11 Carolinas PGA Professionals to Compete in PGA Professional Championship
Photo via Sunriver
We're thrilled to announce that 11 of our PGA Professionals will be competing in the 50th PGA Professional Championship June 18-21, 2017 on the Crosswater and Meadows Courses at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort. Contestants include:
Andrew Bateman - Diamond Creek Country Club
Brooks Blackburn - Palmetto Golf Club
Charles Frost - Old Town Club
Larry George - River Landing Country Club
Michael Hutcheon - PGA Life Member
Nick Jacobi - Monroe Country Club
Brian Joyce - Eagle Point Country Club
Kelly Mitchum - Pinehurst No. 1-5
Savio Nazareth - Starmount Forest Country Club
Josh Points - Wakefield Plantation
Matt Vick - Pinehurst No. 7
The championship features a field of 312 players who have advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past Champions. There will be two cuts for the field: to the low 90 scorers and ties after 36 holes and the low 70 scorers and ties after 54 holes. The PGA Professional Championship began in 1968, to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. In nearly half a century, it has become a showcase event for PGA Professionals, featuring some of the finest players in the Association.
Best of luck to all our PGA Pros!
Neal Lancaster Wins 2017 Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Championship
HUNTERSVILLE, NC - Neal Lancaster, PGA is the 2017 Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Champion. The 36-hole championship event was completed this afternoon at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville, NC. Lancaster had an incredible round today, finishing with 6 birdies, and eagle 2 on the par-4 fourth hole, and no bogeys for a 64. His total score for the tournament was 12-under 132 to win by 8 shots. With his win, Lancaster also qualified for the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship to be held September 28 - October 1, 2017 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ
There were five other qualifying spots available into the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship. The following Carolinas PGA Professionals finished well enough to earn a spot:
Cory McEwen, PGA Campobello, SC Village Greens GC 74-69=143 (-1)
Rick Morton, PGA Jacksonville, NC Rock Creek G&CC 72-71=143 (-1)
Michael Hutcheon, PGA High Point, NC Life Member 74-71=145 (+1)
Mark Tomedolskey, PGA Yemassee, SC Cherokee Plantation 73-72=145 (+1)
David Thore, PGA Wilmington, NC Life Member 74-75=149 (+5)
The Carolinas PGA would like to thank PGA General Manager Courtney Ford and PGA Head Professional Mark Hofstetter for hosting the event. The CPGA also thanks local partner Exit 28 Automobile, and national partners Mercedes-Benz USA, John Deere, and the PGA Tour.
PGA REACH Carolinas Sees Success at First Annual Charity Pro-am
The first annual Carolinas PGA REACH Charity Pro-am took place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Quail Hollow Club. Teams of five joined early that morning for breakfast, photos with the Wanamaker Trophy and a 10AM shotgun start on the prestigious PGA Championship course. Key attendees included US Senator, Richard Burr and NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick, among many other PGA Professionals, CPGA Officers and Board Members, and members of PGA REACH, PGA HOPE and the PGA Championship.
The purpose of the event was to raise money for the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the philanthropic arm of the Carolinas PGA Section, committed to serving communities and growing the game of golf through three pillars – Youth, Military, and Diversity & Inclusion. Over 20 teams, whom each contributed $5,000 to play, participated in the day of play, with several others signing up for silent auction items throughout the afternoon.
The day concluded with a celebration of the efforts made by attending guests and participants. The event initially reached a donation total of $220,000 until a very generous last minute donation was made by PGA Professional, Perry Green of Wescott Plantation on behalf of his PGA HOPE Chapter, for $30,000. This bumped up the final day’s charitable donation amount for the Foundation to $250,000.
Net 1st Place (Score: 63)
Jimmy McMullen (Pro)
Gross 1st Place (Score: 64)
Barry Pierce (Pro)
Net 2nd Place (Score: 64)
Kevin Reardon (Pro)
Gross 2nd Place (Score: 67)
Andrew Shuck (Pro)
Net 3rd Place (Score: 65)
John Marino (Pro)
Gross 3rd Place (Score: 67)
Nick Webb (Pro)
Thank you to all of those who supported us and this very special event!
