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.
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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.
Four Carolinas Junior Golfers Move On To Augusta
Drive, Chip and Putt Regional Qualifer at Pinehurst Sends 8 to Finals
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!
CPGA Fall Teaching Summit
DEADLINE ALERT: Registration Closes Soon for CPGA Fall Teaching Summit
COMING SOON: Patriot Golf Day 2016
Nationwide Fundraiser Takes Place Labor Day Weekend
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.