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Gibson & Frost Win The E-Z-GO CPGA Pro-Pro Championship

Carolinas PGA - E-Z-GO CPGA Pro-Pro Championship Results  Click here for complete tournament results Click here for photos Dates: Nov 29 - Dec 1 Courses:Pinehurst No. 2(Pinehurst, NC), Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst-Holly(Pinehurst, NC), Talamore Golf Resort - Mid South(Southern Pines, NC)   GIBSON & FROST WIN THE E-Z-GO CPGA PRO-PRO CHAMPIONSHIP The team of Charles Frost, PGA and Tommy Gibson, representing Old Town Club in Winston-Salem, NC won the 2016 E-Z-GO Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship Presented by Ahead, Global Golf Sales, Stitch Golf, and Tifosi Optics held in historic Pinehurst, NC. Frost, Old Town’s PGA Head Professional, and Gibson, an Apprentice Assistant Professional, posted rounds of 70-66-60 = 196 (-19) to finish tied with Jeff Avant, the PGA Head Professional at Rolling Hills CC in Monroe, NC, and Larry George, the PGA Head Professional at River Landing CC in Wallace, NC.  That duo earned scores of 66-70-60 = 196 (-19).   Three formats were used for the 54-hole championship on three courses each day.  Both teams happen to have been assigned the same rotation   -    Mid South Club / www.midsouthclub.com / Captain's Choice   -    Pinehurst CC No. 2 / www.pinehurst.com / Four-Ball Stroke Play (better ball)    -    Pinewild CC of Pinehurst (Holly) / www.pinewildcc.com / Modified Alternate Shot The duo played four playoff holes at Pinehurst CC No. 2 using a loop of Holes #18, 1, and 17 where they tied each hole.  After the second time through #18, it was determined that there was not enough daylight left to play another full hole.  The competitors were taken to 140 yards out on the 18th fairway.  Avant and George both bogeyed, and Gibson made a two-foot putt for par and the victory.   (L-R) Champions Tommy Gibson & Charles Frost, PGA In the senior contest, Donald Padgett, a PGA Life Member and former President and COO of Pinehurst Resort & CC, with Ed Sabo, also a PGA Life Member, were impressive.  With rounds of 68-61-64 = 193 (-22), they finished eight strokes ahead of Ron Schmid, a PGA Life Member, and Karl Kimball, the PGA Director of Golf at Hillandale GC in Durham, NC who recorded scores of 71-62-68 = 201 (-14).   (L-R) Senior contest champions Ed Sabo, PGA & Donald Padgett II, PGA In addition to three days of competition, the field enjoyed two social functions and a nighttime putting contest.  On the afternoon prior to the tournament, Global Golf Sales conducted its season-ending Par-3 Challenge on Pinewild CC of Pinehurst’s par-3 Azalea course.  The majority of the field qualified through meeting/education attendance, volunteering, growth of the game activities, committee involvement, and tournament participation.  The purse was $10,000 with $9,000 being dedicated to skins on each hole with no carryovers.  Results can be found here. The CPGA sincerely thanks its title partner E-Z-GO for its continued support of the Pro-Pro Championship.   -    E-Z-GO – www.ezgo.com We of course also thank our four presenting partners.   -    Ahead – www.aheadweb.com   -    Global Golf Sales – www.globalgolfsales.com   -    Stitch Golf – www.stitchgolf.com   -    Tifosi Optics – www.tifosioptics.com A number of supporting partners also contributed.   -    Evolve Golf – www.evolvegolf.com   -    Hole-in-One U.S.A. - www.hiousa.com   -    ProGolfWeather – www.progolfweather.com   -    Source4 - www.source4.logomall.com     View More...