Photos from this event can be found on the PGA REACH Carolinas Facebook page.
For more information about the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation, please visit: www.carolinas.pga.com/foundation
David Kocher Repeats at 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open
(Kannapolis, NC) – Amateur golfer and 2016 defending champion, David Kocher, captured the 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid on June 8 after an intense final round at The Club at Irish Creek. Kocher and fellow amateurs Eric Bae, Thomas Eldridge, and Aman Gupta, finished 36 holes tied at 206 (-6). On the first playoff hole, the 221-yard par-3 #18, all competitors made par. On the 406-yard par-4 #1, Kocher drained an eight-foot putt for birdie and the repeat victory.
Kocher, a senior on the University of Maryland golf team, began the day tied for second at 136 (-6) with fellow amateur Thomas Eldridge. They sat three strokes behind Concord, NC local amateur Aman Gupta’s 139 (-9). Breezy conditions and the demanding Davis Love III course design proved challenging for everyone on top the leaderboard, thus the tie at the end of regulation.
Kocher is only the fourth person in the 53-year history of the North Carolina Open to successfully defend his title.
168 of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina came together at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina for a shot at one of the region’s most prestigious golf tournaments and a unique chance to support The Hendrick Family Foundation – the charitable arm of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Auto Group. Throughout the event, there were a series of unique fundraising opportunities for the Foundation with help from presenting partner, Mobipaid, who supports payments and donations through text messaging and social media. By the final day of the tournament, the North Carolina Open was able to donate $8,700 to the Hendrick Family Foundation making it one of the Section’s most successful events to date.
The 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event. Additionally, PGA Members' scores count toward the True Temper CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy, which recognizes the best scoring average for the season.
Carolinas PGA Hosts 53rd SignArt NC Open and Aims to Raise $5,000 For Hendrick Family Foundation with Help from Mobipaid
This week, 150+ amateurs and PGA Professionals have gathered at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina for a shot at one of the region’s most prestigious golf tournaments and a unique chance to support The Hendrick Family Foundation – the charitable arm of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Auto Group. The Foundation helps to fight hunger by supporting the local food bank and works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System to identify schools where high risk children are in need of clothing. The Foundation also supports the Be The Match and its bone marrow donor program.
The Carolinas PGA’s 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open offers a unique fundraising opportunity for the Foundation with help from presenting partner, Mobipaid, who supports payments and donations through text messaging and social media. During the event, tournament participants, guests and other attendees will have the opportunity to show their support for the Hendrick Family Foundation with fundraising opportunities on-site and online.
Show your support for the Hendrick Family Foundation by offering a donation!
Learn more about this initiative here
Carolinas PGA Recognized at PGA Championship Media Day
(CPGA Executive Director, Jeff Abbot | CPGA President John Marino, PGA | Jimmy Walker)
Section President John Marino and Executive Director Jeff Abbot attended the PGA Championship Media Day at Quail Hollow Club featuring defending champion Jimmy Walker. The PGA of America’s Senior Director of PR, Julius Mason, emceed the event featuring Quail Hollow Club President Johnny Harris, PGA of America President Paul Levy, Chief Championship Officer Kerry Haigh and officials from CBS and Turner Sports. President Harris recognized the Carolinas PGA and its efforts as the host Section. Mason led an engaging interview with Walker, highlighting Walker’s victory at Baltusrol and his personal interests from family to astrophotography!
The Section looks forward to the upcoming championship this August 7-13 at the famed Charlotte club.
