PGA members Russ Libby, Rick Murphy and Jim Richerson are the declared candidates for the office of PGA of America Secretary. The election will be held on Nov. 11, 2016, at the 100th PGA Annual Meeting in New York City (via PGA of America). We're thrilled to see our very own PGA Professional Rick Murphy running for this role. Rick Murphy, PGA is the owner/director of instruction of the Rick Murphy Golf Academy & Practice Center and Greensboro National Golf Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Throughout his career, in addition to many other honors and accomplishments, Rick has received numerous awards including the Carolinas PGA Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year award, the PGA Professional of the Year, recognized as a Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Southeast, ranked by Golf Digest as a Top 10 Teacher in North Carolina, and nominated to Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America.
Check out his campaign video HERE!
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
Jonathan F. Hundley, PGA
Jamie D. Michala, PGA
Thomas J. Parsons, PGA
Sarah Grace Cuthbert
Grange S. Cuthbert, PGA
CAROLINAS SECTION – COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
John A. Abernethy, PGA
John Cox 2016
Brian K. Thelan, PGA
Darin M. MacDonald, PGA
Rodney B. Russell, PGA
John Cox 2016
Todd Ellison, PGA
For additional information on the program, please visit pga.org.
Congratulations to all!
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!
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
(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.
Charles Tilghman Jr Tournament Registration Info
Registration Opens: 10:00 AM Thursday, September 29
Registration Closes: October 13 at 5:00 PM
All of the below info regarding registration can also be found HERE.
**ALL CONTESTANTS MUST REGISTER AS A NEW USER/GUEST WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS. PREVIOUSLY USED BLUEGOLF ACCOUNTS FOR THIS TOURNAMENT ARE INACTIVE.
DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS PLEASE CLICK "NO THANKS" WHEN ASKED TO BECOME A SENIOR ASSOCIATE MEMBER. IT DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS TOURNAMENT.
Once registration opens tomorrow at 10:0) AM, THIS LINK will have a blue button that will say REGISTER NOW. Follow this link to another window to go through the registration process (name, address, CC#). Once you complete that part it will then send the application to us and will sit in Pending Status until after the October 13 deadline, see below for further details. This link is also where you can find the Exemption List, Accommodations, Practice Round Info, and any other general info you may need help with.
Exemption List Info/After You Register Info
Unless a player is on the exempt list for the 2016 Charles Tilghman CPGA Junior Championship, the Carolinas PGA Staff WILL NOT be able to give out ANY information regarding the status of a player getting into this event until AFTER registration closes on October 13 at 5:00 PM. We appreciate your patience as we allow the two week registration period to conclude before we process any non-exempt player applications.
After the deadline is over then we will put EXEMPT players in first. Once that is complete then the rest of the players will be put in to the active field based on the time and date of when they registered until we fill up the field. Then a wait list will be created with any remaining players.
This specific tournament does not have many dropouts or withdrawals.
Falling for Golf
There is nothing quite like playing a round or two with slightly cooler temps and the crisp smell of the changing leaves.
Unfortunately, those fallen leaves make it a bit harder to see your ball on the fairway. Remember, certain rules still apply even with loose impediments like leaves so, proceed with caution before going to find your ball in the foliage!
Some relevant Rules & Decisions
~ Rule 12-1b – Searching for or identifying ball covered by loose impediments in hazard
~ Decision 12-1/3 – Top of ball covered by leaves in hazard but part of ball visible from another angle
~ Decision 12-1/4 – Touching ground in bunker or water hazard with club while probing for a ball believed covered by leaves
~ Decision 13-4/13.5 – Player moved leaves in hazard by approaching ball and taking stance
~ Decision 13-4/33 – Providing relief from accumulations of leaves in bunkers
~ Decision 16-1a/9 – Palm of hand brushed repeatedly on putting green to remove small leaves
~ Decision 33/1 – Removal of leaves from putting green by Committee, whether authorized
~ Decision 33-3/31 – Declaring accumulations of leaves (at specified holes) through the green as GUR
To move or not to move? If you’re truly not sure, forego a penalty stroke and touch base with our tournament team and resident rules experts (Cory, Mike or Chris) before making your next move. We’re here to save your game!
CPGA Fall Teaching Summit A Great Success!
Thank you to all those who attended our annual CPGA Fall Teaching Summit Presented by Mizuno and Supported by Orange Whip! We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves at the event and walked away with some great learning experiences.
If you attended the Sunday night AND Monday sessions then your MSR credit will be equal to 10 Credits (2 Credits for Sunday night and 8 Credits for Monday). If you attended the Monday Session ONLY then you will receive 8 MSR credits. MSR will be posted in the coming weeks.
To refer back to the schedule of events for Sunday and Monday CLICK HERE.
To view photos from the event please CLICK HERE.
If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you! Please email any comments or concerns to Carolinas@pgahq.com
Thank you for making this year’s event a great one!
