Today is July 6, 2015
 
Category:   
rss RSS Feeds

2015 Hilton Head Open 

August 7th-9th

Port Royal- Robbers Row

     

The 41st Annual Hilton Head Open will be held at Port Royal-Robbers Row. The Hilton Head Open is an annual event presented by the Hilton Head Island Chapter of local PGA Professionals.

 

This event hosts a lot of history, dating back to 1975 and is open to Hilton Head Island Chapter Professionals and Amateurs who live in or own property in Beaufort County. For many years, it has benefited many charities, and we remained steadfast in this goal. 


The Hilton Head Island PGA has selected to partner with the North American Special Olympics as our title charity.  Part of the proceeds from your entry will be donated to the North American Special Olympics and their upcoming event at Port Royal.  Port Royal Golf Club will welcome an estimated 240 Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners - the largest attendance for the regional golf tournament to date - with over 250 volunteers, along with families, proud supporters, and staff.  Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners will compete for awards in each level of competition.  Competitors will be placed into divisions (based upon age, gender and ability level), affording each athlete the opportunity to showcase their skills.  Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Port Royal Golf Club is honored to be selected by Special Olympics to host the 2015 Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament, September 10-13, 2015.  For more information please contact infoathh@heritagegolfgroup.com.

 

Our hope is that you will participate in the 41st Annual Hilton Head Open. This year participants will need to register online and pay with a credit card. Accompanying this letter each participant will have their own username and password. If you know someone that would like to play and did not play last two years, they need to call or email Tom Logue to receive their username and password. When updating profiles, please provide all information

 

 

Sign Up Today 

Players MUST email. fax or mail a copy of the Registration Form

then use the online Payment Method to complete Registration for the Event

Event Registration Form

Pro-Am Registration Form

Online Payment

Interested in Playing in the Pro-Am, but do not have a team? Email Tom Logue at hhipga@event-man.net

 

 

 
Category:


CPGA Pro-Assistant Championship Begins with Hole-in-One

Our Pro-Assitant Championship kicked off this morning at River Landing Country Club in Wallace, NC. With that, we've already seen a hole-in-one! Brian Phelps of the Dunes Club claimed the epic shot on his first hole of the day (#10) - 144 yards, 9 iron. It's certainly one for the books - congratulations, Brian!

 

 

We're wishing all players the best of luck today and tomorrow as they compete for the title as champion. As you can see, it's already a very exciting tournament!

 

Additional Information

View More...

The July Issue of On The Fringe is Here!

Happy July! The latest issue of On the Fringe is available for viewing today and you won't want to miss it. Not only was June a busy month but the past few days alone brought some major developments to the Section. On Monday, June 29, 2015 the CPGA Section's Executive Director, Ron Schmid, PGA announced his plan to retire at the end of the year. We're wishing him and his family the best on their new endeavors. 

Please join us in congratulating Ron on his hard work and great contributions to the Section over the past 16 years and to the industry over the past 45. A great leader and dedicated golf professional who will undoubtedly be missed! 

 


Read the full cover story and more in our new issue - 
CLICK TO READ

 

 

View More...

Charles Frost, PGA Finishes 12th at PGA PNC

Congratulations to our very own Charles Frost, PGA one of our eleven competitors in this week's PGA Professional National Championship event at Philadelphia Cricket Club. Charles Frost made the final cut this afternoon as he tied for 12th place with an overall score of 284 (+2). We just so happened to catch him on an interview with The Golf Channel as he finished his final round.

We're thrilled to see that Frost will have the chance to participate in the PGA Championship. A job well done!

Event leaderboard



View More...

CPGA Professionals Progress in PGA PNC!


 

We're excited to announce that four of our PGA Professionals have made it to the third round of the PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA and OMEGA this week at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. 


As of Monday evening, the following CPGA Members were set to move forward as the event continues:

  • Charles Frost (T2) of Johns Island S.C. with 72-67-139
  • Chris Haarlow (T23) of Greensboro N.C. with 76-67-143
  • Greg Boyette (T79) of Awendaw S.C. with 75-72-147
  • Jerry Haas (T79) of Winston-Salem N.C with 71-76-147


Follow the scores with us - the leaderboard can be found here. Best of luck to Charles, Chris, Greg and Jerry who compete today as the third round takes place! 

View More...

