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!
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. The choice would normally be his. However, with this win, he wrapped up the 2016 Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA. That honor gives him the second tour appearance. These will be Nazareth's fourth and fifth PGA Tour events. In 2008, 2011, and 2012 he open qualified for the Wyndham and competed in front of his hometown fans.
27th Charles Tilghman Junior Championship - Reminder!
Please note that registration will open at 10:00 AM – Thursday, September 29. Please be sure to mark your calendar as this event is one of the most popular junior tournaments in the Carolinas and will fill within minutes of registration opening.
Registration will be available here on September 29.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Stuart Clark Wins 2016 National Car Rental Carolinas Assistant PGA Professional Championship
Stuart Clark has won the 2016 National Car Rental Carolinas Assistant PGA Professional Championship held this week at River Run Country Club in Davidson, NC. Clark, a PGA apprentice and Teaching Professional at the Steve Dresser Golf Academy in Pawleys Island, SC, carded rounds of 68-74 for a 2-under par total of 142 to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Joining him in a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole were Savio Nazareth, PGA and Anthony Cordes who also finished with 142. Clark made his birdie putt on 18 while Nazareth and Cordes missed theirs, securing him the championship.
Along with his victory, Clark earns a spot in the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship to be held October 27-30 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida later this year. Taking the other four available qualifying spots and joining Clark in Florida will be Savio Nazareth, PGA, Anthony Cordes, Aaron Black, and Barry Pierce, PGA. PGA Golf Club will be hosting its twenty-first consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.
The 132-man field for this year's 40th edition of the Assistant PGA Professional Championship consists of the top 4 finishers from last year's championship, if eligible, and assistants based on the average number of players in the last 5 years (using actual number of eligible players starting each Section's Championship).
The winner of the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The Champion, if eligible, earns a berth in the 50th PGA Professional Championship, June 25-28, 2017 at Sunriver Resort.
The Carolinas PGA Section would like to thank the PGA Head Golf Professional at River Run Country Club, Chris Hensler, PGA and his staff for hosting a fantastic event on a course that provided a true test for the field. The CPGA also thanks supporting sponsors Kirk & Matz, Ltd. for their contributions to the event and supplying the winner's crystal trophy, and Cleveland Golf, Srixon, and XXIO for their support of the event.
NCR Assistant Championship Underway
Leaders at the National Car Rental Assistant Championship take off on #1 this morning at River Run CC. For more on this tournament, please see here.
92nd Carolinas Open Champion
Greensboro, NC – Drew Younts of Stokesdale, NC captured the 92nd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center by way of a playoff over Thomas Lilly of Newton, NC. Younts, a PGA Apprentice Teaching Professional at Precision Golf School, entered the third and final round with a three stroke lead after two flawless rounds of 68-67 (-9). The pressure of the final round seemed to change his situation as Younts' game went hot and cold. He carded five birdies, seven pars, and five bogies en route to a 35-38=73 (+1) for a total of 208 (-8).
Lilly, a college amateur at UNC Wilmington, opened the tournament with a 74, but closed with rounds of 67-67 to also finish at 208 (-8).
The duo headed to the 18th hole, a straightaway par-4 with small segmented portions to its green surrounded by hills on all sides providing natural spectator viewing. Younts and Lilly traded matching pars the first two times through. Once, Younts almost birdied with a chip shot, but the flagstick rejected his effort. On the third hole, both competitors hit wild tee shots - Younts to the right and Lilly to the left. Younts was able to advance his ball to the front left greenside bunker, but Lilly caught a tree with his approach and then hit his wedge to 30 feet. After carefully examining his shot, Younts nearly holed his 60-foot bunker shot, leaving it two feet away. As Lilly's par attempt rolled to the hole, the crowd could tell it was going to be close. However, the line and speed were just off as the ball finished three inches away. Younts rolled in the winning putt and gave an enthusiastic fist pump to signal his satisfaction with the victory.
Of the 147 golfers who competed, 66 survived the 36-hole cut at +6.
The 92nd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event. Additionally, PGA Professionals' scores count toward the CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy Presented by True Temper.
Happening Now: Final Round 92nd Carolinas Open
The final round of the 92nd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is underway now at Bryan Park Golf Course. Live scoring is taking place all over the course this afternoon. Drew Younts (pictured putter) of Stokesdale, NC still holds the lead at -9 thru 8. Follow along and show your support for golfers in our final round! #CPGAMAJORS
Day 2: 92nd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T
A little rain won't stop us. Day 2 of the 92nd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is underway this morning at Bryan Park Golf Course. You can keep up with scores with our online leaderboard. If you're on site and sharing photos, tweets or other social media posts, be sure to tag your content #CPGAMajors and #CarolinasGolfMonth!