Today is September 3, 2015

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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2015 Summer Pro-Pro

Better Ball and Scramble of Partners

James Scales & David Jones, PGA- Wexford Plantation

Congratulations to James Scales and David Jones from Wexford Plantation for winning the HHIPGA Summer Pro-Pro event at Dataw Golf Club. With an impressive score of 65, James and David played the Best Ball Front side and Scramble Backside in spectacular form to edge the win by one stroke.  After play, the top five teams plus ties qualified for a special shootout. Nine teams teed off on Dataw's 3rd hole, where only four tea,s moved onto holes 8 & 9 to finish the shootout. After spectacular play, Jake Johnson and Luke McClellan edged out James and David in the shootout to win the side competition for the day. Special thanks to Dave Britton and the team at Dataw for a great event. 

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SwingPals Initiative Recognized in PGA Magazine

This month's issue of PGA Magazine features an assortment of intriguing content, from golf travel topics to championship/tournament recaps and new product lauches. However, our favorite topic in the September publication is a feature story on SwingPals - a youth golf initiative based in Durham that we first reported on in the June issue of On the Fringe. We're thrilled to see a story so close to home garner attention on a national scale. Check it out below (page 132) and be sure to share!


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On the Fringe: September 2015

The September issue of On the Fringe is now available! Click the image below or visit this link to view. Don't forget to share with your colleagues, friends and family on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #CPGAOnTheFringe!  

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2015 Carolinas PGA Awards and Honors Nomination Process Begins


The Carolinas PGA Awards & Honors process has begun!  By clicking on this link OR the image above, you will be able to nominate worthy peers who have displayed excellence in their profession over the last year.  Self-Nominations will not be accepted. The nomination process is only open to Class "A" members in good standing.  You will need your PGA.ORG (formerly PGA Links) USERID and PASSWORD to access the nomination form. The entire online nomination process should take approximately five minutes to complete.


Criteria for each category and the award winners from the last two years is available by request.  If you have any trouble accessing the nomination form, or obtaining the criteria sheet, please do not hesitate to give us a call.


Please remember, only Class A Members of the Carolinas PGA may be nominated for any award.  The process will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 18th.


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Daniel Island CPGA Senior Open Results

PGA Professional and Life Member Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, NC has won the Daniel Island CPGA Senior Open held at Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek course in Daniel Island, SC. The 36-hole tournament was cut short to 18 holes today, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Excessive rainfall caused Monday's round to be canceled.

Lewallen carded a 5-under par 67 today, making 5 birdies and an eagle on the par-5 11th hole to win the Overall Championship by 3 shots and the Professional Division title by 4. Coming in second place with a 71 was Mitch Adams, PGA General Manager at Densons Creek Golf Course in Troy, NC. That was just enough for Adams to keep his 1st place ranking in the CPGA's Tommy Card Senior Professional Player of the Year list, with Lewallen now only 22.5 points behind.

In the Champions Division, amateur Steven Kidd of Liberty, NC came in first place with a 2-under par 70. Kidd took the 50-55 age group in the Champions Division, while amateurs Tim Boynton of Beaufort, NC and Ed Galbavy of Seabrook Island, SC tied for first in the 56 & up age group. Accomplished Carolinas golfer John Walters of Charlotte, NC won the Super Seniors Division and the 68 and up age group with a 2-under par 70. Mark Stephens of Troutman, NC won the 63-67 age group in the Super Seniors Division with a 1-under par 71. The Legends Division went to none other than George Kennon of Greensboro, NC. Kennon won a scorecard playoff over Don Tew of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, who tied Kennon with a score of 76. This is Kennon's fourth straight Legends Division win of the year.


The CPGA would like to thank the membership and staff of Daniel Island Club for hosting the event and providing the players with a great playing experience.

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Ed Ibarguen, PGA, Named 46th CPGA Hall Of Fame Inductee

GREENSBORO, NC (August 28, 2015) 
It is our great honor to announce that the 46th Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame inductee is PGA Master Teaching Professional, Ed Ibarguen, PGA. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive group of the finest PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf who have called the Carolinas home. The PGA of America lists 37 characteristics of PGA Professionals including being a motivator, community leader, business manager, accomplished player, trained instructor, counselor, and friend. The Section’s Hall of Fame members have displayed traits such as these over the span of their lives and careers to the benefit of their community and the game of golf at large. These individuals have positively impacted countless individuals through professional and personal relationships.