Blake Taylor and Victoria Husky Capture 2015 CPGA Junior Championship

 

Blake Taylor of Atkinson, NC and Victoria Husky of Greenville, SC won the 2015 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28 at The Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

 

By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Taylor and Husky qualified for the 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, Aug. 3-6, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Taylor, 17, posted a final-round 68 for a two-day total of 136 and a 1-stroke victory over Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury, NC. Husky, 17, had a final-round 74 for a two-day total of 144 and a 1-stroke victory over Kasidy Beckel of Okatie, SC.

 

The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the nine PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.

 

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Inbee Park, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, Lexi Thompson, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

 

Click here for complete tournament results

View More...

CPGA Junior Championship to take place this weekend

The 2015 CPGA Junior Championship kicks off tomorrow at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University. For pairings and additional information, see here. Best of luck to all of those competing in our most popular junior golf event of the year!

 

View More...

John Derr – Celebration of Life - Save the Date

 We have been in communication with John Derr’s daughter (Cricket Gentry) since his passing and she has decided to have a celebration of her father’s life on Tuesday, August 18th, 3:00PM – 6:00PM at the Pine Needles Conference Center in Southern Pines, NC.  Speaking should begin around 3:00PM followed by a gathering to tell stories of John’s life. There will be light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.  Please respond to Liz Muroski (lmuroski@pgahq.com), Carolinas PGA Media and Promotions Director, by Friday, August 7 if you plan to attend.  We want to be able to pass along a head count so they will have an idea of how many to expect. Thank you!     

 

View More...

CPGA Members Prepare to Play PGA PNC

 

This weekend marks the 48th  PGA Professional National Championship and, with that, 11 Carolinas PGA members will make their way to Philadelphia Cricket Club to compete! Following are those who qualified from the CPGA Professional Championship last year at Duke University Golf Club. We’re wishing the best of luck to all of our golfers. 

 

1

Jerry Haas  Winston Salem, NC, Wake Forest University

-5

67

72

72

211

 

T2

Chris Haarlow  Greensboro, NC, Precision Golf School

-3

75

72

66

213

 

T2

Charles Frost  Kiawah Island, SC, Kiawah Island - River

-3

71

70

72

213

 

4

Greg Boyette  Awendaw, SC, Bulls Bay GC

-2

72

71

71

214

 

T5

Rick Lewallen  Kannapolis, NC

E

70

75

71

216

 

T5

Blair Smith  Huntersville, NC, Birkdale Golf Club

E

72

71

73

216

 

T5

John Thompson  Charlotte, NC, Carolina Lakes Golf Club

E

75

66

75

216

 

T8

Mitch Adams  Troy, NC, Denson's Creek

+1

72

72

73

217

 

T8

Adam McLaughlin  Greensboro, NC, Alamance CC

+1

71

72

74

217

 

T10

Dale Ketola  Little River, SC, Potential Golf

+2

76

69

73

218

 

T10

Kris Cappuzzo  Charlotte, NC, Raintree CC

+2

73

71

74

218

 



The 2015 PGA Professional National Championship Field as of June 24, 2015 can be found here: http://www.pga.com/nationalchampionship/news/2015-pga-professional-national-championship-field?cid=pgacomsocial_tw_sf10226313  

View More...

Club Car CPGA Pro-Official

         


The team of Mike Benner, PGA, and Bob Potter from Coosaw Creek CC captured the Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Championship Presented by Greg Norman Collection & Dunning Golf at Trump National GC - Charlotte.  They combined to fire an impressive round of 62 (-10), three strokes clear of the competition.


>>> Scores & team prize amounts


         


(L-R) Champions Bob Potter &
Mike Benner, PGA
View More...

2015 Section Professional Championships

Registration is underway for two out of three of the 2015 CPGA Professional Championships.  Make sure to sign up before the deadlines as they are firm and determine how many qualifying spots we receive in the respective national championships.

CPGA Professional Championship
Resort Club at Grande Dunes - Myrtle Beach, SC
Tuesday - Thursday, July 28-30
Fee: $290
Registration

Deadline: July 7
CPGA Senior Professional Championships
Cape Fear National - Leland, NC
Tuesday - Wednesday, August 4-5
Championship - $150
Deadline: July 28
Sr. PNC Qualifying - $140
Deadline: July 14
CPGA Assistant Professional Championship
Cabarrus CC - Concord, NC
Monday - Tuesday, August 10-11

Fee: $180
Registration
Deadline: July 21


**Condition of Competition for Grooves & Punch Marks
Please be aware that this condition of competition WILL BE in effect.  For the Senior Championship, it will be for all professionals competing from the championship tees, whether qualifying or not**

View More...

