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PGA Championship Returns to SC

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Mike Switzer interviews Ryan Ogle, tournament director for the PGA Championship coming to the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort May 17-23.

Nine years ago, one of professional golf’s major tournaments arrived on the shores of our state and ever since then, local fans have been anxiously awaiting its return. But then the pandemic hit, and while that event is returning next month, there will certainly be changes.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.