Today is November 26, 2015

2015 PGA Hilton Head Chapter Award Recipients


Professional of the Year: Matt Lucchesi

Teacher of the Year Billy Sampson

Assistant of the Year: Mark Reilly

Special Recognition to our outgoing president: Matt Stewart


Each year the Hilton Head Island of The Professional Golfers' Association of America (HHIPGA) recognizes its most oustanding PGA Professionals plus individuals in the Hilton Head Island Chapter for their exemplary contributions toward making The PGA and the HHIPGA Associations. In all categories, the recipients of these awards contribute a tremendous amount of time to the Association.



2015 Honors Cup 

The Honors Cup is an annual match held in the fall between the top Hilton Head Island Chapter professionals and the top members of the Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association.  Each team is comprised of twelve players.  Four Ball Matches are played in the morning and singles matches follow in the afternoon.

Points are earned in ALL HHIPGA Chapter Events to determine who represents our Chapter. The Captain has (2) two Captains picks, and the Tournament Director qualifies automatically. The other nine players are the players with the most points at the end of the events leading up to the Honors Cup. In the event of a tie, the player(s) finishing highest in the Professional's Championship shall make the team. If this does not break the tie, the Captain shall decide who makes the team. Our Chapter Vice-President serves as Captain.

2015 Honors Cup Team

1.) David Rogers

2.)Tom Logue 

3.) Matt Lucchesi

4.) Mark Teed

5.) Brian Crum 

6.) Scott Hunter 

7.) Mark Reilly

8.) Charles Fox

9.) Jason Cherry

10.) James Scales

11.) RD Darden

12.) Derrick Garrou



2015 Honor's Cup Itinerary


Sunday, November 15, 2015


Moss Creek Golf Club


8:00 Tee Times



 2015 Hilton Head Open

August 7th-9th

Port Royal- Robbers Row


Mr. Three-Peat, John Patterson Clinches #3


John Patterson clinches his third straight Hilton Head Open in an impressive form. John Patterson of Chechessee Creek Golf Club started round two of the Hilton Head Open with only a one stroke lead over Seth Sweet of Port Royal. Sweet doing his PGA internship at Port Royal under Head Golf Professional, Ben Smith, PGA. Sweet and Patterson started round two in the last pairing of the day. Patterson turned the front side at a score of -4 (32) and Sweet -1 (35). After the widen margin, it proved too much for Sweet to catch Patterson's -7 par, 65, which was the low round of the tournament. Patterson with only 1 bogey/+ the entire tournament, showed the field that he deserved to be the 2015 Hilton Head Open Champion. 


The host, Port Royal Golf Club was a generous and extremely hospital. The golf course was in spectacular shape, thanks to Mark Volger and his staff. Also, special thank you to Ben Smith, PGA and his staff for providing an exceptional experience for all players. 


Next year, could John Patterson claim #4? We have to wait and see.  

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Carolinas PGA Section Announces 2015 Award Winners


We're thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Section Awards and Honors, distributed annually by the Carolinas PGA Section, as selected by the Special Awards Committee, to the top 10 deserving Carolinas PGA Professionals. The mission of the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee is to ascertain the most eligible winners in each of the annually awarded categories, which is accomplished by an enthusiastic commitment from each committee member afforded the responsibility of identifying and recognizing his or her peers as exceptional.

The following Carolinas PGA Professionals display excellence in their profession, assume an ongoing commitment and devotion to progressing the game of golf and to preserving the integrity of the industry: 

  • Golf Professional of the Year: Heidi Wright-Tennyson, PGA (Moss Creek Golf Club)

  • Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year: Marc Lapointe, PGA (Marc Lapointe Golf at Fort Mill Golf Club) 

  • Horton Smith Award: Jason Sutton, PGA (Carmel Country Club)  

  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Thomas Dale, PGA (Linville Golf Club) 

  • Player Development Award: Brad Clayton, PGA (Puzzle Duck Golf) 

  • Youth Player Development Award: Craig Sandstrum, PGA (The First Tee of the Cape Fear Region and Junior Golf Tour) 

  • Merchandiser of the Year (Private): Paul Consolo, PGA (Yeamans Hall Club)

  • Merchandiser of the Year (Public): Chris Brown, PGA (Tobacco Road Golf Course)

  • Merchandiser of the Year (Resort): Josh Wagaman, PGA (Cougar Point – Kiawah Island Golf Resort)

  • Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Gregory Crum, PGA (Secession Golf Club)






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AHEAD / E-Z-GO CPGA Pro-Pro Championship

It's just about that time! With another year nearly gone, we're excited to close it out with one of our biggest and most exciting tournaments of the year - The AHEAD / E-Z-GO CPGA Pro-Pro Championship. The event takes place Tuesday - Thursday, December 1-3, 2015 at three courses - Pinehurst CC. No. 4, Talamore-Mid South Club, and Pinewild CC of Pinehurst.

