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Carolinas PGA Section Announces 2014 Award Winners and Honors

PGA Professionals Recognized for Commitments and Contributions to the Game of Golf

The Carolinas PGA (CPGA) is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Section Awards and Honors, distributed annually by the Carolinas PGA Section, as selected by the Special Awards Committee, to the top 10 deserving Carolinas PGA Professionals. The mission of the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee is to ascertain the most eligible winners in each of the annually awarded categories, which is accomplished by an enthusiastic commitment from each committee member afforded the responsibility of identifying and recognizing his or her peers as exceptional. 


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2015 CPGA Major Schedule

(Updated December 15)

CPGA Head Professional Championship Berkeley Hall Club Mon-Tues, March 23-24 (changed from 16-17)
Tar Heel Cup Matches River Landing CC Mon-Tues, April 6-7
South Carolina Open (36 holes) Dataw Island Club Wed-Thurs, April 22-23 (changed from 28-29)
National Car Rental CPGA Pro-Am Sequoyah National Mon-Tues, May 18-19
North Carolina Open The Club at Irish Creek Tues-Thurs, June 2-4
Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Championship Trump National Charlotte Mon, June 22
Pro-Assistant Championship River Landing CC Mon-Tues, July 6-7
CPGA Professional Championship (new) Resort Club at Grande Dunes Tues-Thurs, July 28-30
CPGA Senior Championships Cape Fear National Tues-Wed, August 4-5 (changed from July 21-22)
CPGA Assistant Professional Championship Cabarrus CC Mon-Tues, August 10-11
Carolinas Open (new) Bryan Park GC Tues-Thurs, August, 25-27
National Car Rental CPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am Las Vegas, NV Mon-Wed, October 19-21
CPGA Pro-Pro Championship TBD Tues-Thurs, December 1-3



Tentative 2015 CPGA Senior Schedule

Please note that this schedule is tentative and is likely to change as host sites come together.

(Updated December 10th)


Old North State Senior Open Old North State Club Mon-Tues, April 13-14
Peninsula Club Senior Open The Peninsula Club Mon-Tues, June 8-9
CPGA Senior Championships Cape Fear National Tues-Wed, August 4-5
Daniel Island CPGA Senior Open Daniel Island Club (Ralston Creek) Mon-Tues, Aug 31-Sept 1
Bermuda Run Senior Open Bermuda Run CC (East) Mon-Tues, Sept. 28-29
Pine Needles/Mid Pines Senior Open Pine Needles/Mid Pines Tues-Wed, Oct. 27-28



Haas & Straub Capture Win at 2014 AHEAD / E-Z-GO Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship

 Jerry Haas and Tim Straub successfully defended their title as Champions at the 2014 AHEAD / E-Z-GO Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship held at Pinehurst Resort this week in NC. Haas and Straub are the Men's Golf Coaches at Wake Forest University and Davidson College respectively. The duo posted rounds of 62-62-65=189 (-26) to finish six strokes ahead of the competition. This is their third Pro-Pro victory, also having won in 2010.


In the senior contest, the brothers David Thore, a PGA Life Member, and Daniel Thore, a PGA Teaching Professional at Wolf Creek GC, survived a one-hole playoff against Jon Hockaday and Doug Thompson, the PGA Directors of Golf at Anderson Creek GC and Southern Pines GC respectively.  Both teams finished tied at 203 (-12).  David Thore drained a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to earn the win.

For full recap and results,
click here.

A sincere thanks to our title sponsors, AHEAD USA and E-Z GO, as well as additional attending sponsors, for their continued support of this championship, the game of golf, and PGA Professionals abroad.




Cory Schneider Wins Global Golf Sales Par-3 Shootout


L-R:  CPGA Executive Director Ron Schmid, Shootout Winner Cory Schneider,
and Global Golf Sales Representatives Scott Jacobs and Jim Hollis

The 2014 Shootout Participants

>>> Check out the results!

After a season of competition, 20 people qualified for the season-ending Global Golf Sales Par-3 Shootout.  All were guaranteed a cash prize and a set of grips compliments of Golf Pride.  After four rounds, Cory Schneider, PGA Teaching Professional at The Pointe GC in Powells Point, NC stood alone with the trophy and $1,000.


CPGA Assistants' Association Donates to Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation

The Carolinas PGA Assistants' Association held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, November 24th at the Country Club of Lexington. The meeting focused on reviewing the 2014 season and discussing the future plans and goals of the Association for 2015. The Association also announced its 2014 Player of the Year, Alex Kowalski, PGA of Eagle Point Golf Club and presented its sponsor, The Golf Shop of Wake Forest, with an appreciation plaque.

The highlight of the meeting was presenting a $1,500 donation to the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation, the Association's benefiting charity for the 2014 season. Throughout the year, $5.00 was taken out of every tournament entry fee and put towards this donation for a good cause. The Association was lucky to have Trey Moore, Secretary of the foundation, in attendance to accept the donation.

To learn more about the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation, watch the video below or visit their website at


CPGA Hires Two New Staff Members

Hires Represent CPGA’s Commitment to Growing & Promoting the Game of Golf

The Carolinas PGA Section is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members.  Liz Muroski will assume the role of Media and Promotions Director, and David Kullenberg, PGA, will become Tournament Official.  Both will support the organization’s mission to grow, nurture, and improve the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities.

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PGA National News

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Sowards, Skinner Capture 2014 Season-Ending Awards

Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, and Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Georgia, captured the 2014 PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Awards. The twosome will be honored on June 26, at the 48th PGA Professional National Championship. View More

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