DCP events see high participation throughout Carolinas


 

Local Drive, Chip and Putt event qualifiers hosted by the CPGA seem to be taking youth golf by storm in the area. With three events wrapped over the last few days, the Section has seen well over 300 junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 15 participate in its tournaments.  

 

Drive, Chip Putt events are an incredible opportunity to introduce many youngsters to the game as well as showcase the talent of many of our local junior golfers. We're thrilled to have already seen so many join us this year for competition!

 

Over the next several weeks, the CPGA will host the remaining eight local DCP qualifiers. After that, sub-regionals take place. 

 
See here for our full DCP Carolinas schedule and remember you can follow along with our official hashtag: #CPGADCP

View More...

Bryan Park Golf Course Begins Sprigging Process

Let the sprigging begin! Bryan Park Golf Course began the process this week on its Champions Course. Sprigging is the process of removing stems from mature bermudagrass stands and replanting the vegetative cuttings in a different location. We look forward to seeing some fresh bermudagrass out there soon!



View More...

Forsyth Celebrity Pro-Am Event Raises Over $119K for The First Tee of the Triad

Forsyth Country Club hosted its annual Celebrity Pro-Am this past weekend, and capped the festivities with its Annual Summer Gala event held on Monday, June 15, 2015 benefitting The First Tee of the Triad. Funds raised from the tournament, along with items up for grabs in its silent auction, helped garner over $119,000 for the program this year.
 

                                                   

In the five years since its first installment, the tournament has raised more than $500,000 for The First Tee of the Triad. In a news story published recently by The Winston-Salem Journal, John Faidley, PGA, Head Golf Professional of Forsyth Country Club, was quoted saying," We are on target this year to raise between $110,000 and $120,000, and that’s a little more than in past years so we’re hopeful." Well, it certainly helps to be hopeful. Not only did Faidley and his team at Forsyth reach their goal in funds raised for the organization (a total of $119,148), but they hosted a wonderful evening to celebrate a program that continues to benefit and improve youth golf in the Carolinas and beyond. For this, we thank John Faidley, his staff and all of the PGA Professionals involved for their efforts and continued support.  

 

For more information on The First Tee, please visit: www.thefirsttee.org

*Pictured: Mike Barber, CEO of The First Tee of the Triad, and John Faidley, PGA, Head Golf Professional at Forsyth Country Club.

View More...

91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T

 

Registration is now available for the Carolinas Section's longest-running Championship, the 91st Carolinas Open presented by BB&T. The 54-hole championship will once again be held on the Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf Course in Greensboro, N, which recently underwent greenside bunker renovations this spring for a better playing experience! 

  

Online registration, along with other CPGA tournament information, can be found via the following link:


http://carpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/carpga15/event/carpga1533/index.htm
To view this page properly, make sure to use the most recent version of Internet Explorer or another browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

 

The registration deadline is Thursday, August 13th by 5:00 PM.

 

 

View More...

Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifiers Kick Off in the Carolinas

The time has arrived - Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifiers for the Carolinas begin this week! For those of you who aren't aware, a partnership among the Masters Tournament, USGA, and PGA of America was established to create this event, whereby boys and girls, from age 7 to 15, participate in Qualifying events in hopes of making it to the National Finals in Augusta, GA, which will be held the Sunday prior to the Masters every year.

This year, the Carolinas PGA Section is hosting 11 local qualifiers throughout North and South Carolina, followed by two sub-regional qualifiers. The CPGA is thrilled to support the Drive, Chip & Putt initiative for another year. 


Taking place this week are the Bryan Park GC Local Qualifier in Browns Summit, NC (June 18), the Callawassie Island Club Local Qualifier held in Callawassie, NC (June 18) and the Governors Club Local Qualifier in Chapel Hill, NC (June 20). If you and your child are attending any of this year's events (listed below), show your support on social media with our official hashtag #CPGADCP


View More...

Family Golf Week to take place July 15-18

Registration is now open for Family Golf Week presented in partnership with the PGA TOUR Superstore. Family Golf Week places an emphasis on family bonds and particularly those created through memorable events and fun competition, specifically, golf. The Father & Son Team Classic, Father & Daughter Team Classic and the Mother & Daughter Team Classic will be held July 15-18, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

ABOUT FAMILY GOLF WEEK

 

  • Family Golf Week’s 2015 tournament headquarters will be located at Legends Golf & Resort. Legends Golf & Resort was selected as host of the tournament headquarters for a number of reasons. Legends Golf & Resort has been a golf course participant for many years. Each of the three golf courses at the Legends has hosted tournament play through a scheduled rotation. Heathland, Moorland and Parkland at the Legends Golf & Resort are highly requested and recognized golf courses and host tens of thousands of golf rounds annually. In fact, the Legends was recently recognized as the 2014 “Golf Course of the Year” by the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association.

