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Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 26 / 16

Off the track, on the course At the Wyndham Championship last month: Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation board Chairman Bobby Long, PGA Tour golfer Jason Gore, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and Wyndham Worldwi...

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