We look forward to seeing you all there - remember to share your adventures with our official hashtag #CPGAPROPRO

For additional information, please visit the BlueGolf Tournament Info Webpage.

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CPGA Special Awards Committee Meeting

Exciting news coming out of CPGA HQ today as the Special Awards Committee selects this year's Section Award Winners! Stay tuned for the official announcement coming soon.


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2015 Teaching & Coaching Workshop


The Carolinas PGA Teaching and Coaching Committee hosted its first ever annual workshop: A New Blueprint for the Complete PGA Coach: Driving Revenue to Your Lesson Program. The event took place November 18, 2015 at Cobblestone Park Golf Club and included a series of "TED" Talk style presentations from a group of nine carefully selected teaching and coaching professionals throughout the Section who discussed a range of topics for improving lesson programs. Nearly 80 Section Professionals and Apprentices attended the Committee's event and spent the day learning new techniques and tips for growing golf. 

Thank you all for a fun and successful day!

*Event photos can be found on our Facebook page

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2016 PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Application

The 2016 PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program application process is now open! Graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of PGA members in good standing can apply on to be considered for financial support for college. The deadline date for submitting the online application is March 1, 2016. The applicant will have until March 18, 2016 to submit their transcript, scores and supporting documents. The link to apply online is


The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program is an academic based scholarship program that takes into account the following criteria depending on the class level of the student:


High School Graduating Senior:
- High School cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- ACT and/or SAT test scores
- Extracurricular activities


Current College Student (has not reached senior year)
- College cumulative GPA must be at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- Most recently completed college semester or quarter GPA
- Extracurricular activities


In addition, financial need will be taken into consideration. If applying for financial need, the applicant must also submit the Expected Family Contribution score from your Student Aid Report, along with his/her transcript and application. The number of scholarships earned will be limited to two scholarships over four years of undergraduate college attendance.


We wanted to make sure you were aware of this great Member Benefit. For further info, please contact The PGA of America via this link.

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Team South Carolina has a Magical Time at PGA Junior League National Finals

The PGA Junior League All-Star Team from Columbia, SC, coached by Tom Mason, celebrated a fifth place finish at The PGA Junior League National Championship Finals at The Palm Course at Disney World.  Team South Carolina was one of eight teams in the entire nation to make the finals that took place on November 5th – 8th.

“Our kids really struck the ball solidly in all four rounds. The difference was the putter in the first two matches.  New Jersey and Georgia simply made more birdies and eagles than we did. We shot scores under par in all 32 of our nine hole matches. I think our kids should be really proud of what they accomplished this year,” said Coach, Tom Mason.



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99th PGA Annual Meeting

Team CPGA is having a blast at the 99th PGA Annual Meeting, with events taking place all throughout the week. Here are just a few highlights thus far. For additional updates, please see here and remember to follow along on social media with the official event hashtag #PGA15Annual!


We'd also like to extend another special congratulations to Brad Clayton, PGA, CPGA and winner of this year's National Deacon Palmer Award. Brad was honored at the PGA's Awards Ceremony yesterday evening. Way to go, Brad! 

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PGA Junior League Championship in Full Swing

Our SC PGA Junior League Golf Team, coached by Tom Mason, PGA, CPGA, ParTee Golf Center, is surely enjoying sunny Florida. More importantly, they're enjoying their first match, which just kicked off this afternoon. Join us in wishing our SC team the best of luck as the Championship continues! 



*ICYMI: Player, Jalen Castle, was featured in a special story on Golfweek today. Read the full story here

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Mike Townsend Memorial Fund Charity Golf Tournament

 The Mike Townsend Memorial Fund Charity Golf Tournament takes place this Sunday at Kiawah Island Club - Cassique Golf Course. The first event of many to help in the remembrance of a great friend, mentor, husband and father. We hope to see you there!

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SC PGA Jr League Team Featured on Golf Channel

The Golf Channel featured team member, Jalen Castle, from our South Carolina PGA Junior League team this morning. We're thrilled to have one of our Carolinas teams heading to Disney to compete for the Championship title this week (Nov. 5-8). To watch the segment in its entirety, click the image below. Go Team SC!



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Golf Digest: Best Teachers (2015-2016)

Golf Digest today released its 2015-16 list of the Best Teachers in America! We're thrilled to see so many from North and South Carolina included on this year's list. To see the full list, visit this link.


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On the Fringe: November

The November issue of On the Fringe is here! Click the image to view. 



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National Car Rental 14th Annual CPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am

The National Car Rental 14th Annual CPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am kicks off today as part of the #ProAmSeries! Our events will take place today through this Wednesday, October 28 at three locations: Paiute-Wolf Course, Dragon Ridge CC and Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas. Additional info can be found here


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Fall Friday!


