Tommy Tomlinson

Tomlinson is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories were chosen for the books “Best American Sports Writing 2012″ and “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”

Arts & Culture

The Wit and Wisdom of a Pinehurst Greens Reader

No one alive or dead has walked more steps on Pinehurst’s courses than caddie Willie McRae. He has carried bags for presidents and billionaires and celebrity athletes, and he’s learned a lot about golf and human nature.

Life

Ann Bailey Builds a Life on Diamond Dreams

A Nash County orphan at 8, a widow in her 30s, Ann Bailey decided early on that hard work was the best remedy for hardship. With unflagging determination and the help of her family, she built a sparkling empire from scratch.

Arts

The Sound of Discovery at Lunchbox Records

Records — you know, the big, round, black discs that introduced you to Nat King Cole and Kenny Rogers and The Beatles — are still spinning at Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records.

Life

Not Just An Ol’ Hound

When it came time to pick a state dog, the Plott family knew there was only one canine in the hunt.

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