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2015 HHIPGA Awards Nomination


Fellow Professionals,


Please take a moment to review the past year and look over the nomination form for the 2015 Hilton Head Island Chapter Awards. You will be able to nominate worthy peers who have displayed excellence in their profession over the last year. 


Ballots may be e-mailed to

Please return by 5:00 pm, September 21st, 2015

Nomination Form




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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Carolina Courses See Heavy Rainfall

Many of our facilities, members, golf professionals, colleagues and friends have been affected greatly by the recent flooding in South Carolina and southern parts of North Carolina. These photos from Fort Jackson Country Club show just a glimpse of how much flooding took place on the coast – breaking the dam to a major lake that serves as the irrigation system for the golf course. Areas like this and near the coast, like Charleston Country Club, saw upwards of 24" of rain this weekend. It will take several days for many of these courses to be restored to safe (and fun) playable conditions. We ask that you keep those affected by this devastating rain in your thoughts as they work tirelessly to get your favorite courses back to working order. It is our hope that everyone is able to get back out on the golf course soon!


For more SC flood relief information, please see here



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On The Fringe: October

October is here and so is a brand new issue of On the Fringe! Click the image to check out the October issue and be sure to share with your friends on social media (@carolinaspga) Here's to an exciting new month as we enter fall golf season!


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Area 10 Holds Youth Golf Day

The Area 10 Youth Golf Instructional Day recently took place at Belmont Lake Golf Club in Rocky Mount, NC.

"The free event was open to all area youth ages 2 to 18 from anywhere in the northeastern and eastern parts of North Carolina. The only requirement was that participants possess the strength to swing a golf club."- NCWC

The event went off without a hitch, bringing many together for a day of fun on the golf course - a unique and wonderful way to grow the game!

Read Full News Article from NCWC Here

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SC Junior League Golf Team Claims Victory at PGA Junior League Mid-South Regional Championship

It was a close call this weekend as four teams battled it out on the golf course at the PGA Junior League Mid-South Regional Championship at Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tennessee. We were lucky enough to have both Carolina teams participate this year and, while it was a neck and neck competition, Tom Mason’s team out of Columbia, SC and Par Tee Golf Center swung their way to victory by a single flag (point).

The Regional lineup included four teams: (Columbia) South Carolina, (Greensboro) North Carolina, as well as a team from Tennessee and Kentucky. Players competed in a two-person format, with coaches allowed to substitute players every three holes, in order for all team members to participate. 

Both Carolina teams were victorious against the TN and KY teams, which led to their final pairing in session #3. Through six holes, NC had the lead 4.5-3.5 flags (points). By the final match of the tournament, SC won the first flag and NC had won the second flag.  On the third flag, SC won the tightly fought match due to a beautiful birdie putt by Guy Buffum (SC) on the 7th hole and another on the 8th hole by Johnny Hyman (SC), which secured the win for Columbia.


 Pictured Above (SC  TEAM) : Front Row – Left to Right – Jalen Castle (13), Jordan Rivers (13), Spencer Benton (12), Ford Reynolds (13), Johnny Hyman (13), Guy Buffum (13); Back Row – Left to Right – Matthew Hutto (12), Derek Loy (13), Tom Mason (Coach), Palmer Mason (13), Elliott Pope (12).

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Crittenden Chats with The Golf Channel

Our very own Jeff Crittenden, PGA spoke with the Golf Channel's Morning Drive this week as he preps for the World Long Drive Championship coming up in October. He offered up some tips on consistency and distance using a state of the art simulator.
We look forward to another exciting year in Las Vegas. For more information on tournaments and upcoming events, please see here.
Best of luck to you, Jeff!

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Happy Fall!

Happy first day of fall! Send us your course photos this season to be featured right here on our website and on our social media channels. From the high country to the low country, we want to see those beautiful pictures!  

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Five Junior Golfers from Carolinas to Make Journey to The Masters

This month, Regional DCP events for the Carolinas and Middle Atlantic PGA Sections have been taking place - the most recent being Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. With that, it is with great pleasure that we announce the successful performance of the following players who will make the journey to Augusta in April!