“The Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame has once again opened its doors to a legend,” states Carolinas PGA President, Chad Newton, PGA. “Ed Ibarguen, PGA of Duke University Golf Club has been selected as the 46th inductee into our Hall of Fame. Please join me in congratulating Ed on this well-deserved accolade for his countless contributions to the game and his facility along with his tireless work on the Section level and National platform.”



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Jerry Haas Putts His Way to Victory at 91st Carolinas Open


(GREENSBORO,NC) - Jerry Haas, PGA, and Head Men's Golf Coach at Wake Forest University, is the winner of the 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T, held at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, NC after shooting 69-70-65=204 (-9).

Jerry came into the final round of competition one stroke behind Cory Schneider,PGA of The Pointe Golf Club. After the first nine holes, Jerry took a one-shot lead over Cory and did not look back. His putting proved to be the strongest part of his game today as Jerry only needed 21 total putts. His final round of 65 (-6) was not only the low round of the tournament, but it earned a six -shot victory over Savio Nazareth, PGA, of Starmount Forest who shot 69-74-67=210 (-3).

With this win, Jerry has earned enough points to claim the coveted 2015 CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Award Presented by Omega. This title will also give him an exemption into a PGA Tour event in 2016. Jerry has recent experience playing in PGA Tour events as he competed in the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club earlier this month and he played in the 76th Senior PGA Championship Presented by Kitchen Aid - one of the world's four majors in senior professional golf,  where he finished in a tie for 17th.

Matt Elliot of Wilkesboro, NC was the low amateur of the Carolinas Open, shooting 71-72-71=214 (+1)

The Carolinas Open is the oldest running professional golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted annually since 1923 when the Carolinas PGA Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC.   Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history including Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum have been champions.

The 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is a 54-hole stroke play with a cut to the low third and ties upon completion of 36 holes.  47 competitors survived the cut and competed in the final round.  This is an official 2015 CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by Omega Points Challenge event.

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91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T


The third and final day of the 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is in full swing! For updates and results, please follow along with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as here. As scores are updated through Blue Golf, they will be posted. 


We're wishing the best of luck to our remaining players and send a special thanks to our partner sponsor BB&T, as well as our host facility, Bryan Park Golf Course. 

The weather is holding up for us this morning. We look forward to another day on the course and, what we expect to be, an exciting final round.


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A Tribute to Mike Townsend

This morning golf professionals, family and friends gathered at Bryan Park Golf Course (Champions 13) to honor the late Mike Townsend, PGA, Carolinas PGA Member with tribute tee shots into Lake Townsend. The event took place prior to the 91st Carolinas Open Pro-Am, which kicks off the tournament this week presented by BB&T (tournament days: 8.25-8.27). Friend and fellow PGA, CPGA Member, Charles Frost spoke first, followed by Mike's wife, Katherine. Mike and Katherine's son, Spencer, took the first tee shot for his father followed by participating golf professionals and friends.

We would like to take a moment to thank all of those who participated and showed their support for Mike and his family this morning at Bryan Park.




For more photos from this event, please contact Media and Promotions Director, Liz Muroski (

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Rocky Brooks on Inside The PGA Tour


Rocky Brooks, PGA, CPGA, Director of Golf at Sedgefield Country Club is featured on Inside The PGA Tour during the Wyndham Championship this week. Click the image to view or visit this link

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Townsend remembered at Whistling Straits


As the 2015 PGA Championship took place this past weekend at Whistling Straits,  player, CPGA Member and PGA Head Golf Professional at Kiawah Island Club - River Course, Charles Frost, took some time to remember his colleague and friend Mike Townsend, recent CPGA Section Professional Champion.

Check out the full video and story here via The Golf Channel as well as another story published by ESPN, found here

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Charles Frost, PGA Offers Tips for the Knock Down Shot



Charles Frost, CPGA Member and PGA Head Golf Professional at Kiawah Island Club - River Course teaches the knock down shot during the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits with PGA Tour Player, Ben Martin. Click the image to see the full video or visit this link.

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PGA of America Honors Carolinas PGA Professional with Deacon Palmer Award 2015

BROWNS SUMMIT, NC (Aug. 14, 2015) - The Carolinas PGA is thrilled to announce that one of its very own, Brad Clayton, a PGA Master Professional in Teaching at Puzzle Duck Golf, in Oxford, North Carolina, is the recipient of this year’s Deacon Palmer Award. The Deacon Palmer Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership, in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his or her life. This individual is an unsung hero at their facility and in their community, who serves to inspire, empower and assist others, both inside and outside of the game.

