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Personnel File - September 2008: Golf

William Mangum
Owner, William Mangum Fine Art

When the textile and furniture industries landed in the rough, the brush strokes of William Mangum’s watercolors became more defined. “There were a couple of projects I had devoted considerable time to that fell through. Businesswise, it made sense to look elsewhere.” So the artist hit the links, where the grass has grown greener in the past decade.

Mangum, 55, is one of five artists to be licensed by Pebble Beach, and his other credits include Augusta National, Congressional and, in North Carolina, Quail Hollow, Sedgefield and, of course, Pinehurst, where he was the official artist of the 2005 U.S. Open. More than 50,000 copies of his work are in collections worldwide. That’s the result of 3,000-plus originals drawn from more than three decades of travel. Fewer than 100 relate to golf, but his portfolio on the subject is growing. With five books to his credit, he anticipates the release of a sixth in fall 2009. The subject? “North Carolina’s classic golf courses. Given all of the wonderful subjects in our state, it could be a very large book.”

Forgive Mangum for not seeing this coming. While attending Sand- hills Community College — he would earn a master of fine arts at UNC Greensboro — he waited tables at The Carolina, the legendary Pinehurst hotel. One day, Sam Snead was a customer. “I remember asking him to sign a napkin for my mom.” Twenty-five years later, he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Snead, an eight-time winner of the Greater Greensboro Open.