     
  • National Father & Son Team Classic: On July 15 – 18, 2015, fathers and sons will unite in Myrtle Beach, SC, "The Seaside Golf Capital of the World", for the 17th Annual National Father & Son Team Classic presented by PGA TOUR Superstore. This three-day family oriented event has become the largest father-son golf event in the world. Eligibility for the tournament is open to any combination of players on a team as long as there is a generation gap between them and they do not need to be biologically related.
     

  • The 54-hole competition in 2014 drew more than 850 players from 46 states and 7 foreign countries - 24 flights in all. The 2015 tournament host sites include Shaftesbury Glen, Thistle Golf Club, West Course at Myrtle Beach National, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort, Moorland Course at Legends Resort, Prestwick Country Club, Rivers Edge and Tiger’s Eye at Ocean Ridge Plantation. For more information, visit www.FatherSonGolf.com.  


  • Father & Daughter Team Classic as well as the Mother & Daughter Team Classic:  In its inaugural year, these 2015 events will be held July 15 – 17. The tournament host sites include Arrowhead Country Club, World Tour Golf Links, Sandpiper Bay and one more course that has not yet been named. For more information, visit www.MotherDaughterGolf.com  and www.FatherDaughterGolf.com

     
  • With the increase in the number of military families participating in this annual event, the tournament committee elected to honor the brave personnel of the U.S. armed forces by partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation. With this partnership, the Folds of Honor Foundation will be able to further their dedication to supporting military families across the country by providing educational opportunities to children and spouses of wounded and fallen heroes who have sacrificed so much by defending the freedom of this nation.

 

For more information, please visit www.familygolfweek.com

View More...

SwingPals Opens Eyes for At-Risk Youth

Childhood. Youth. The early years. No matter the term, all have one consistent, underlying truth: potential. Whether realized or not, it is characteristic of children. However, it’s a matter of where and when it’s unleashed that truly makes an impact. Childhood is a crucial time for youth to explore opportunities and activities that inspire, to set goals, to find passions and pursue. Unfortunately, coming across such opportunities isn’t always an easy feat for everyone.

 

There are thousands of children facing adversity nationwide. With limited access to transportation, children living below the poverty line are forced to find activities in school – a place they are guaranteed access to every day. Fortunately, one golf-inspired program, created by a Carolinas PGA Professional, with a passion to inspire at-risk youth through the sport, is bringing more opportunity to this demographic and growing the game one swing at a time. 

The program is called SwingPals – an initiative that allows children facing hardship to fully realize their potential and lead confident, productive and enriched lives. The game-changing program was brought to life by PGA Professional Doug Hodges with inspiration stemming from his involvement in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. With Doug’s thorough background in golf and mentoring, it wasn’t long until his two passions became one. Today, that program is SwingPals and it is an up and coming driving force behind innovative and effective coaching in the world of golf. 

 

The full story can be found here (from the June issue of On the Fringe). For more information, please visit www.swingpals.org and be sure to follow SwingPals on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
 

 

View More...

John Derr Passes at 97

From the Associated Press (June 7, 2015)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- John Derr, who reported from the Masters a record 62 times and broadcast from the 15th green when it first was on television, died of an apparent heart attack, his daughter said Sunday. He was 97.

Cricket Gentry said her father watched American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. She went to his house after the race Saturday evening and found him in his chair in front of the TV.

"It was like he had stood up and said, 'Hooray!' and then fell over," said Gentry, a paramedic for 40 years.

The manner of his death in some respects defined his life. Derr was there for so many big moments, starting with his first Masters in 1935. His life spanned all 12 of the Triple Crown winners.

According to Golf Digest, he was a 17-year-old reporter for the Gaston Gazette when he went to a college football game and sat next to O.B. Keeler, who suggested he attend a spring tournament at Augusta National hosted by Bobby Jones.

Derr went to the 1935 Masters, the year Gene Sarazen made his famous albatross on the par-5 15th hole, a shot that put the Masters on the map. He was working for CBS Radio went he went to Carnoustie in 1953 as Ben Hogan won his only British Open to complete the Grand Slam.

Along the way, he forged relationships with some of golf's giants — Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson — along with running into the likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford. He wrote about his encounters his third book, "My Place at the Table."