After 13 years of either working as a PGA Assistant Professional, teaching or competing in various U.S. mini tours and competitions in Europe, Clayton lost his hand in an accident in 2000, when his shirt was caught in an auger that was digging holes for the net posts of his new Teaching and Learning Center. Clayton was transported to Duke University Hospital where he was able to keep his elbow after five surgeries and a week of four hours per day in a hyperbaric chamber. Despite the accident and the difficult journey that ensued, Clayton maintains that losing his hand, behind the birth of his two children, Nickolas and Winona, was the best thing that ever happened to him. His reasoning was the accident has provided opportunities for him to bond with individuals with similar circumstances – especially veterans – and spread a positive message through golf and horseback riding. A PGA member since 1992, Clayton is now a full-time teacher, maintains his golf range and is a volunteer in many events within the Carolinas PGA Section. He currently serves on the Section’s Teaching and Coaching Committee, was named Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year in 2008, and has been actively involved with many clinics and programs focusing on veterans in golf.

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Registration Now Open for the Asst. Association Pro-Salesman



Registration is now open for the CPGA Assistants’ Association Pro-Salesman event, presented by the Carolinas Golf Salesman Association. Entry Deadline: September 10



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Charles Frost, PGA speaks with Golf Channel


Golf Channel speaks with Charles Frost, CPGA member and Head PGA Professional at the Kiawah Island Club - River Course in advance of the PGA Championship. His pairing with Ben Martin makes this the first teacher-pupil combination to play in the same PGA Championship since 1978! WATCH VIDEO

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Allwood Takes Title at National Car Rental CPGA Assistant Championship


Rohan Allwood of Blythewood, SC won the National Car Rental Carolinas PGA Assistant Championship Tuesday, August 11, at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, NC.

By winning, Allwood qualified for the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship, Oct.  29 – Nov. 1, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its nineteenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.

Allwood, an apprentice head professional at Woodlands Country Club in Columbia, SC, posted a final-round 67 for a tournament total of 136 and a two-stroke victory. Three players finished in a tie for second place at 138, including Jeff Wells, PGA assistant professional at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC, Ray Franz, assistant professional at Daniel Island Club in Daniel Island, SC, and Luke McClellan, assistant professional at Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie, SC. The men played a yardage of 6,788 yards on the par 72 course, while the women played a yardage of 5,601 yards.

Joining Allwood, Wells, Franz, and McClellan in qualifying for the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship were Troy Spencer, assistant professional at Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe, NC, Travis Cashion, assistant professional at Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, SC, and Nick Cannon, PGA assistant professional at Linville Ridge Country Club in Linville, NC.

The 132-man field for this year’s 39th edition of the PGA Assistant Championship consists of the top-4 finishers from last year’s Championship, if eligible, as well assistant’s and apprentices from a weighted average of total entries of the 41 PGA Sections.

The winner of the 39th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The Champion, if eligible, earns a berth in the 49th PGA Professional Championship, June 26-29, 2016, at Turning Stone Resort. The top-70 finishers and ties after the second round will make the cut.


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Drive, Chip and Putt Photos Now Available

This year's wave of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship Events have been a blast in the Carolinas! With only one sub-regional event left to go, we're thrilled to already see so many of our junior golfers head to the next stage in the DCP tournament. For those events we've already held, photos can be found on our Facebook page or at this link. Please feel free to tag yourself, your champion, and save photos to your computer for personal keepsakes. 


Our final stop on the sub-regional DCP leg is at Fort Jackson GC on August 29th. We look forward to seeing all of our SC competitors on the field for a fun-filled day of golf. 



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Contestants Gear Up for DCP Sub-Regional Qualifiers


The first of two Drive, Chip, Putt Sub-Regional Qualifiers kicks off tomorrow at Greensboro National GC. On Saturday, more than 120 youth golfers will gather to compete in the next round of the DCP golf competition. The top two placeholders from this competition will head to Regionals - thus moving closer to the chance to play Augusta National Golf Club next April. Who knows, this event could produce a finalist! We look forward to a fun-filled day on the course - best of luck to all of those competing!

Following this, our SC Sub-Regional Qualifier will take place at Fort Jackson GC on Saturday, August 29. For more information on that event, please visit this link.


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Clem King, PGA Wins Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Title

Clem King, PGA of Columbia, SC, winner of the Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Championship August 5, 2015 at Cape Fear National will lead 7 Section PGA Professionals to compete Oct. 15-18, in the 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The national Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz, will make its first visit to Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.