Carolinas PGA Announces 2016 Section Award Winners

  The Carolinas PGA is 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.  With over 230 nominations this year, only 10 are selected by the Committee to receive these honors. The following Carolinas PGA Professionals are this year's honorees and 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  John Faidley, PGA (Forsyth Country Club) Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year Bill Sampson, PGA  (Old Tabby Links at Spring Island Golf Club) Horton Smith Award Rick Murphy, PGA (Rick Murphy Golf Academy & Greensboro National) Bill Strausbaugh Award Jeff Dotson, PGA (The Country Club of NC) Player Development Award Chris Haarlow, PGA (Precision Golf School) Youth Player Development Award Kevin Britt, PGA (Country Club of Spartanburg) Merchandiser of the Year (Private) Andrew David Bryce, PGA (Quail Hollow Club) Merchandiser of the Year (Public) Charles Johns IV, PGA (The Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University) Merchandiser of the Year (Resort)  Justin Van Heukelom, PGA (Bald Head Island Club) Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Nicklaus Cannon, PGA (Charlotte Country Club)   *Additional information about each honoree can be found HERE*   Please join us in congratulating these Carolinas PGA Professionals on their much-deserved honors!    View More...

Carolinas PGA Section Grows With Addition Of Player Development & Foundation Operations Manager Position

Greensboro, N.C. (December 1, 2016) – The Carolinas PGA Section is proud to announce the promotion of staff member and PGA Professional Christopher Gaines to Player Development and Foundation Operations Manager. Gaines previously assumed the role of resident Tournament Official at Carolinas PGA Headquarters.  The Player Development and Foundation Operations Manager position was recently established by the Carolinas PGA Section and Carolinas PGA REACH Foundation in their need to find an individual with the ability to develop and grow the programs and initiatives of the Carolinas PGA REACH Foundation. Gaines will be responsible for the planning and execution of all player development programming, including youth golf initiatives, as well as managing current funding resources of the Foundation. In addition to member development and volunteer recruitment for all player development initiatives, the bulk of his responsibilities will include the implementation of  Foundation programs to include youth, diversity & inclusion and military (PGA HOPE) initiatives (including 2017 PGA Championship foundation initiatives at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte), the management of day-to-day operations for the Carolinas PGA Junior League Golf program, and, in cooperation with the PGA of America, USGA and Augusta National Golf Club, management of the day-to-day operations of the Section’s Drive, Chip & Putt Championship local, sub-regional and regional competitions. “We are delighted to promote Chris to his new role.  We have exciting plans for the Carolinas PGA REACH Foundation and Chris will undoubtedly help take it to a new level!” says Carolinas PGA Executive Director, Jeff Abbot.  Chris has been part of the Carolinas PGA Section team for nearly a year and officially assumes his new role today (December 1, 2016)!       View More...

Remembering Peggy Kirk Bell

  The Carolinas PGA mourns the death of Peggy Kirk Bell, a pioneer in golf and a true legend of the game.  She was a player, teacher, and one of the game’s best ambassadors.  For her numerous contributions she was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 2013.   Mrs. Bell left an indelible mark on the game and will be truly missed.   A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at 2:00pm at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines on Monday, November 28th from 6-8pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT) in Greensboro, NC.  For more information CLICK HERE   For those attending the Carolinas PGA E-Z-GO Pro-Pro Championship, a moment of silence will be observed before the competition begins on Tuesday to honor Mrs. Bell. Discussions were held by CPGA leadership and host staff to determine if any changes to the competition could be made to accommodate those wanting to attend the funeral on Tuesday; however, with over 325 competitors and partners traveling to the event from all parts of the Carolinas, it was deemed too difficult at this late juncture to modify the event.   Please keep Mrs. Bell’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate her life and numerous accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf.   View More...

Well Wishes

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!    View More...

Decision Day for 2016 CPGA Section Awards

It's a big day at CPGA HQ! The Carolinas PGA Section Awards Committee meets today to discuss and determine our 2016 winners. This year's committee is headed up by senior chairman, Mike Harmon and co-chaired by Carolinas PGA President, John Marino and Carolinas PGA Honorary President, Chad Newton, and comprised of the ten Section Award Winners from 2015.  *This year's winners will be notified on or around December 1 and publicly announced following this date (only once all winners have been successfully contacted).*   View More...

Gus Ulrich, PGA Earns Spot in 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship

Congratulations to Carolinas PGA Professional, Gus Ulrich (Whispering Pines, NC), who recently earned himself a spot in the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Gus was one of 264 players who competed in the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship (Presented by GolfAdvisor & Mercedes-Benz) at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on November 17-20. He tied for 7th place with a four round playing total of 280 (-8), earning a spot in the top 35 who will advance to next year’s Senior PGA Championship. He posted scores of 68, 70, 70 and 72 finishing just behind Mike Northern of Colorado Springs.  For finishing in the top 15, Gus also receives enough points to earn the title as the 2016 Carolinas PGA Tommy Card Senior Player of the Year. Gus captured the title of Carolinas PGA Senior Professional Champion at the CPGA Senior Championships held at Daniel Island Club in July.  He is currently Director of Instruction at Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst and Golf Coach at Sandhills Community College.  View More...

