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Global Golf Sales Area IX Golf Challenge Champions
Congratulations to Kevin Nagy & Derek Andersen, the Global Golf Sales Area IX Golf Challenge Champions who will advance with their Area Director (Mike Mueller) to the Carolinas PGA Area Challenge Section Championship on Monday, October 10th, at the Greensboro CC – Farm Course. Nagy and Andersen also each earn a spot in the new Global Golf Sales Par -3 Cup, a $1,000 per hole skins game on Monday, Nov 28 before the CPGA Pro-Pro Championship at Pinewild Country Club’s par-3 “Azalea” Course featuring 72 PGA Professionals.
Rick Murphy, PGA Featured in Triad Golf Today
Rick Murphy, PGA is featured in this month's issue of Triad Golf (out today ) as he continues his quest to run for office at the PGA of America.
Click the image to read the story!
Global Golf Sales Area V Golf Challenge Champions
Congratulations to Rodney Russell and Jeff Cowell, winners of yesterday's Area V Golf Challenge at Pinehurst Resort! Jeff and Rodney won via a chip off and will advance with their Area Director (Jens Klemsche) to the Carolinas PGA Area Challenge Section Championship on Monday, October 10th, at the Greensboro CC – Farm Course. Cowell & Russell also each earn a spot in the new Global Golf Sales Par -3 Cup, a $1,000 per hole skins game on Monday, Nov 28 before the CPGA Pro-Pro Championship at Pinewild Country Club’s par-3 “Azalea” Course featuring 72 PGA Professionals.
New Directory Feature Now Available in CPGA BlueGolf App!
The wait is over! We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Directory feature within the Carolinas PGA BlueGolf App! With help from BlueGolf, you are now able to access a digital version of our member directory to enhance your experience connecting and networking with CPGA Professionals on and off the golf course. The new CPGA BlueGolf App Directory enables PGA Members to connect with colleagues in just a few taps. You can search for members by Last Name and Facility Name. Information within the Directory is updated every evening by BlueGolf, in coordination with the PGA of America, in order to offer you the most up to date information possible from the convenience of your device. At this time, the Directory can only be accessed by members of the CPGA Section.
For further details about the app, how to download, access and navigate this new feature, please SEE HERE.
As the largest Section of the PGA of America, we continually strive to make our Section the best that it can be with improvements to better serve all of you and our growing golf community. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this development and, as always, are happy to help however we can to make your experience as a PGA Professional and CPGA member as successful as possible!
Kelly Mitchum to Compete in Wells Fargo Championship
Kelly Mitchum, PGA
The Townsend Family
PGA Teaching Professional Kelly Mitchum of Pinehurst Resort will be competing in the upcoming PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship on May 5-8. Kelly won a one-spot qualifier to earn the exemption. That spot was available only due to the tragic passing of our 2015 Section Professional Champion Mike Townsend eight days after his victory.
Kelly would like to honor Mike while helping to support Katherine and her two children, Spencer (3) and Ana Kate (1), with a fundraising drive during the Wells Fargo. Pledges can be made in any dollar amount, or it can be based on the number of pars and birdies Kelly makes.
Michael Townsend Trust Fund
130 Gardeners Circle, PMB #136
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Please complete this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call (910) 235-8140 with any questions.
After the Wells Fargo Championship, funds can be mailed to the address to the right. We sincerely thank you for your remembering Mike and his family while we cheer for Kelly.
A NEW Newsletter
Notice a little something different? We've migrated our popular monthly newsletter, On The Fringe, to a weekly email newsletter! Now, every Tuesday, you'll receive a new issue full of exciting news, tournament updates, spotlights and more. There's a lot happening in the Carolinas PGA Section - it is our hope that this will keep you as up to date as possible on new developments and opportuniTEES throughout the year. Happy scrolling! www.carolinas.pga.com/newsletter
IMPORTANT: Online Member Changes
In the PGA of America’s preparation for creating annual dues invoices the weekend of April 22-24, it is important that all changes to employment, sections, phones, email and the like are updated in a timely manner. This email is to ask that you make all of the necessary changes using the online change form tool, US mail, Email and/or FAX no later than the close of business on Thursday, April 21, 2016 (5PM Eastern Time).
