Five Jr. Golfers from Carolinas to Make Journey to The Masters
Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the third annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals, to be played on Sunday, April 3, 2016, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament. It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful performance of the following Carolina youth golfers who will make the journey to Augusta this weekend for an exciting opportunity to play for the national DCP title!
Sophia Burnett; 141 Points; Bluffton, SC (TPC Sawgrass: Regional)
Nicole Adam; 121 Points; Pinehurst, NC
Sophia Guo; 135 Points; Bluffton, SC
Hugh Faulkner, 114 Points; Greenville, SC
Daniel Adkins, 134 Points; Holly Springs, NC
We wish you all the best of luck as you make your way to The Masters at Augusta National!
The National Finals will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Live From the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals Pre-Game begins at 8:00 AM ET. Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals Coverage is from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET.
Area X Golf Challenge Champions
Congratulations to our Global Golf Sales Area X Golf Challenge Champions! Both will advance with their Area Director (Buddy Lawrence) to the Carolinas PGA Area Challenge Section Championship on Monday, October 10th at the Greensboro CC – Farm Course. Cato and Trujillo also each earn a spot in the new Global Golf Sales Par -3 Cup, a $1,000 per hole skins game on Monday, Nov 28 before the CPGA Pro-Pro Championship at Pinewild Country Club’s par-3 “Azalea” Course featuring 72 PGA Professionals.
(Ironwood CC - Greenville, NC)
SC Junior League Golfer Earns First Caddie Pick
Congratulations to SC Junior League Golfer, Jalen Castle who earns the coveted first caddie pick (for the Girls Division) at the 2016 Monday After The Masters Pro-Am!
(South Carolina Amateur Golf Magazine)
Jalen Castle and Grant Sellers earned the coveted first caddie picks at the 2016 Monday After The Masters Pro-Am. Jalen Castle wins the Girls Division in only her second SCJGA start since having a procedure called Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering to fix her spine in 2015. The West Columbia native played her first three holes at four over par, then rallied back to play her next six holes at two under and turn with a score of 38. Jalen made six pars on her way to a closing 40 to shoot 78 for the day and earn the girls top selection. Delany Mortier of North Charleston came in second one shot behind Castle.The coveted positions will get to choose their “team” based on their stroke play finish. The players will have the opportunity to get close to today’s celebrities, professional athletes, and stars of the PGA Tour.
Additionally, Jalen recently met with hero Stacy Lewis during a #ThxPGAPro taping in Houston. Jalen suffers from scoliosis and shares a similar medical story to Stacy. This was a very exciting day for both players. Jalen and the rest of her PGA JLG team, along with their coach Tom Mason, PGA will be featured in the upcoming #ThxPGAPro TV special on CBS on May 7. Keep an eye out for Jalen and the rest of her amazing team!
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Save the Date: 2016 Global Golf Sales Area Meetings and Golf Challenges
Gear up and get ready for this year’s Global Golf Sales CPGA Area Meetings and Golf Challenges presented by Bionic Glove and the PGA Tour! Join us for a great day of golf, education and fellowship. Meet your new Executive Director, Jeff Abbot and your PGA Employment Consultant, Don Sweeting, as they join each Area Director for an interactive Town Hall Meeting.
Area X Meeting – Tuesday, March 29 (Ironwood CC in Greenville, NC)
Area V Meeting – Tuesday, April 26 (Pinehurst Resort & CC in Pinehurst, NC)
Area IX Meeting – Wednesday, April 27 (Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC)
Area IV Meeting – Thursday, April 28 (Roaring Gap CC in Roaring Gap, NC)
Area VI Meeting – Monday, May 9 (Fort Mill GC in Charlotte, NC)
Area I Meeting – Tuesday, May 10 (Bright’s Creek in Mills Spring, NC)
Area II Meeting – Wednesday, May 11 (Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, SC)
Area VIII –Tuesday, May 31 (Porters Neck CC in Wilmington, NC)
Area VII – Wednesday, June 1 (The Reserve GC of Pawleys Island in Myrtle Beach)
Area III – Thursday, June 2 (Osprey Point in Kiawah Island, SC)
Not sure which Area you belong to? View Our Area Map!
TIME: 10:00 am - “Town Hall” Meeting / Education - Business Casual Attire (Jacket, no tie)
12:00 pm - Lunch and Area Challenge Golf (9 holes) - Shorts not Permitted
*Meeting and golf times are subject to change based on availability*
MSR CREDITS: Two (2) PGA Required Credits
PGA Annual Operations Survey
The PGA of America is hosting the PGA Annual Operations Survey to help provide PGA Professionals with key statistics and benchmarking capabilities to support management of golf and club operations. Data gathered through this survey is vital to member employment and also supports state and national economic impact studies on behalf of the golf industry to reflect the importance of our multi-billion dollar industry.
