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$64K question: Did exclusive Charlotte golf club dupe pro baseball player into joining?

Michael Gordon, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Golf

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wil Myers is scheduled to make $22.5 million next year to play outfield and first base for the San Diego Padres.

All that money, however, could not buy him tee times at Carmel Country Club.

While Major League Baseball may be shut down in the coming weeks by a labor dispute between team owners and players, the 30-year-old Myers, who spends his offseasons in Charlotte, now finds himself embroiled in a legal brouhaha involving a different sport — golf.

Carmel, one of the city’s best known private golf clubs, has taken Myers to court, claiming that the Thomasville native and his wife, Margaret, owe $64,000 in initiation fees from their brief and unhappy club membership in 2020.

That’s a lot of money, except in baseball terms. If baseball somehow manages to play a full 162-game season in 2022, Myers is guaranteed to be paid $138,900 a game.

The Myerses have counter-sued, accusing the club of hiding just how hard it is to get a tee time on Carmel’s two courses, particularly on weekends — even for a 10-year major league veteran and former National League All-Star who carries a 2 handicap. The couple, who live in Myers Park, is calling for more than $150,000 in damages.

 

Reached by phone Tuesday, Myers did not comment on the case.

Neither the club’s attorney, Lisa Godfrey of Charlotte, nor the couple’s, Charles Brooks II of Monroe, responded to a Charlotte Observer email seeking comment Monday.

Myers’ agent, Jeff Berry of Nashville, Tenn., a UNC Charlotte graduate, also did not respond to an Observer phone call Monday to discuss the case.

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