Online Member Changes
Log on to PGA.org
Click on Edit
Click on Job & Section
Click on Access Employment Change Form
Make ALL necessary changes
Thank you for your cooperation and efforts regarding this membership matter; it is appreciated.
Haas Plays in Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Classic
Our very own Jerry Haas, PGA (Head Men's Golf Coach at Wake Forest University) has qualified to play in the Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Classic taking place this Friday-Sunday at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA. He had the low score at the Event Qualifier with a 64.
Keep an eye on the leaderboard here. Go Jerry!
Kelly Mitchum pitches in for birdie at RBC Heritage
The PGA of America is celebrating its Centennial this year and in light of this exciting milestone, has partnered with Golf Channel to shine a spotlight on all 41 PGA Sections and their featured programs and initiatives led by PGA Professionals nationwide. The PGA Section Spotlights are scheduled to air on the Golf Channel from Jan. 27–May 4, spanning 100 days in honor of the Centennial.
The Carolinas PGA Section Spotlight, aired on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Wednesday, April 13. In case you missed it, you can view the clip right here or by clicking the image. To learn more about the Carolinas PGA Section, see here!
Registration Now Open for Carolinas Junior PGA Championship!
Registration for the 2016 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship is now open! This championship event is for boys and girls ages 18 & under. The championship will take place at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University. Please use the link below to further review information and to register for the tournament. We're excited to start another new season with our junior golfers!
Information and Registration
Get to Know Our New Phone System!
ON APRIL 11, the Section officially migrated to an automated phone system. (NOTE: You can still reach staff members by their direct dials).
With this upgrade to automation, when you call the Section Office, you will be greeted with a brief welcome message followed by a short menu of options to reach specific staff members. It is our goal that this system will help direct you to the most appropriate staff member for your questions. In addition to the automated menu, if you find you’re not sure who to speak with, there will also be an option to press “0” at any time to be directed to our general line (of which all CPGA staff members will have access). Please note: If you know who you wish to speak with and select the appropriate option from the menu but are directed to a voicemail, it is likely that particular staff member is away from their desk or already on the line.
Take a moment to get to know the CPGA Staff! Prior to calling Section HQ, we recommend first visiting our website www.carolinas.pga.com, as the information you’re looking for may already be available online. As always, you are welcome to email one of our staff members or the Section address Carolinas@pgahq.com at any time.
Carolinas Junior Golfers Place at DCP Finals
We are so excited to share that the following junior golfers placed at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta this weekend!
Daniel Adkins of Holly Springs, NC earned a third place victory for the Boys 12-13 division
Hugh Faulkner of Greenville, SC earned a second place victory in the Boys 7-9 division.
Sophie Guo of Bluffton, SC earned a fifth place victory in the Girls 14-15 division.
Nicole Adam of Pinehurst, NC earned a third place victory in the Girls 12-13 division.
Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, SC earned a fifth place victory in the Girls 12-13 division.
We are so proud of all of you! Way to go!!
For 2016 leaderboard results, see here.
Five Jr. Golfers from Carolinas to Make Journey to The Masters
Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the third annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals, to be played on Sunday, April 3, 2016, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament. It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful performance of the following Carolina youth golfers who will make the journey to Augusta this weekend for an exciting opportunity to play for the national DCP title!
Sophia Burnett; 141 Points; Bluffton, SC (TPC Sawgrass: Regional)
Nicole Adam; 121 Points; Pinehurst, NC
Sophia Guo; 135 Points; Bluffton, SC
Hugh Faulkner, 114 Points; Greenville, SC
Daniel Adkins, 134 Points; Holly Springs, NC
We wish you all the best of luck as you make your way to The Masters at Augusta National!
The National Finals will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Live From the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals Pre-Game begins at 8:00 AM ET. Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals Coverage is from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET.
Full Recap Article From DCP | Official DCP Press Release
Area X Golf Challenge Champions
Congratulations to our Global Golf Sales Area X Golf Challenge Champions! Both will advance with their Area Director (Buddy Lawrence) to the Carolinas PGA Area Challenge Section Championship on Monday, October 10th at the Greensboro CC – Farm Course. Cato and Trujillo also each earn a spot in the new Global Golf Sales Par -3 Cup, a $1,000 per hole skins game on Monday, Nov 28 before the CPGA Pro-Pro Championship at Pinewild Country Club’s par-3 “Azalea” Course featuring 72 PGA Professionals.
