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)
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!
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.
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 PGA.org 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 http://apps.pga.org/scholarship/.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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! http://go.pga.com/1SrMDT4
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!
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.
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!
Sixteen 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.
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!
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!
CPGA Golfers Head to 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship
The 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz kicks off this week at Bayonet and Black Horse in Seaside, California! Among the 264-player field are seven Carolinas PGA Professionals, who qualified for the event after successful play in the 2015 CPGA Senior Championship held in conjunction with the CPGA Senior PNC Qualifying this August at Cape Fear National GC. We're wishing the best of luck to the following CPGA Professionals playing in this week's event...
Clem King of Columbia, SC
David Thore of Wilmington, NC
Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, NC
Daniel Thore (brother of David) of Reidsville, NC
Mitch Adams of Troy, NC
Rick Morton of Jacksonville, NC
John Faidley of Winston Salem, NC
The Senior PGA Professional National Championship brings together 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. For more information on the event, please visit this link. You can join the conversation on social media with the official hashtag #SeniorPNC.