Derr was interviewed by Golf Digest four years ago when he told of seeing Einstein taking his daily walk along the golf course at Princeton. He asked Einstein if he had ever played the game and the genius told him, "I tried once. Too complicated."

Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982.

His daughter said Derr suffered a major heart attack while working the Greater Greensboro Open in 1969, and then another heart attack while hospitalized.

"He had a near death experience," she said. "They revived him and he told me, 'I have no fear of death. I've been there and back, and it's beautiful.'"

A veteran of World War II, Derr moved to Pinehurst in 1973. Gentry said her father wrote his own obituary a few years ago. He was actively working on an audio version of some of his books.

A memorial service was pending. She said her father will be buried in the family plot in Charlotte.

- See more at: http://www.carolinasgolf.org/blog-post/home/homepage/year/2015/id/103215/golf-journalist-john-derr-dies-at-97#sthash.6I7m9tEX.d

From the Associated Press (June 7, 2015)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- John Derr, who reported from the Masters a record 62 times and broadcast from the 15th green when it first was on television, died of an apparent heart attack, his daughter said Sunday. He was 97.

Cricket Gentry said her father watched American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. She went to his house after the race Saturday evening and found him in his chair in front of the TV.

"It was like he had stood up and said, 'Hooray!' and then fell over," said Gentry, a paramedic for 40 years.

The manner of his death in some respects defined his life. Derr was there for so many big moments, starting with his first Masters in 1935. His life spanned all 12 of the Triple Crown winners.

According to Golf Digest, he was a 17-year-old reporter for the Gaston Gazette when he went to a college football game and sat next to O.B. Keeler, who suggested he attend a spring tournament at Augusta National hosted by Bobby Jones.

Derr went to the 1935 Masters, the year Gene Sarazen made his famous albatross on the par-5 15th hole, a shot that put the Masters on the map. He was working for CBS Radio went he went to Carnoustie in 1953 as Ben Hogan won his only British Open to complete the Grand Slam.

Along the way, he forged relationships with some of golf's giants — Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson — along with running into the likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford. He wrote about his encounters his third book, "My Place at the Table."

Derr was interviewed by Golf Digest four years ago when he told of seeing Einstein taking his daily walk along the golf course at Princeton. He asked Einstein if he had ever played the game and the genius told him, "I tried once. Too complicated."

Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982.

His daughter said Derr suffered a major heart attack while working the Greater Greensboro Open in 1969, and then another heart attack while hospitalized.

"He had a near death experience," she said. "They revived him and he told me, 'I have no fear of death. I've been there and back, and it's beautiful.'"

A veteran of World War II, Derr moved to Pinehurst in 1973. Gentry said her father wrote his own obituary a few years ago. He was actively working on an audio version of some of his books.

A memorial service was pending. She said her father will be buried in the family plot in Charlotte.

- See more at: http://www.carolinasgolf.org/blog-post/home/homepage/year/2015/id/103215/golf-journalist-john-derr-dies-at-97#sthash.6I7m9tEX.dpuf

From the Associated Press (June 7, 2015)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- John Derr, who reported from the Masters a record 62 times and broadcast from the 15th green when it first was on television, died of an apparent heart attack, his daughter said Sunday. He was 97.

Cricket Gentry said her father watched American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. She went to his house after the race Saturday evening and found him in his chair in front of the TV.

"It was like he had stood up and said, 'Hooray!' and then fell over," said Gentry, a paramedic for 40 years.

The manner of his death in some respects defined his life. Derr was there for so many big moments, starting with his first Masters in 1935. His life spanned all 12 of the Triple Crown winners.

According to Golf Digest, he was a 17-year-old reporter for the Gaston Gazette when he went to a college football game and sat next to O.B. Keeler, who suggested he attend a spring tournament at Augusta National hosted by Bobby Jones.

Derr went to the 1935 Masters, the year Gene Sarazen made his famous albatross on the par-5 15th hole, a shot that put the Masters on the map. He was working for CBS Radio went he went to Carnoustie in 1953 as Ben Hogan won his only British Open to complete the Grand Slam.

Along the way, he forged relationships with some of golf's giants — Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson — along with running into the likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford. He wrote about his encounters his third book, "My Place at the Table."

Derr was interviewed by Golf Digest four years ago when he told of seeing Einstein taking his daily walk along the golf course at Princeton. He asked Einstein if he had ever played the game and the genius told him, "I tried once. Too complicated."

Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982.

His daughter said Derr suffered a major heart attack while working the Greater Greensboro Open in 1969, and then another heart attack while hospitalized.