It's a beautiful, sunny morning here at HQ! Nothing like some October sunshine and cooler temps to get you excited for a post-work round. Happy Friday! 

Be sure to follow @carolinaspga on Instagram for more:

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Haas Charges Back to Win OMEGA CPGA Match Play

Jerry Haas, PGA, won the inaugural OMEGA Carolinas PGA Match Play Championship held on Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course.

ixteen of the top-playing CPGA Members competed in the Section's first match play championship in decades. The competitors qualified through their play at CPGA major championships in 2015.  At each event, they gained points which went toward the Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year List Presented by OMEGA.  The top finishers were rewarded with the highest ranked seeds.

Two rounds of matches were played each day where the field was reduced from 16 to 8 to 4 to 2.

Field in order of seed:
  1. Jerry Haas - Wake Forest University
  2. Cory Schneider - The Pointe GC
  3. Rick Morton - Rock Creek G&CC
  4. Kelly Mitchum - Pinehurst CC No. 1-5
  5. John Faidley - Forsyth CC
  6. Derek Easter - Chicora G&CC
  7. Zac Collins - Treyburn CC
  8. Chris Haarlow - Precision Golf School
  9. Jeff Wells - Eagle Point CC
  10. John Thompson - Carolina Lakes GC
  11. Julian Bland - The Cliffs at Keowee Falls
  12. Greg Boyette - Bulls Bay Club
  13. Dale Ketola - Potential Golf
  14. Steve Isley - Oak Island GC
  15. Rick Lewallen - Life Member
  16. Eerik Kauppinen - Dick's Sporting Goods

This morning, #1 Haas met #4 Kelly Mitchum in one of two semifinal matches.  Haas won 2 holes up.  #2 Cory Schneider and #11 Julian Bland followed them, and Bland won 1 hole up.

In the afternoon championship match, #11 Bland, the PGA Head Professional at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, almost pulled off the upset of the tournament over #1 Haas, the Men's Golf Coach at Wake Forest University.  Bland held the lead through the vast majority of the match.  He entered hole #14 three holes up  (a comfortable lead with only four holes to play), but Haas won each hole to claim victory 1 up.

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CPGA Teaching & Coaching Committee 2015 Annual Workshop


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OMEGA CPGA Match Play Championship

Our first ever OMEGA Match Play Championship kicks off today at Daniel Island Club! 16 Section Members qualified for this event via the 2015 Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Presented by OMEGA list. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for updates from this week's event. We look forward to two exciting days of competition!


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CPGA's Rick Morton, PGA Invited to Play 2016 Senior PGA Championship

On Sunday, October 18, John Dalcorobbo claimed a victory at the 2015 Senior PGA Professional National Championship (Senior PNC) at Bayonet and Black Horse.  It is with that, that DalCorobbo will lead the events low 35 finishers into the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 26-29, 2016, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Among those 35 qualifiers is our very own Rick Morton, PGA, Head Professional of Rock Creek Golf & Country Club in Jacksonville, NC. Morton carded a final total score of 287 (68-70-77-72) and is excited to head to Harbor Shores next year. We’re wishing him the best of luck. Congratulations, Rick!  


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Update: Next Executive Director


 The full press release can also be viewed here.

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort to Host 6th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Clinic Series

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Weather for Hilton Head Island, SC
Thursday November 26 01:28am EST
57° F

Humidity: 84%
Wind: NNE 4 mph

2015 HHIPGA Events


2015 Winter Pro-Pro
Berkely Hall
Monday, December 14th
2015 Pro-Pro-Pro-Pro-Event 
Callawassie Island Golf Club
Monday, November 9th 
2015 Par Fore Kids Boy Pro-Am
Boys and Girls Club
May River Golf Club
Monday, September 21st


2015 HHIPGA Professional Championship
Assistant Championship
Wexford Golf Club
Monday-Tuesday, September 14-15th

Assistants Final Results
Assistants Payout

Professionals Final Results
Professionals Payout


2015 HHIPGA Hilton ead Open
Port Royal Golf club

Prize Money
2015 POY Points


2015 HHIPGA Summer Pro-Pro
Dataw Island

Scoring Summary
Prize Money 


2015 HHIPGA Pro-Assistant
Callawassie Island Club

Team Summary
Prize Money
2015 POY Points

2015 Individual Stableford
Oldfield Golf Club

Stableford Points
Prize Money
2015 POY Points

2015 HHIPGA Pro-Scratch
Oldfield Golf Club

Live Scoring

Prize Money
2015 POY Points
Skins Game

2015 HHIPGA Pro-1am
Haig Point Club
Saturday, June 27th
1:00pm Shotgun

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