Questions About Our App?

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CPGA Professionals Head to 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship

Good morning and good luck to our members playing in the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship, which kicks off today at the Wanamaker Course in Port Saint Lucie! Pictured L to R: Tony Branham, Neal Lancaster, Mitch Adams, Gus Ulrich, Rick Lewallen, Robert Linville, Michael Hutcheon, Doug Weaver. You can follow along with play using the LIVE PGA Leaderboard that currently lives at the top of our website's homepage. Best of luck, you guys! Additional Info on PGA.COM  View More...

Carolinas PGA Officers Attend 100th PGA Annual Meeting in NYC

  Carolinas PGA President John Marino, Vice President Paige Cribb, Secretary Bob Byrnes and Executive Director Jeff Abbot represented the Section at the 100th PGA of America Annual Meeting in New York City last week.  It was an action packed centennial celebration featuring 50 year PGA member Jack Nicklaus as the keynote speaker.  District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s bid to become the next secretary came up short, as Jim Richerson, the General Manager of Whistling Straits, prevailed over Murphy and North Florida PGA’s Russ Libby.  Highlights included Paul Levy being sworn in as the 40th President, Cary Cozby (Southern Hills CC of Tulsa, OK) receiving the PGA’s Golf Professional of the Year, Carolinas PGA Past National Presidents Gary Schall, Will Mann and Roger Warren leading the Past Presidents Forum and Derek Sprague’s Outgoing Presidents Dinner.  CLICK HERE for more information on the annual meeting. View More...

Rick Murphy's Bid to Become Next PGA Secretary Comes Up Short

Outgoing District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s campaign to become Secretary of the PGA of America came to an end last week at the PGA’s Centennial Annual Meeting in New York City.  It was a hard fought election won by Jim Richerson of the Wisconsin Section over Murphy and Russ Libby of the North Florida PGA.  Murphy issued the following statement after Friday’s election: “I am honored to have been afforded the chance to campaign for PGA of America Secretary in the PGA’s Centennial Year. The opportunity to run alongside candidates like Russ Libby and Jim Richerson was a truly humbling and insightful experience. I congratulate Jim and look forward to the future as we work together to grow this great game while serving our members. I will continue to share my knowledge and expertise from my experience as a PGA District Director,  Carolinas PGA Board Member, PGA Teaching Professional, business owner and mentor for golfers young and old as I strive to make the most beneficial and positive contributions to the sport we all know and love. Let this serve as a reminder to all of my PGA friends, family and colleagues that, no matter how you serve your association, your local golf community, or the industry as a whole, your commitment to the game of golf is appreciated, valued and makes a difference.  Thank you all for your support and efforts to join me on this journey.”   Murphy spent countless hours the past year on the campaign trail, and we all owe Rick and his campaign team a big thank you for their efforts to better our Association.  For more election coverage, CLICK HERE. View More...

OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion

Way to go, Haarlow! Congrats to Cubs fan and OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion 2016. Go ahead and celebrate those wins!  RECAP & MATCH PLAY BRACKET   View More...

Scariest Holes on the PGA TOUR

Happy Halloween! Check out these scariest holes on the PGA TOUR - a few of which are right here in the Carolinas!   View More...

Happy Birthday Peggy Kirk Bell!

Our 44th Hall of Fame Inductee, Peggy Kirk Bell, turns 95 today. Wishing her the happiest of birthdays!  View More...

Stuart Clark Heads to Assistant PGA Professional Championship

We're wishing the best of luck to Stuart Clark at the Assistant PGA Professional Championship this week in Port St. Lucie! Stuart qualified for the PGA of America tournament by winning the Carolinas PGA National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship in August at River Run Country Club.   Read the full story from MyrtleBeachOnline Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/sports/golf/article110263487.html#storylink=cpy View More...

