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Golf Magazine Names Mel Sole as a Top Teacher

Pawleys Island, S.C. - Mel Sole of the Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School has been ranked among the top 400 teachers in the country according to Golf Magazine, which published its inaugural rankings of the nation¹s top teachers in the February issue.

The Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School, headquasrtered at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, S. C., has five United States locations: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas and NewYork.

The editors of Golf Magazine selected Mel Sole from more than 25,000 recommendations by the PGA and LPGA sections, industry leaders and readers of Golf Magazine.

Those selected were sent a questionnaire prepared by Dr. Paul Schempp of the University of Georgia, director of the only university lab in the country that studies how sports are taught.

This is the second national honor the Phil Ritso n-Mel Sole Golf School has received from Golf Magazine in the last nine months. In May 1999 Golf Magazine also named The Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School one of America¹s Top 25 Golf Schools.

Sole has been teaching with the Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School for 13 years. Before partnering with his long time friend and mentor Phil Ritson, Sole played for 10 years on the Pro Tour in South Africa, his native home and then moved to Toronto, Canada, where he opened the Canadian Golf Academy an indoor/outdoor teaching facility.

The Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School specializes in working with corporate clients and has developed programs for Pepsi Co., Citi Bank, The Raymond Corporation and others. The Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School offers complete instruction based on specific needs of female golfers. Individual lessons as well as three and five-day schools are offered. Complimentary green fees are included after school each day. Locals are offered reduced rates for one-hour lessons.

About Pawleys Plantation

Pawleys Plantation, a 582-acre resort and golf course community in Pawleys Island, S.C., is nestled among moss-draped oaks, natural wetlands and salt marshes. Bordered on the south by a 600-acre nature preserve, Pawleys Plantation is the South Carolina Lowcountry¹s finest property offering visitors a great resort destination carefully developed within a secluded, unspoiled community.

Conveniently located near a wide variety of cultural and recreational amenities, Pawleys Plantation is approximately one hour from Charleston, S.C., a city well known for its Southern grace and charm; the historic port of Georgetown, S.C., is less than 15 minutes south on U.S. 17. More than 100 golf courses and 1,000 restaurants are in nearby Myrtle Beach. Pawleys Plantation can be visited online at www.pawleysplantation.com.

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