NC Open Pro-Am
Our NC Open Pro-Am begins this morning and kicks off our week of play at the 53rd SignArt NC Open Presented by Mobipaid! This year's event supports the Hendrick Family Foundation of which we're aiming to raise $5,000 with help from Mobipaid. Learn more here. | DONATE HERE
Groomes & Piccirillo Capture Area I Challenge Title
On Tuesday, May 30 at Burlingame CC Professionals gathered for the 2017 Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area I Meeting and Golf Challenge Presented by Bionic Glove, PGA Tour & Source4. The team of Rion Groomes & Dominic Piccirillo of Keowee Key Golf & CC won after a three team chip off to capture the Area Challenge Championship.
Area I Professionals gathered for fellowship and education, highlighted by an engaging player development presentation by CPGA Teaching & Coaching Committee Member & Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Jason Sutton, PGA from Carmel CC in Charlotte. A special thank you to Area I Director Brett Miller for administering the meeting. Miller was also re-elected by acclamation for an additional two year term as Area I Director. The Section would also like to thank Burlingame CC Director of Golf John Carter and his staff for hosting the event.
Butler & Cromer Capture Area II Challenge Title
On Wednesday, May 31 at Columbia CC the 2017 Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area II Meeting and Golf Challenge Presented by Bionic Glove, PGA Tour & Source4 took place. The team of Burke Cromer (Northwoods Golf Club) and Chase Butler (George Bryan Golf Academy) posted an impressive score of 23 points in the modified stableford scoring event to capture the title.
Area II Professionals gathered for fellowship and education, highlighted by an engaging player development presentation by CPGA Teaching & Coaching Committee Member & 2015 CPGA Teacher of the Year Marc Lapointe from the Marc Lapointe Golf Academy (http://www.marclapointegolf.com - email@example.com - 704-906-4742). A special thank you to Area II Director Tom Mason for administering the meeting and Columbia CC Head Professional Chris Sparrow and his staff for hosting the event.
Merz & Failes Capture Area VI Challenge Title
It was a beautiful day at Carmel CC for the 2017 Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area VI Meeting and Golf Challenge Presented by Bionic Glove, PGA Tour, PXG, Source4 & Wireless Communications. The team of Seth Merz & Robbie Failes of Carmel CC won after carding 6 birdies and no bogies for an impressive score of 24 points in this modified stableford scoring event to capture the Area Challenge Championship.
Area VI Professionals gathered for fellowship and education, highlighted by a PGA Championship and TopGolf Charlotte update, followed by an engaging player development presentation by CPGA Teaching & Coaching Committee Member & Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Jason Sutton, PGA from Carmel CC. A special thank you to Area VI Director and Head Professional at Carmel CC Jason Toryk for administering and hosting the meeting.
Carolinas PGA Set to Host 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open
Greensboro, NC (June 1, 2017) – The Carolinas PGA is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the season – The SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid. On June 5 - 8, 150+ amateurs and PGA Professionals will gather at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina for a shot at one of the region’s most prestigious golf tournaments and a unique chance to support The Hendrick Family Foundation – the charitable arm of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Auto Group. The Foundation helps to fight hunger by supporting the local food bank and works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System to identify schools where high risk children are in need of clothing. The Foundation also supports the Be The Match and its bone marrow donor program.
The Carolinas PGA’s 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open offers a unique fundraising opportunity for the Foundation with help from presenting partner, Mobipaid, who supports payments and donations through text messaging and social media. During the event, tournament participants, guests and other attendees will have the opportunity to show their support for the Hendrick Family Foundation with fundraising opportunities.
NC Golf Day Takes Place at State Capital
On Wednesday, May 24, golf leaders throughout North Carolina met at the State Capital for North Carolina Golf Day to discuss the state of the industry and its significant impact on the community. In addition to Carolinas PGA Executive Director, Jeff Abbot and Carolinas PGA Secretary, Bob Byrnes, leaders from allied associations throughout the Carolinas like, the Carolinas Golf Association, Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, North Carolinas Golf Course Owners Association and Club Managers Association of America, attended.