Girls 12-13
Sophia Burnett; 141 Points; Bluffton, SC (TPC
 Sawgrass: Regional)
Nicole Adam; 121 Points; Pinehurst, NC

Girls 14-15

Sophia Guo; 135 Points; Bluffton, SC

Boys 7-9
Hugh Faulkner, 114 Points; Greenville, SC

Boys 12-13

Daniel Adkins, 134 Points; Holly Springs, NC

One player, Hugh Faulkner of Greenville, SC, who triumphed in his age division (Boys 7-9) at Congressional CC, scored a perfect 75 points in putting - the only player to collect all the possible points for putting that day. 

In an interview with Drive, Chip and Putt, when asked about his key to succeeding on the greens, he simply said, “Don’t think as hard. I’m good at putting, so I knew I could do something good.”

We're thrilled to hear about the success of our players in this year's Drive, Chip and Putt events and we wish you all the best of luck as you make your way to The Masters at Augusta National in April! Congratulations on a job well done!

Full Recap Article From DCP

Official DCP Press Release



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End of Month Events




Carolinas PGA Area X Youth Golf Instructional Day
Belmont Lakes Golf Club
Junior golfers age 5 to 18
Serving Eastern North Carolina



You are invited to come and play golf for the Deatons during a golf marathon at the Irving Park Course of Greensboro CC. You may arrive at any time your schedule suits.  The first starting time available is 8:00 a.m. If you are unable to attend, but wish to participate, simply hold a marathon in September at your home club and we will combine the monies


Bermuda Run CPGA Senior Open
Bermuda Run Country Club (East Course)
Advance, NC

For all upcoming Meetings and Seminars, please see here
For all upcoming Tournaments, please see here.

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Paige Cribb, PGA Featured in Carolinas Golf Magazine

We're excited to see our very own Paige Cribb, PGA, Director of Student Support for the Professional Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University and Carolinas PGA Section Secretary, featured in the Fall issue of Carolinas Golf Magazine in a story highlighting women in leadership.  

Take a moment and read the FULL STORY HERE on page 16.


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Precision Golf School’s PGA Jr. League All-Star Team Advances to Regional Championship

Precision Golf School’s PGA Jr. League All-Star Team led by Precision’s Director of Junior Golf, Chris Haarlow, PGA and Teaching Professional, Drew Younts, golf instructors at Precision Golf School has advanced to the Regional Championship on September 26-27th, 2015, at Sevierville Country Club in Sevierville, TN.

The Precision PGA Jr. League All-Star Team won their State Final on August 30th after winning both of their matches at Pine Hollow Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Precision All-Star team won their first match 9-3 against the Greensboro team and their second match 8-4 over the Raleigh 1 team. The Precision All-Star team is comprised of 10 junior golfers, ages 13 and younger, from the regular season that demonstrated great abilities in the game and also sportsmanship. Those players are Michael Blair, Landon Barnes, Riley Hamilton, Luke Crouse, Austin Tate, Ayden Jersey, Thomas Markun, Andrew Wood, Alex Gould, and Harrison Hilliard.

Haarlow stated, “These junior golfers have grown up with our golf school. It was great to see them perform well on the state level.  This is a great honor for the boys and girls to represent North Carolina and Precision Golf School in the Regional Championship. I know the kids and parents are excited for the competition in Tennessee. “

The Precision All-Star team will compete against 3 other teams representing Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee  at the Regional Championship to see who will represent the Mid-South Region at the PGA Junior League National Championship on Nov. 5-8, at Disney's Palm Course, located within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

For more information about Precision Golf School, please visit their website

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Carolinas PGA Assistants Association​ Pro-Salesman

Congratulations to the Carolinas PGA Assistants Association Pro-Salesman winning team of Justin Livonius, sales representative for Bushnell and Vineyard Vines, and Troy Spencer, assistant professional at Rolling Hills CC in Monroe, NC (pictured with President of the Carolinas Golf Salesman Association JD Mann). Also, another congrats to Low Professional Jordan Walor, assistant professional at Heritage GC in Wake Forest, NC. Thank you all for your support and a great day of golf yesterday at Trump National GC Charlotte!


