Carolinas PGA Set to Host 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open
Tournament Aims to Raise $5,000 for Hendrick Family Foundation with Help from Mobipaid
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
May 24, 2017
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
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC August 7-13
We still need volunteers for the PGA Championship! Thank you to those who have already signed up.
If you have not signed up and would like to help, please contact Kurt Battenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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PGA REACH Carolinas is now on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat! Follow along with the Foundation and join the conversation with its official hashtag #REACHCarolinas.
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
11 Awarded from Carolinas
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
Registration Closes May 11
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
April 26 is National Golf Day
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!