Jimmy McMullen, PGA Golfs To Benefit Folds of Honor Foundation
Carolinas PGA member, Jimmy McMullen of Salem Glen CC, plays 400 holes of golf in 24 hours benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Folds of Honor Foundation is a national charity that provides educational scholarships to children of wounded and fallen soldiers. Please click here to watch the video and read more.
Ron Schmid, PGA, Named 47th Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame Inductee
It is our great honor to announce that the 47th Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame inductee is PGA Professional and former Carolinas PGA Executive Director, Ron Schmid, PGA. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive group of the finest PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf who have called the Carolinas home.
“No words can adequately describe how I felt when I received the call from President John Marino informing me that I had been selected as the 47th inductee of the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame. To say the least, I was truly overwhelmed and honored,” shares Ron Schmid, PGA. “After taking some time to contemplate the enormity of this prestigious award, I find it hard to imagine that my name will now be associated with the likes of Donald Ross, Henry Poe and Mike Harmon, just to name a few. Being selected for the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame is without question the highest honor I have ever received and without the help of so many during my career, it would never have been possible.”
Ron will be inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center.
FULL PRESS RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING HERE
Four Carolinas Junior Golfers Move On To Augusta
Congratulations to the lucky 8 who are moving on to Augusta for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship from the regional DCP qualifier held this weekend at Pinehurst Resort. We are so excited to see four of those golfers are from the Carolinas! A special thank you to all of those who joined us at Pinehurst for a super fun event, especially all of our helpers! For results and a full recap, see here.
Thoughts & Prayers During Hurricane Hermine
We ask that you please keep those affected by Hurricane Hermine in your thoughts and prayers as this storm moves in today.
For those PGA Members who may have suffered 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 our PGA Headquarters Membership Department at 800-474-2776 if you need more information.
Share Your Patriot Golf Day Photos With Us!
Karl Kimball's Fairway of Honor has been laid at Hillandale Golf Course in honor of Patriot Golf Day and his 24 hour golf marathon taking place this weekend! The process takes him several hours (and several cans of paint) to complete. How are you or your facility supporting Folds of Honor and Patriot Golf Day this weekend? Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (or via email to Liz at email@example.com) and make sure your important efforts to support this wonderful organization don’t go unnoticed! Carolinas PGA, lead the way!
Last year, the Carolinas PGA led the nation in the number of participating PGA facilities to host events and initiatives for Patriot Golf Day. This year, we hope to do the same! There are so many exciting ways you and your team can show your support for #PATRIOTGOLFDAY this Labor Day weekend! Learn more here.
As always, we want to make sure your important efforts to support this wonderful organization don't go unnoticed. If you're hosting an event, please email photos and accomplishments from your PGD fundraisers to Liz Muroski (CPGA Director of Media and Promotions: LMuroski@pgahq.com). She will also be sending around an email reminder next week requesting this information. Thank you all for your continued support of this initiative.
CPGA Fall Teaching Summit
CPGA Fall Teaching Summit - Presented by Mizuno and Supported by Orange Whip
- Date: September 11 & 12 (Sunday & Monday)
- Location: Pine Needles Golf Academy – Southern Pines, NC
- Cost: $100 for PGA Members; $75 for Apprentices; $125 for Non PGA Members
- MSR: (2) MSR Credits for Sunday Welcome Session; (8) MSR Required Credits for Monday Full Session
- Dress Code: Golf attire, as you will be out on the range most of the day. Slacks for men and a golf shirt. Women may wear skirts/shorts.
- Lodging: Sunday Night Room Rate (Includes room only): Pine Needles - $120 plus taxes; Mid Pines - $99 plus taxes. Call: 800-747-7272 (ask for reservations, and refer to the PGA Teaching Summit).
The Carolinas PGA Teaching and Coaching Committee is excited to host the second annual Fall Teaching Summit. This two day event will feature “hands on” live instruction on the range from some of the best PGA teaching professionals in the Carolinas. The event will kick off Sunday with an evening welcome reception followed by a full day of instruction on Monday. The section would like to thank Mizuno and Orange Whip for supporting this important initiative.
PGA MEMBER/APPRENTICE REGISTRATION
NON-PGA MEMBER REGISTRATION
2016 CPGA Section Awards
On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the process to nominate worthy peers for the CPGA Special Awards and Honors will begin! This is your chance to support those who have displayed excellence in their professions over the last year. On this day, all eligible voting members will be emailed a link to the nomination webpage (the process will be online again this year). Criteria for each award category can be viewed at this link. To view last year’s award winners, please visit: www.carolinas.pga.com/specialawards
Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Champions
Congratulations to our Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Champions, Burke Cromer and Tanner Ervin!
For additional photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page.
It's Wyndham Week!
Team CPGA and its fellow members are hopping around the Wyndham Championship this week! Keep an eye out for some fun photos, like this one of Precision Golf School's Chris Haarlow, PGA tending the flag for PGA Champion, Jimmy Walker. Thanks to all of our PGA ambassadors who are helping out this week. #ThxPGAPro
For more info about the Wyndham Championship, please visit www.wyndhamchampionship.com