Throughout the day, representatives met and interacted with members of the House and Senate Commerce Committee, as well as with various legislative leaders including: House Speaker, Tim Moore; Senate Pro Tem, Phil Berger; Commerce Secretary, Tony Copeland; and Lt. Governor, Dan Forest.
We encourage Professionals (specifically in North Carolina) to review the reports found here and here, which provide additional details about the economic impact that golf has made on the state of North Carolina, and share it with your local officials to tout the significance of golf in your community.
Hoisington Raises SC Open Trophy
*Pictured: SC Open Champion, Tate Hoisington, and Yamaha Golf Cars Representative, J.T. Carney
(Dataw Island, SC) – Amateur golfer Tate Hoisington of Hilton Head Island, SC captured the 66th South Carolina Open Presented by Yamaha Golf Cars held at Dataw Island Club on Dataw Island, SC on its Cotton Dike course.
After the first round of competition, Hoisington and PGA Apprentice Clark Rose from Walnut Creek CC sat tied at 70 (-2). Their lead was in no way comfortable as eight other competitors were still within easy reach at 72 (E) or better with plenty of others right behind.
The first two days of play suffered four significant weather delays. On the third day, the second round almost finished without interruption, but dangerous weather forced yet another suspension with only two groups of leaders remaining on the 18th hole. It was evident that the third and final round would not be possible. However, there was still hope that the weather would break, and the tournament could identify a 36-hole champion. After four hours, the skies cleared enough to finish the final hole.
Hoisington opened his second round with an impressive 32 on the front nine including five birdies. He closed in 38 strokes for another score of 70 and a total of 140 (-4).
Carolinas PGA Member Volunteers at the PGA Championship
We still need volunteers for the PGA Championship! Thank you to those who have already signed up.
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The PGA REACH Carolinas foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and philanthropic arm of the Carolinas PGA Section, the largest of the 41 sections in the United States of America. Our 2,000 members across North & South Carolina are committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars – Youth, Military, and Diversity & Inclusion.
With your support, we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of our youth, military veterans, and diverse populations through golf.
2017 PGA Scholarship Winners Announced
The PGA of America recently announced its 2017 PGA Scholarship winners and we’re thrilled to announce that 11 CPGA member-affiliated students were selected to receive scholarships – up from 9 in 2016. 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.
Of the 21 applicants this year, three winners from the high school category and eight from the college category, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding. All winning candidates were awarded the National Scholarship - $2,000.
College Scholarship Winners
High School Scholarship Winners
For additional information on this program, please visit PGA.org.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
Palmetto Golf Club Wins Again
(Cherokee, NC) - For the second time in three years, a team from Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, SC captured the National Car Rental / Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Carolinas PGA Pro-Am Presented by Club Car played at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee, NC on Monday & Tuesday, May 8-9. Brooks Blackburn, PGA, lead the team of amateurs Steve Foss, Jeff Pope, and Rodger Sharpe. In 2015, Blackburn, Pope, and Sharpe won the same tournament.
(L-R: Jeff Pope (a), Steve Foss (a), Brooks Blackburn, PGA, & Rodger Sharpe (a))
DEADLINE ALERT: South Carolina Open
Monday – Wednesday, May 22-24
Dataw Island Club’s Cotton Dike Course
DEADLINE: Thursday, May 11 at 5:00 PM
ELIGIBILITY: CPGA Members & Apprentices who are otherwise eligible as prescribed by the CPGA Tournament Rules & Regulations and amateurs who resided in NC or SC and have a current USGA Handicap Index of 5.5 or less at the time of entry, verified by a PGA Professional.
FORMAT: 54-hole stroke play with a 36-hole cut. This is an official Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by OMEGA points event and a True Temper Johnny Palmer Trophy event
The 10th annual “National Golf Day” will be held on Wednesday, April 26 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. WE ARE GOLF will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s $70 billion economy, $4 billion charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants will share stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, the nearly two million jobs that are impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value. You can celebrate National Golf Day by joining the conversation and helping spread the word online with the #NGD17 hashtag!