(Ironwood CC - Greenville, NC)
SC Junior League Golfer Earns First Caddie Pick
Congratulations to SC Junior League Golfer, Jalen Castle who earns the coveted first caddie pick (for the Girls Division) at the 2016 Monday After The Masters Pro-Am!
(South Carolina Amateur Golf Magazine)
Jalen Castle and Grant Sellers earned the coveted first caddie picks at the 2016 Monday After The Masters Pro-Am. Jalen Castle wins the Girls Division in only her second SCJGA start since having a procedure called Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering to fix her spine in 2015. The West Columbia native played her first three holes at four over par, then rallied back to play her next six holes at two under and turn with a score of 38. Jalen made six pars on her way to a closing 40 to shoot 78 for the day and earn the girls top selection. Delany Mortier of North Charleston came in second one shot behind Castle.The coveted positions will get to choose their “team” based on their stroke play finish. The players will have the opportunity to get close to today’s celebrities, professional athletes, and stars of the PGA Tour.
Additionally, Jalen recently met with hero Stacy Lewis during a #ThxPGAPro taping in Houston. Jalen suffers from scoliosis and shares a similar medical story to Stacy. This was a very exciting day for both players. Jalen and the rest of her PGA JLG team, along with their coach Tom Mason, PGA will be featured in the upcoming #ThxPGAPro TV special on CBS on May 7. Keep an eye out for Jalen and the rest of her amazing team!
Find Your Area
Want to attend an upcoming Area Meeting and Golf Challenge but aren't sure which Area you belong to?
Check out our digital Area Map!
Save the Date: 2016 Global Golf Sales Area Meetings and Golf Challenges
Gear up and get ready for this year’s Global Golf Sales CPGA Area Meetings and Golf Challenges presented by Bionic Glove and the PGA Tour! Join us for a great day of golf, education and fellowship. Meet your new Executive Director, Jeff Abbot and your PGA Employment Consultant, Don Sweeting, as they join each Area Director for an interactive Town Hall Meeting.
Area X Meeting – Tuesday, March 29 (Ironwood CC in Greenville, NC)
Area V Meeting – Tuesday, April 26 (Pinehurst Resort & CC in Pinehurst, NC)
Area IX Meeting – Wednesday, April 27 (Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC)
Area IV Meeting – Thursday, April 28 (Roaring Gap CC in Roaring Gap, NC)
Area VI Meeting – Monday, May 9 (Fort Mill GC in Charlotte, NC)
Area I Meeting – Tuesday, May 10 (Bright’s Creek in Mills Spring, NC)
Area II Meeting – Wednesday, May 11 (Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, SC)
Area VIII –Tuesday, May 31 (Porters Neck CC in Wilmington, NC)
Area VII – Wednesday, June 1 (The Reserve GC of Pawleys Island in Myrtle Beach)
Area III – Thursday, June 2 (Osprey Point in Kiawah Island, SC)
Not sure which Area you belong to? View Our Area Map!
TIME: 10:00 am - “Town Hall” Meeting / Education - Business Casual Attire (Jacket, no tie)
12:00 pm - Lunch and Area Challenge Golf (9 holes) - Shorts not Permitted
*Meeting and golf times are subject to change based on availability*
MSR CREDITS: Two (2) PGA Required Credits
PGA Annual Operations Survey
The PGA of America is hosting the PGA Annual Operations Survey to help provide PGA Professionals with key statistics and benchmarking capabilities to support management of golf and club operations. Data gathered through this survey is vital to member employment and also supports state and national economic impact studies on behalf of the golf industry to reflect the importance of our multi-billion dollar industry.
Members can receive up to two MSR credits by completing this survey by the deadline (MAY 31). MSR credit is now automatically applied upon completion of the survey.
The survey is currently available for the highest-ranked PGA Professional at each facility, or to any other golf professional with proxy rights for their facility.
As a reminder, all survey responses are treated confidentially with results being reported only if there are five or more responses. To ensure confidentiality, results continue to be shared in an aggregated format and not by an individual facility.
Thank you for your participation!