The planned 36-hole championship was cut short to 18 holes after extensive rainfall on Tuesday caused the course to become unplayable. King turned in a winning score of 3 -under-par 69 to capture the Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Leland Tourism Development Authority and supported by Mercedes-Benz. King defeated local PGA Professional David Thore in a one-hole sudden death playoff, making birdie on the par-5 eighth. They are joined by PGA Professionals Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, NC, Daniel Thore (brother of David) of Reidsville, NC, Mitch Adams of Troy, NC, Rick Morton of Jacksonville, NC, and John Faidley of Winston Salem, NC in qualifying for the 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The Senior PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections, and features a total purse of $285,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Bayonet and Black Horse Courses. The Bayonet Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes.

Mercedes-Benz USA is returning as a presenting sponsor.

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Carolinas PGA to Host 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T

The Carolinas PGA Section is excited to announce the return of the annual Carolinas Open to Bryan Park Golf Course Tuesday-Thursday, August 25-27, 2015. The 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T, a 54-hole championship, will once again take place on the Champions Course at Bryan Park, which recently underwent greenside bunker renovations for a better playing experience. The course’s bermudagrass also received sprigging treatment. 

The Carolinas Open is the longest running golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted annually since 1923 when the Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC. Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history including, Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum have been champions at the Carolinas Open. 


Set along scenic Lake Townsend, the Champions Course at Bryan Park was built to fulfill Mr. Joseph M. Bryan’s vision of having a national level golf course that was accessible to the public.  Rees Jones; course design features 97 sand traps, numerous grass bunkers and hollows, and seven holes along the lake.  The Champions Course at Bryan Park was awarded Runner-up best new public golf course by Golf Digest in 1990. 

“We’re delighted to once again host the Carolinas Open at Bryan Park Golf Course,” says CPGA Executive Director, Ron Schmid, PGA. “An event of this stature wouldn’t be made possible without BB&T and Bryan Park Golf Course. We’d like to thank them for their continued support and contributions to this highly anticipated event.”




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Mike Townsend, the PGA Head Professional at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course won the 2015 Carolinas PGA Section Professional Championship held at the Resort Club at Grande Dunes.


Townsend's week started off with a pedestrian round of 71 (-1); however, he caught fire on day two and set a new competitive course record with a 64 (-8) to earn a two-stroke lead.  During the third and final round, Townsend sank four birdies and made one bogey (only his third over par hole of the tournament) to card a 35-34=69 (-3) for a total of 204 (-12).

Charles Frost, the PGA Head Professional from Kiawah Island Club's River Course, entered the final round tied for 14th and seven strokes out of the lead at -2.  He made a charge on the day's front nine making the turn in 31 strokes including an eagle 2 on the par-4 #3.  However, Frost's three birdies on the back nine weren't enough to offset two bogeys.  He finished at 208 (-8), four strokes behind.  This the second year in a row that Frost finished in second place.

By winning the 2015 CPGA Professional Championship, Townsend receives the first place check of $9,500, an exemption into either the PGA Tour's 2016 Wells Fargo Championship or Wyndham Championship, and one of nine qualifying spots that were up for grabs for the 2016 PGA Professional Championship taking place June 26-29 at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.  That event will feature 312 of the best playing PGA Professionals from across the United States.  From there, the top 20 PGA Professionals will advance to compete in the 2016 PGA Championship, one of the four majors of professional golf.

The following competitors also qualified for the PGA Professional Championship:
     - Derek Easter - Chicora G&CC
     - Jerry Haas - Wake Forest University
     - Kelly Mitchum - Pinehurst CC No. 1-5
     - John Thompson - Carolina Lakes GC
     - Todd Camplin - Beacon Ridge G&CC
     - Luke Lovell - The Carolina CC
     - Zac Collins - Treyburn CC
     - Gus Ulrich - Pinewild CC of Pinehurst

Charles Frost is exempted into the 2016 PGA Professional Championship due to his T10 finish at this year's national championship held in June at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

The CPGA Professional Championship was an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Presented by Omega points event.  Whomever wins that honor will receive the PGA Tour exemption not selected by the Section Professional Champion.


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2015 HHIPGA Events

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

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2015 HHIPGA Hilton Head Open
Port Royal Golf Club

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2015 HHIPGA Summer Pro-Pro
Dataw Island

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2015 HHIPGA Pro-Assistant

Callawassie Island Club
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2015 Individual Stableford
Oldfield Golf Club

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2015 HHIPGA Pro-Scratch
Oldfield Golf Club

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

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