Carolinas PGA Member Volunteers at the PGA Championship
We still need volunteers for the PGA Championship! Thank you to those who have already signed up.
If you have not signed up and would like to help, please contact Kurt Battenberg (email@example.com).
Follow our Foundation!
PGA REACH Carolinas is now on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat! Follow along with the Foundation and join the conversation with its official hashtag #REACHCarolinas.
The PGA REACH Carolinas foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and philanthropic arm of the Carolinas PGA Section, the largest of the 41 sections in the United States of America. Our 2,000 members across North & South Carolina are committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars – Youth, Military, and Diversity & Inclusion.
With your support, we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of our youth, military veterans, and diverse populations through golf.
2017 PGA Scholarship Winners Announced
The PGA of America recently announced its 2017 PGA Scholarship winners and we’re thrilled to announce that 11 CPGA member-affiliated students were selected to receive scholarships – up from 9 in 2016. The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of a PGA member.
Of the 21 applicants this year, three winners from the high school category and eight from the college category, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding. All winning candidates were awarded the National Scholarship - $2,000.
College Scholarship Winners
High School Scholarship Winners
For additional information on this program, please visit PGA.org.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
Palmetto Golf Club Wins Again
(Cherokee, NC) - For the second time in three years, a team from Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, SC captured the National Car Rental / Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Carolinas PGA Pro-Am Presented by Club Car played at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee, NC on Monday & Tuesday, May 8-9. Brooks Blackburn, PGA, lead the team of amateurs Steve Foss, Jeff Pope, and Rodger Sharpe. In 2015, Blackburn, Pope, and Sharpe won the same tournament.
(L-R: Jeff Pope (a), Steve Foss (a), Brooks Blackburn, PGA, & Rodger Sharpe (a))
DEADLINE ALERT: South Carolina Open
Monday – Wednesday, May 22-24
Dataw Island Club’s Cotton Dike Course
DEADLINE: Thursday, May 11 at 5:00 PM
ELIGIBILITY: CPGA Members & Apprentices who are otherwise eligible as prescribed by the CPGA Tournament Rules & Regulations and amateurs who resided in NC or SC and have a current USGA Handicap Index of 5.5 or less at the time of entry, verified by a PGA Professional.
FORMAT: 54-hole stroke play with a 36-hole cut. This is an official Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by OMEGA points event and a True Temper Johnny Palmer Trophy event
The 10th annual “National Golf Day” will be held on Wednesday, April 26 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. WE ARE GOLF will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s $70 billion economy, $4 billion charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants will share stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, the nearly two million jobs that are impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value. You can celebrate National Golf Day by joining the conversation and helping spread the word online with the #NGD17 hashtag!
Carolinas PGA Vice President Brings Golf to St. James Elementary
Paige Cribb, Carolinas PGA Vice President and Director of Student Support in the Professional Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University, recently visited St. James Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, SC for its annual Career Day. She spent the day representing Coastal Carolina and teaching children about her role and the excitement that comes along with learning the game of golf. It was an exciting day for many young newcomers!
Are you interested in getting involved in golf and becoming a PGA Professional like Paige? The Carolinas PGA Section is proud to have five universities throughout North and South Carolina that offer PGA Golf Management Programs, which are managed by some of the most renowned PGA Professionals in our Section. Learn more about these exceptional universities and programs!
2017 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship
Registration for the 2017 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship is now open! Please note that registration must be completed online - we are not accepting phone-in registrations. This year's event will be held on June 24-25 at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.
On Monday April 10, 2017 Area I PGA Professionals attended The Cliffs Communities Teaching Summit at the Mountain Park facility in Travelers Rest, SC. Host professionals Sean Kennedy, PGA Director of Instruction and Kevin Britt, PGA brought in special guests to discuss physical conditioning, short game and putting analysis teaching methods to the group of PGA professionals. What a great day of continuing education and player development for our Professionals!
Are you hosting an educational golf event this year?
Share the info and photos with us and we'll highlight it on our website, social media channels and newsletter as part of our new OpportuniTEES column! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about upcoming educational opportuniTEES hosted by the Section and our PGA Professionals, see here. Don't miss out on your upcoming Area Meeting!
