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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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Tentative 2015 CPGA Major Schedule

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

(Updated November 25)

CPGA Head Professional Championship Berkeley Hall Club Mon-Tues, March 23-24 (changed from 16-17)
21st 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 (new) 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 Senior Championships Cape Fear National Tues-Wed, July 21-22
CPGA Assistant Professional Championship Cabarrus CC Mon-Tues, August 10-11
Carolinas Open TBD TBD
CPGA Professional Championship TBD TBD
CPGA Pro-Pro Championship TBD Tues-Thurs, December 1-3



Haas & Lewallen Advance to 2015 Senior PGA Championship

Congratulations to Jerry Haas & Rick Lewallen in qualifying for the 2015 Senior PGA Championship.  Haas finished alone in 5th place, and Lewallen survived a playoff to earn the one of the final qualifying spots.

The 72-hole championship featured 264 of the most competitive senior PGA Professionals in the Association.

Jerry Haas - Winston Salem - 5th / -11
Rick Lewallen - Kannapolis, NC - T32nd / -1
Mitch Adams - Troy, NC - T67th / +5
Gus Ulrich - Whispering Pines, NC - T67th / +5

Mike Lawrence - Anderson, SC - 81st / +10

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CPGA Member Jeff Crittenden Finishes 2nd
at RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships


Jeff Crittenden, a Carolinas PGA Member and Director of Instruction at North Carolina Golf Academy, finished second at the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.  "Critter" and Jeff Flagg of Pelham, Alabama both hit drives of just over 365 yards.  The distances were so close that officials had to pull out the tape measure.  Flagg's drive finished only 13" ahead to earn the winner-take-all prize of $250,000.

"I am still amazed that I made it into the final eight," said Crittenden. "This has been a dream of mine for the last eight years. I feel very honored to be a part of this great group of hitters."

The CPGA proudly congratulates Crittenden on his performance and wish him the best of luck next year.

Remax World Long Drive Championship Website

Jeff's Bio Page

Here's a video of Crittenden on the Golf Channel's "School of Golf" explaining his long drive techniques.




6 from CPGA Competed in
National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship

The 72-hole championship ran Oct. 2 - Nov. 2 on PGA GC's Wanamaker Course for the 19th consecutive year.  The field was cut to the low 70 players and ties following the second round of play.

We hope each person enjoyed the competitive experience competing with Assistant Professionals from across the country.

Ray Franz - Mt. Pleasant, SC - T18 / +4
Luke McClellan - Charleston, SC - T18 / +4
Savio Nazareth, PGA - Kernersville, NC - T32 / +8
Rohan Allwood - Blythewood, SC - T43 / +10
David Rogers, PGA - Bluffton, SC - T69 / +18
Joel Stark, PGA - Charlotte, NC - MC

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CPGA Member Brad Clayton Finishes 3rd
in ParaLong Drive Worlds


Brad Clayton, PGA, finished third in the One-Arm Assisted Division of the Mesquite, NV ParaLong Drive Worlds.  He qualified for the semi-finals with only one-round of hitting with a drive of 271 yards and was seeded third.  Even though he had the second longest hit of the semis, he was paired up in a match play battle with Lucian Newman who edged Brad by two yards 281 to 279, knocking him out of the championship round.  John Rogers ended up winning the One-Arm Assisted title with a drive of 285 yards.

Check out The Golf Channel's video about Brad leading up to the October 16 & 17 event in Mesquite, NV.

For more information, visit the following links:

Also, read a story about Brad here.


PGA National News

Legendary Golfer Dr. Charles L. Sifford Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dr. Charles L. Sifford, the first African-American PGA member to successfully break through racial barriers and compete professionally on the PGA Tour, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. View More

Derek Sprague Elected 39th President of the PGA of America

Derek Sprague of Malone, New York, was elected the 39th President of the PGA of America today at the Association's 98th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California, who served the past two years as Secretary was elected Vice President and Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut, was elected Secretary. They will each serve two-year terms. View More

PGA of America Establishes Deacon Palmer Award

The inaugural award was bestowed posthumously upon Deacon Palmer, and was accepted by Arnold Palmer, whose only coach was his late father. View More

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