Members of the oldest private golf club in North Carolina voted to approve its sale on Wednesday to John McConnell, president and owner of Raleigh-based McConnell Golf.

By a 222-96 margin, members of the 120-year-old Country Club of Asheville agreed to become the 10th club owned by McConnell, said club president Ralph Damato.

"The members have spoken; this is what they wanted done — now we can move on," said Damato, a member since 1998. "I'm glad it's behind us. It was stressful for everybody. We can all look forward to the wonderful things that will be happening."

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