New Educational Opportunities
In addition to our upcoming Area Meetings, don't miss out on these exciting, FREE MSR opportunities on PGA.org!
PGA REACH CAROLINAS is here!
Check out this new video supporting our junior golf initiatives as part of PGA Reach Carolinas and be sure to stay tuned for more updates and information about our progress and plans for the foundation!
Two teams of the best playing amateurs and PGA Professionals from the state of North Carolina met for the 23rd time in a friendly team match play event called the Tar Heel Cup. River Landing Country Club located in Wallace, NC hosted this event for the third time on its River Course. For the first time since 2009, the PGA Professional team won the cup from the Amateurs with a total score of 9½ to 2½.
The PGA Professional team won each of the first day's four-ball matches where the better score of two partners for each hole counted. Each match was worth one point.
Scooter Buhrman of Gates Four G&CC / Savio Nazareth of Starmount Forest CC won 3 & 2 over Josh Nichols (a) of High Point CC / David Sargent (a) Carolinas eClub Charlotte
Chris Haarlow of Precision Golf School / Michael Hutcheon, a PGA Life Member, won 4 & 3 over Uly Grisette (a) of Forsyth CC / Lionell Sutton (a) of Walnut Creek CC
Larry George of River Landing CC / Cory Schneider of Pointe Lake & GC won 4 & 2 over David Gies (a) of Quail Hollow Club / Dustin Moore (a) of Alamance CC
Nick Jacobi of Monroe CC / Matt Vick of Pinehurst CC No. 9 won 1 Up over Scott Harvey (a) of Sedgefield CC / Paul Tucker (a) of The Club at Longview
Day two featured singles matches.
Cory Schneider of The Pointe Lake & GC won 2 & 1 over Uly Grisette (a) of Forsyth CC
Savio Nazareth of Starmount Forest CC and Scott Harvey (a) of Sedgefield CC halved their match
Chris Haarlow of Precision Golf School and David Gies (a) of Quail Hollow Club halved their match
Larry George of River Landing CC won 2 & 1 over David Sargent (a) of Carolinas eClub Charlotte
Scooter Buhrman of Gates Four G&CC and Lionell Sutton (a) of Walnut Creek CC halved their match
Josh Nichols (a) of High Point CC won 1 Up over Nick Jacobi of Monroe CC
Matt Vick of Pinehurst CC No. 9 won 1 Up over Dustin Moore (a) of Alamance CC
Michael Hutcheon, a PGA Life Member, won 1 Up over Paul Tucker (a) of The Club at Longview
Complete results are available online.
The first team with 6½ points wins the Tar Heel Cup. The PGA Professionals now hold an all-time lead of 14-6-3.
Both the Carolinas PGA and the Carolinas Golf Association extend their sincere thanks to the members and staff of River Landing for their incredible hospitality.
Junior Golfer Places at DCP National Finals
We're so excited to see one of our DCPers place at the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals held at Augusta this past weekend.
Clinton Daly of Charlotte, NC took second place in the boys 12-13 age group Driving a 6, Chipping a 9 and Putting a 9 to a total score of 24. His victory at the regional and subregional levels in 2016 afforded him the opportunity to participate in the national finals championship the Saturday before the Masters. Way to go, Clinton and congratulations on your win!
Learn more about Clinton here
2017 Area Meeting Schedule
Our 2017 Area Meeting Schedule is Now Available! Info: www.carolinas.pga.com/education
State Open Registration Now Available!
66th South Carolina Open Presented by Yamaha Golf Cars
Dataw Island Club’s Cotton Dike Course – Beaufort, SC - www.Dataw.org
Monday – Wednesday, May 22-24
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Deadline: May 11 at 5:00 PM
53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid
The Club at Irish Creek – Kannapolis, NC – www.LiveAtIrishCreek.com
Tuesday – Thursday, June 6-9
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Deadline: May 25 at 5:00 PM
93rd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T
Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center’s Champions Course – Greensboro, NC – www.BryanPark.com
Tuesday – Thursday, August 1-3
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Deadline: July 20 at 5:00 PM
5 CPGA Pros Make Golf Magazine's List of Top 100 Teachers in America
We're thrilled to share that five Carolinas PGA Professionals made the list of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America, one of the most coveted titles in instruction. Join us in congratulating these pros on their much-deserved honors!
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