Community invited to dinner with hall of fame golfer

Larry Nelson—a professional golfer from Georgia and a 19-time PGA Tour champion—will be the special guest at a dinner, dessert, and conversation event held on Jan. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road.

The event is free and open to the public but requires a reservation that can be made under the “connect with us” tab at dunwoodyumc.org.

A news release states the event is an “opportunity to hear one of golf’s greatest players reflect on his victories and struggles, [and] family life while on tour, [and give] advice to young (and old) golfers.”

Nelson didn’t play golf until he went to college and attended Kennesaw State University after serving military duties in Vietnam, according to the news release. While at Kennesaw, he began playing golf and his score broke 100 in his first game and broke 70 within nine months of playing. Nelson then turned professional in 1971 at age 24.

As a professional golfer, Nelson qualified for the Professional Golfer Association’s PGA Tour in 1973 before winning 19 times, including three major PGA Tour championships. He also played on three US Ryder Cup teams and has won several international tournaments.

Since turning 50, he has accumulated 19 PGA Tour wins for a total of 41 professional wins. Nelson was once ranked as high as No. 12 in the world with first-place finishes in the U.S. Open and the PGA Tour as well as a fifth-place finish in the Masters Tournament.

Nelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. Nelson’s wife, Gayle Nelson, will co-host the event.

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