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North Carolina to host golf tournament honoring legendary basketball coach Roy Williams

Legendary North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams is getting a special honor from the Tar Heels men’s golf program.

The Williams Cup presented by Stitch Golf will be held Oct. 25-26, 2021 at Eagle Point Golf club in Wilmington, North Carolina, and will feature a strong 10-team field including Georgia, Houston, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, NC State, UNCW and Vanderbilt.

“We wanted to acknowledge in a special and memorable way Roy and Wanda’s generosity that has made an enormously positive impact on college athletics, the University of North Carolina and our golf program,” said men’s golf head coach Andrew DiBitetto.

As many people know, Roy and Wanda watch as many of our Carolina teams compete as their schedules allow and support our teams in many ways, but what most don’t know is he has been and continues to be a mentor to numerous Tar Heel coaches, including me. Beyond his passion for golf, the significant financial commitments the Williamses have made to fund scholarships for students are simply extraordinary.”

After a 15-year tenure at Kansas, Williams took the helm in Chapel Hill in 2003 and led the Tar Heels to three national championships. Over 18 years, the Williamses donated more than $5.8 million to the university.

“Coach Williams really cherishes the traditions of our game and is a tremendous supporter of amateur and collegiate golf,” said DiBitetto. “He’s spoken to the players at two U.S. Amateurs, tracks how our team is playing and is often the first to offer his congratulations after a tournament. The Williams Cup presented by Stitch Golf will have special meaning not only to our players, but players on every team in the field.”

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