"He had a near death experience," she said. "They revived him and he told me, 'I have no fear of death. I've been there and back, and it's beautiful.'"

A veteran of World War II, Derr moved to Pinehurst in 1973. Gentry said her father wrote his own obituary a few years ago. He was actively working on an audio version of some of his books.

A memorial service was pending. She said her father will be buried in the family plot in Charlotte.

- See more at: http://www.carolinasgolf.org/blog-post/home/homepage/year/2015/id/103215/golf-journalist-john-derr-dies-at-97#sthash.6I7m9tEX.

From the Associated Press (June 7, 2015)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- John Derr, who reported from the Masters a record 62 times and broadcast from the 15th green when it first was on television, died of an apparent heart attack, his daughter said Sunday. He was 97.

Cricket Gentry said her father watched American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. She went to his house after the race Saturday evening and found him in his chair in front of the TV.

"It was like he had stood up and said, 'Hooray!' and then fell over," said Gentry, a paramedic for 40 years.

The manner of his death in some respects defined his life. Derr was there for so many big moments, starting with his first Masters in 1935. His life spanned all 12 of the Triple Crown winners.

According to Golf Digest, he was a 17-year-old reporter for the Gaston Gazette when he went to a college football game and sat next to O.B. Keeler, who suggested he attend a spring tournament at Augusta National hosted by Bobby Jones.

Derr went to the 1935 Masters, the year Gene Sarazen made his famous albatross on the par-5 15th hole, a shot that put the Masters on the map. He was working for CBS Radio went he went to Carnoustie in 1953 as Ben Hogan won his only British Open to complete the Grand Slam.

Along the way, he forged relationships with some of golf's giants — Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson — along with running into the likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford. He wrote about his encounters his third book, "My Place at the Table."

Derr was interviewed by Golf Digest four years ago when he told of seeing Einstein taking his daily walk along the golf course at Princeton. He asked Einstein if he had ever played the game and the genius told him, "I tried once. Too complicated."

Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982.

His daughter said Derr suffered a major heart attack while working the Greater Greensboro Open in 1969, and then another heart attack while hospitalized.

"He had a near death experience," she said. "They revived him and he told me, 'I have no fear of death. I've been there and back, and it's beautiful.'"

A veteran of World War II, Derr moved to Pinehurst in 1973. He served as Executive Director of the Carolinas PGA Section from 1975 - 1985 and won the CPGA Hall of Fame Award in 2011. Gentry said her father wrote his own obituary a few years ago. He was actively working on an audio version of some of his books. 


A memorial service / life celebration will be held in late August in the Pinehurst area. She said her father will be buried in the family plot in Charlotte.

In the meantime, cards may be sent to Cricket Gentry at 25 Campbell Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.


A full story has also been published by Pinehurst.
Read here 

View More...

CPGA and OMEGA Partner Up

Through its national partnership with The PGA of America, OMEGA will become the Presenting Sponsor of the national PGA Professional Player of the Year awards.  The Swiss watchmaker and the world's largest professional sporting association are also pleased to announce a similar partnership at the Section level, which will enhance the opportunities of all Carolinas PGA Section professionals.


The Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Presented by Omega title will go into effect for 2015.  As part of this partnership, the Carolinas PGA Section also proud to announce its brand new OMEGA CPGA Match Play Championship to be held at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC on Wednesday and Thursday, October 21-22.  From the 2015 Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Presented by OMEGA points list, the top 16 Class ‘A’ CPGA Members will qualify for the event.  There will be a minimum purse of $10,000 at stake. For Player of the Year standings, click here.

View More...

Peninsula Club CPGA Senior Open Results

The Peninsula Club CPGA Senior Open took place Monday and Tuesday of this week (June 8-9) at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, NC. Doug Thompson of Southern Pines, NC earned the title as Overall Champion after a one-hole play off against Gus Ulrich of Whispering Pines, NC. 

Doug Thompson
Professional and
Overall Champion
Mark Hodges 
Champions Winner
 
Ron Carpenter
Super Senior Champion
 

Herb Conway
Legends Champion
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 




Championship Tees (Professional & Champions Divisions): 6,467 yards    Rating: 71.2   Slope: 128

Super Senior Tees: 6,108 yards   Rating: 68.7   Slope: 126

Legends Tees: 5,653 yards   Rating: 67.8   Slope: 123

Click here for full leaderboard
 

Many thanks to the Peninsula Club for their hospitality and to all players for joining us this week! 

View More...
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   ...   next ›  last »