Members can receive up to two MSR credits by completing this survey by the deadline (MAY 31). MSR credit is now automatically applied upon completion of the survey.
The survey is currently available for the highest-ranked PGA Professional at each facility, or to any other golf professional with proxy rights for their facility.
As a reminder, all survey responses are treated confidentially with results being reported only if there are five or more responses. To ensure confidentiality, results continue to be shared in an aggregated format and not by an individual facility.
Thank you for your participation!
Upcoming Event Access
Please note this information regarding PGA Member access for the following upcoming events
Masters: April 7–10, 2016 – Complimentary Access
As a reminder, only PGA Class A Members, Life Members and Master Professional Members are granted complimentary access to The Masters as a courtesy extended by Augusta National Golf Club (this offer is not extended to apprentices). No spouse or families (including Practice Rounds). Must show membership card and photo I.D. each day. Go to Gate 6A off of Berckmans Road then report to Gate C to receive daily ticket. NOTE: Daily tickets are not available to purchase for spouse. It is very important that PGA members abide by both the ticket and electronic device policy as set forth by Augusta National Golf Club. PGA members should keep their ticket on their person at all times and should not give their ticket to anyone, even after leaving the premises. The official policy and process is available on PGA.org at: https://www.pga.org/articles/attend-pga-usga-pga-tour-world-golf-and-lpga-events-free
Ticket Information (706) 667-6700. www.themasters.com
2016 PGA Tour Event Complimentary Access
Class A PGA members and accompanying immediate family (spouse, children and PGA member's parents). (PGA members only; this offer is not extended to apprentices). Must show membership card and Photo ID each day. Go to Main Gate to pick up daily ticket. Ticket Information (904) 285-3700. www.pgatour.com
Volunteer Opportunity: PGA HOPE Charleston
PGA HOPE Charleston
PGA Professionals We Need Your Help
Charleston has Become the Model for Future Programs
One year ago Fred Gutierrez (The Partially Paralyzed Golfer) and Rich O'Brien were asked by Scott Kmiec, the Senior Director of PGA REACH (the charitable foundation of the PGA of America), to champion a chapter of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) for the Charleston, SC area.
Mitchum Wins CPGA Head Professional Championship
Secures Two PGA Tour Exemptions
(Hilton Head Island, SC) – Kelly Mitchum, PGA backed up a 70 (-2) on Monday with a 69 (-3) on the final day of the Carolinas PGA Head Professional Championship to take home the crystal. After earning an exemption into the RBC Heritage PGA Tour event on day one, Mitchum's strong play continued into the final round where he won the exemption to play in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC.
Mitchum, a PGA teaching professional at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, NC, had four birdies on his card for his 3-under-par 69 round that was enough to win by three strokes with a total 5-under-par (139). The round started solid after making birdie on hole number 2.
"I hit 8-iron in to about 20 or 25 feet...then made a double-breaking putt that went right in the hole."
Playing PGA Tour events is nothing new for Mitchum who has played his way into nearly 20 tournaments through CPGA section events alone, making the cut twice at the RBC Heritage, where he will play in April, and five times overall.
"The last time I made the cut I was paired with John Daly. That was a blast!"
Finishing the tournament in second place was Matt Vick, Head Professional at Pinehurst Country Club No.9, who finished the day with an even-par round of 72 for a total of 2-under-par (142). Vick carded three birdies in the final round. In third, tournament host and PGA Director of Golf at Wexford Golf Club, Scott Hunter had an up and down round with four birdies to finish with 146 (+2).
The RBC Heritage will take place at Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links on April 14-17 in Hilton Head Island, SC and the Wells Fargo Championship will be held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC on May 5-8. The Carolinas PGA congratulates Mitchum on his victories and wishes his great play will continue as he represents his fellow CPGA professionals in the tournament.
Conditions at Wexford Golf Club were clear skies, a mild breeze, and temperatures in the high 70's.
Mitchum Earns First Place at CPGA Head Professional Championship
Kelly Mitchum, PGA, Teaching Professional at Pinehurst Country Club No. 1-5 in Pinehurst, NC earned the first place spot at the Carolinas PGA's Head Professional Championship - the first major tournament of the season. Further details are coming from our team soon, but we wanted to make sure you were all aware of this news as it's happening! Stay tuned at www.carolinas.pga.com for more.