triad
Charitable Foundation Board chair Bobby Long said. “We are delighted that
both Shirley and Henry would agree to serve as our honorary co-chairs for
this year’s Wyndham Championship. It is the first time we’ve had co-chairs
and the first time we’ve had a husband and wife serve together. And Henry
is certainly the first former state Supreme Court Justice we’ve had in this
role. Shirley and Henry are pillars of the Piedmont Triad community, and we
are honored and humbled that they have agreed to serve together in this
important tournament role.”

A native of Fremont, N.C. in Eastern North Carolina, Shirley Frye graduated
magna cum laude from NC A&T and later received her Master’s degree in
special education from Syracuse University. She is the chairperson of the
Bryan Foundation Board of Directors. She is a former member of the
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, a special education coordinator for Bennett
College and former vice president of community relations for WFMY-TV.

“I love this region of North Carolina; I’m glad the Wyndham Championship is
here, and I hope it stays forever,” Shirley Frye said. “I couldn’t believe
it when we were asked to serve in this role. I was so flattered to think
that they would think of us to do this, but I am willing to do whatever it
takes to show people that the Piedmont Triad is a wonderful place to be.”

A native of Ellerbe, N.C.; Henry Frye graduated summa cum laude from NC A&T
in 1953 with a bachelor of science in biology and a double minor in
chemistry and air science. Following graduation, he entered the United
States Air Force and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant. He served as an
Ammunition Officer in Japan and Korea. Frye rose to rank of Captain during
his two years with the Air Force.

Frye became the first African American to complete a full law degree from
the University of North Carolina, graduating with honors in 1959. He
returned to Greensboro and entered private practice. Frye then served as an
Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a professor in the N.C. Central University
Law School. In 1968, he became the first African American elected to the
N.C. House of Representatives in the 20th century. He occupied the position
for 12 years before serving as a member of the N.C. Senate. In 1983, he was
appointed as an Associate Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and in 1999
became the court’s Chief Justice, the first African American to ever hold
the title. He served in this capacity until 2001 and then returned to
private practice in Greensboro.

“We are excited to be honorary co chairs,” Henry Frye said. “The Wyndham
Championship is good for North Carolina and especially the Piedmont Triad
area. Wyndham has been great sponsor, and I hope they will continue to be
our title sponsor for a long time. But I think one of the best parts of the
tournament is that we have so many volunteers who work for free with the
tournament. The Triad is known for volunteerism and for the community
getting involved with things.

“During my two years working with the Greensboro Community Foundation, I
found out that this is a volunteer community. We began to work with
together with High Point on some things and created the Guilford County
Education Alliance. It was working together to help the schools and
education. And that’s what the Wyndham is now doing for the entire
Triad..bringing everybody together.”

The Fryes join an impressive list of former honorary chairmen that includes
Louis DeJoy, Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, Kelly S. King,
Chairman and CEO of BB&T in Winston-Salem, N.C., Allen Gant, president and
chief executive officer of Glen Raven, Inc. in Burlington, N.C., Paul
Fulton, Chairman of Bassett Furniture Industries in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
Mackey McDonald, former Chairman and CEO of VF Corporation, Dennis Glass,
president and chief operation officer of Lincoln Financial; Jim Melvin,
president of Bryan Foundation and former mayor of Greensboro; Charlie Reid,
former chairman of United Guaranty and Fred Starr, former chairman of
Thomasville Furniture.

While the honorary chairman serves as a tournament ambassador, the general
chairman heads the tournament committee, the lead group of volunteers that
oversees each area of tournament operations. Each Wyndham Championship area
is supported by a staff member and a tournament- committee member who leads
the volunteers in each area.

This year’s general chairman is Mike Barber, an attorney and president and
CEO of The First Tee of the Triad who has been volunteering at the Piedmont
Triad’s PGA TOUR event since the early 1990s. He has worked in multiple
areas of Wyndham Championship operations over the years including pro-ams,
contestant services, procurement and sales giving him the depth of
experience needed to oversee the tournament committee.

“I really don’t believe there’s a better or more experienced tournament
committee at any other PGA TOUR event in the country,” tournament director
Mark Brazil said. These people are volunteering their time to make the
Wyndham Championship successful each year, and they’re doing it on top of
their full time jobs. That’s a deep commitment, and we are very, very
grateful for their dedication, leadership and commitment to excellence.”

Eighteen people make up the all-volunteer tournament committee; members of
the 2012 committee are below with the areas of tournament operations they
represent and their employers:

2012 General Chairman: Mike Barber, Attorney/CEO, The First Tee of the Triad

Concessions: Steve Melton, Signature Wealth Management

Contestant Services: Mark Ingram, Concrete Surface Alterations, LLC

Course Management: Randy Williard, Williard Technical Services, Inc.

Course Management: Mike McDonald, Wild Geese Enterprises

First Impressions: Marc Bush, Tournament Hosts Committee of Greensboro, Inc.

Media: Kim Graham, Bank of America

Parking/Shuttles: Sam Ayers, Self Employed

Pro-Ams: Thomas Hockman, Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC

Security: Mike Ebel, Arcadis, U.S., Inc.

Sponsor Services: Erin Winters, Made to Order

Sponsor Services: Will McPherson, Trust Company of the South

Member at Large: Chuck Pinnix, Fabarc Steel Supply Inc.

Member at Large: Carolyn Walters, Management Services Group LLC

Member at Large: Will Yearns, Granville Homes, LLC

Member at Large: Mason McClain, Sunbelt Business Brokers

Member at Large: Mark Messick, Messick & Company, Inc.

2011 General Chairman: Clayton Pressley, Duke Energy

Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country
Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and
is the seventh-oldest event on the PGA TOUR. Tickets will be available soon
at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office. The
tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T
and Premier Partners, Flow Automotive, Harris Teeter, McConnell Golf,
SunbrellaR, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their
continued support. Additional tournament information, including ticket
packages and sponsorship information, is available at
www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336)
379-1570. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit
www.wyndhamworldwide.com.


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