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26th Charles Tilghman CPGA Junior Championship

Registration for the 26th Charles Tilghman CPGA Junior Championship is now LIVE!  This is annually one of the most popular junior tournaments in the Carolinas.  Make sure you sign up right away before it fills!


Registration is open as of this Friday, September 11 at 8:00 AM. >>>  CLICK HERE  <<<

Please note that we’re serious about how quickly this tournament fills.  We ran out of space in less than an hour last year.

All contestants must register as a new user/guest when registration opens.  Any previously used BlueGolf accounts or logins for other junior organizations are not able to be used.  During the registration process please click “No Thanks” when asked to become a Senior Associate Member.  It does not apply to this tournament.

To view the BlueGolf page properly, make sure to use the most recent version of Internet Explorer or another browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

Friday, September 25 at 5:00 PM

Contestants must be of age (13-18 years old by December 13) and not currently enrolled in college or graduated from high school.
$185.00.  Includes tee gifts, two rounds of golf, and lunch both days.

Any withdrawal by 5:00 PM on November 20, will be given a refund minus a $25 administration fee
Any withdrawal after 5:00 PM on November 20 until December 10 at 5:00 PM will be given a refund minus a $75 administration fee.
No refunds will be given for a withdrawal after December 10 at 5:00 PM.


Those who are not except into the event will be placed on a waiting list.  Once registration closes, the remaining open spots will be filled based on the order of registration.  Below you will find the exemption categories.  A full list of exempt individuals can be found here.

Past Champions who are otherwise eligible (still of age and not currently enrolled in college).
Top 5 finishers in each age division from the 2014 Charles Tilghman CPGA Junior Championship.
The child or grandchild of a Carolinas PGA Professional in good standing.
Top 5 Boys & Girls on the All-Carolina Player of the Year List as of September 1, 2015.

*Those who are exempt will have to register by September 25 at 5:00 PM to secure their spot in the field*

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Brad Clayton, PGA, CPGA Inspires on Golf Channel

Brad Clayton, PGA Master Professional in Teaching at Puzzle Duck Golf, Carolinas PGA Member and recipient of this year’s PGA Deacon Palmer Award shares his inspirational story on Golf Channel's Morning Drive. WATCH VIDEO.

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Share Your Patriot Golf Day Stories!

Did you host a Patriot Golf Day event this Labor Day weekend? Share the details with us for our next issue of On the Fringe!

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PGA Golf Management University Rules Seminars

We are excited to announce the following accredited PGA Golf Management University Programs throughout the Carolinas will host free on-campus rules seminars with a member of the PGA National Rules Committee serving as the instructor.  Each seminar is a minimum of two hours with many of the programs requesting additional instructional time (either classroom or outdoor).  Seminar opportunities are listed below along with appropriate contact information for registration and to obtain additional information. Coastal Carolina University will be the first to kick off a seminar on Wednesday, September 9.


Seminar Opportunities






Coastal Carolina University



Jim Deaton, PGA


Methodist University
(Huff Concert Hall)



Bryan Jones, PGA

Krista Lee

North Carolina State University



Scott Cain, PGA

Andy Betz

Campbell University



Jim Deaton, PGA


Clemson University



Bryan Jones, PGA



The purpose of the seminars is twofold:  Informational (use of the Rules of Golf) and a mentoring opportunity for future PGA Rules Experts


Three specific topics will be covered (minimum):

  • Ensuring a solid understanding of how to use The Rules of Golf
  • Providing an overview of the PGA National Rules Committee including the role committee members play in Championship officiating and invitations received
  • Reviewing Rules 24-28/Relief Procedures


Each of these free seminars will be open to PGA Members and Apprentices and 2 MSR (required) hours will be awarded to individuals (when applicable).  

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Charles Tilghman CPGA Junior Championship Exemption Info

Registration will open for the Charles Tilghman Junior CPGA Championship Friday, September 11 at 8:00 AM. Exemptions into this event are being granted to any Child/Grandchild of Carolinas PGA Professionals in good standing. The player MUST register by September 26 at 5:00 PM to be eligible to receive the exemption. Please visit to register your child/grandchild when it becomes available. 

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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!


September Issue
(page 132)


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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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