Golf Returns to Afghanistan


HIGH POINT, N.C. -- One mans efforts to help rebuild Afghanistan involve a few rounds of golf.
Paul McNeill Jr. briefly returned home to High Point to pick up shirts for the new Kabul Golf Club.
The main goal is to show people things are better under a modern democratic lifestyle, said McNeill, chief of administrative services for the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. You fight that on many fronts'education, jobs. My little piece of that is recreation.
During his time in Afghanistan, McNeill helped de-mine and renovate a course built in 1967, which was abandoned when the Soviets invaded the country in 1979.
McNeill brought a member of the last Afghan Olympic golf team out of forced retirement to serve as the clubs golf pro and helped stock the courses clubhouse, buying 18 new sets of golf clubs.
He also teamed up with Alpine Graphic Apparel in High Point to design and produce golf shirts to sell in Kabul and on eBay, the online auction site. All profits will do directly to the golf course.
Its my private contribution to peace in Afghanistan, said McNeill, who recently returned to Afghanistan. I hope it works.
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