2016 PGA Scholarship Winners

The PGA of America recently selected its 2016 National PGA Scholarship Section winners and we are thrilled to announce that nine CPGA member-affiliated students were selected to receive scholarships. 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. It 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   Four winners from the high school category and five from the college category, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding. Among these individuals, two candidates were awarded the John Cox Scholarship - $5,000 and seven were awarded the National Scholarship - $2,000.     CAROLINAS SECTION – HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Award Winner Award PGA Member Hannah Hundley National 2016 Jonathan F. Hundley, PGA Jonathan Michala National 2016 Jamie D. Michala, PGA Samuel Parsons National 2016 Thomas J. Parsons, PGA Sarah Grace Cuthbert National 2016 Grange S. Cuthbert, PGA   CAROLINAS SECTION – COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Award Winner Award PGA Member Eliza Cann National 2016 John A. Abernethy, PGA Leslie Thelan John Cox 2016 Brian K. Thelan, PGA Madison MacDonald National 2016 Darin M. MacDonald, PGA Molly Russell National 2016 Rodney B. Russell, PGA Samantha Ellison John Cox 2016 Todd Ellison, PGA   For additional information on the program, please visit pga.org. Congratulations to all! View More...

Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area Challenge Finals

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area Challenge Finals presented by Bionic, Maui Jim and Sterling Cut Glass.  Given the effects of Hurricane Matthew, we truly appreciate everyone’s effort to join us for this special event.  Congratulations to the Area VII winning team of Derek Watson, Bob Byrnes and Jason Toryk who fired an impressive 50 point total in this modified stableford scoring event with 12 birdies and an eagle!     View More...

Some Helpful Info for Hurricane Matthew

Carolinas PGA Professionals: Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Matthew as this storm moves in this weekend. For those bracing for Matthew, we’ve made some helpful information available regarding golf course preparedness – a plan produced by Ron Hickman, PGA, post Hurricane Katrina. We share this now in hopes that it may help those PGA Professionals in the path of Hurricane Matthew as it makes landfall. Additionally, PGA Members who are impacted and may suffer personal loss, for which they will have un-reimbursed out of pocket expenses, the PGA Disaster Relief Fund may be able to provide assistance. Please contact the PGA Headquarters Membership Department at 800-474-2776 if you need more information. Best of luck to all during this sensitive time, Carolinas PGA Section HQ View More...

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Nazareth Captures CPGA Professional Championship

(Wilmington, NC) - Savio Nazareth emerged as the winner of the 2016 Carolinas PGA Section Professional Championship held at Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC. Early during the morning of the third and final round, play was suspended due to dangerous weather.  Unfortunately, the tournament was unable to resume play despite a valiant effort by CC of Landfall's maintenance staff.  The remnants of Tropical Storm Julia threw multiple cells of rain and lightning at the coastal town of Wilmington throughout the day.  Teeing grounds, fairways, bunkers, and putting greens were under mass amounts of water.  It was eventually determined that if it did stop raining, the course would require too much maintenance to allow for even a reduced nine-hole stipulated round.  As a result, the final round was canceled, and the championship was based on 36 holes.  However, the Committee held a number of competitors behind to hopefully conduct a few playoffs later. After two rounds, Nazareth, a PGA Assistant Professional at Starmount Forest CC in Greensboro, NC, and PGA Teaching Professional James Stewart of Old North State Club in New London, NC, shared the lead at 141 (-3).  A window in the weather system was found, and some course preparation allowed the championship to be finished using the 432-yard 13th hole.  Stewart got in trouble off the tee, finding a large area of casual water.  After taking relief, he hit his approach short right of the green guarded by a tall oak tree on the left.  Nazareth, who was positioned on the right side of the fairway, then threw his shot to approximately 18 feet past the flag.  Stewart's pitch came up 20 feet short.  Still being away, he narrowly missed his par putt, leaving the door open for Nazareth, who calmly two-putted for the victory. The importance of this win was obvious when Nazareth immediately broke into tears as Stewart congratulated his fellow competitor.  Not only did Nazareth earn the title of "Carolinas PGA Professional Champion," the first place prize of $10,000, a beautiful crystal, and a framed championship flag, he also earned an exemption into either the PGA Tour's 2017 Wells Fargo Championship or Wyndham Championship.       View More...
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