Carolinas PGA Announces 2016 Section Award Winners
PGA Professionals Recognized for Commitments and Contributions to Golf
The Carolinas PGA 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.
With over 230 nominations this year, only 10 are selected by the Committee to receive these honors. The following Carolinas PGA Professionals are this year's honorees and display excellence in their profession, assume an ongoing commitment and devotion to progressing the game of golf and to preserving the integrity of the industry:
Golf Professional of the Year
John Faidley, PGA (Forsyth Country Club)
Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year
Bill Sampson, PGA (Old Tabby Links at Spring Island Golf Club)
Horton Smith Award
Rick Murphy, PGA (Rick Murphy Golf Academy & Greensboro National)
Bill Strausbaugh Award
Jeff Dotson, PGA (The Country Club of NC)
Player Development Award
Chris Haarlow, PGA (Precision Golf School)
Youth Player Development Award
Kevin Britt, PGA (Country Club of Spartanburg)
Merchandiser of the Year (Private)
Andrew David Bryce, PGA (Quail Hollow Club)
Merchandiser of the Year (Public)
Charles Johns IV, PGA (The Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University)
Merchandiser of the Year (Resort)
Justin Van Heukelom, PGA (Bald Head Island Club)
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Nicklaus Cannon, PGA (Charlotte Country Club)
*Additional information about each honoree can be found HERE*
Please join us in congratulating these Carolinas PGA Professionals on their much-deserved honors!
Carolinas PGA Section Grows With Addition Of Player Development & Foundation Operations Manager Position
Christopher Gaines, PGA to Assume New Role
Greensboro, N.C. (December 1, 2016) – The Carolinas PGA Section is proud to announce the promotion of staff member and PGA Professional Christopher Gaines to Player Development and Foundation Operations Manager. Gaines previously assumed the role of resident Tournament Official at Carolinas PGA Headquarters.
The Player Development and Foundation Operations Manager position was recently established by the Carolinas PGA Section and Carolinas PGA REACH Foundation in their need to find an individual with the ability to develop and grow the programs and initiatives of the Carolinas PGA REACH Foundation. Gaines will be responsible for the planning and execution of all player development programming, including youth golf initiatives, as well as managing current funding resources of the Foundation. In addition to member development and volunteer recruitment for all player development initiatives, the bulk of his responsibilities will include the implementation of Foundation programs to include youth, diversity & inclusion and military (PGA HOPE) initiatives (including 2017 PGA Championship foundation initiatives at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte), the management of day-to-day operations for the Carolinas PGA Junior League Golf program, and, in cooperation with the PGA of America, USGA and Augusta National Golf Club, management of the day-to-day operations of the Section’s Drive, Chip & Putt Championship local, sub-regional and regional competitions.
“We are delighted to promote Chris to his new role. We have exciting plans for the Carolinas PGA REACH Foundation and Chris will undoubtedly help take it to a new level!” says Carolinas PGA Executive Director, Jeff Abbot.
Chris has been part of the Carolinas PGA Section team for nearly a year and officially assumes his new role today (December 1, 2016)!
Remembering Peggy Kirk Bell
The Carolinas PGA mourns the death of Peggy Kirk Bell, a pioneer in golf and a true legend of the game. She was a player, teacher, and one of the game’s best ambassadors. For her numerous contributions she was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 2013. Mrs. Bell left an indelible mark on the game and will be truly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at 2:00pm at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines on Monday, November 28th from 6-8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT) in Greensboro, NC. For more information CLICK HERE
For those attending the Carolinas PGA E-Z-GO Pro-Pro Championship, a moment of silence will be observed before the competition begins on Tuesday to honor Mrs. Bell. Discussions were held by CPGA leadership and host staff to determine if any changes to the competition could be made to accommodate those wanting to attend the funeral on Tuesday; however, with over 325 competitors and partners traveling to the event from all parts of the Carolinas, it was deemed too difficult at this late juncture to modify the event.
Please keep Mrs. Bell’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate her life and numerous accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
Decision Day for 2016 CPGA Section Awards
It's a big day at CPGA HQ! The Carolinas PGA Section Awards Committee meets today to discuss and determine our 2016 winners. This year's committee is headed up by senior chairman, Mike Harmon and co-chaired by Carolinas PGA President, John Marino and Carolinas PGA Honorary President, Chad Newton, and comprised of the ten Section Award Winners from 2015.
*This year's winners will be notified on or around December 1 and publicly announced following this date
(only once all winners have been successfully contacted).*
Gus Ulrich, PGA Earns Spot in 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship
Congratulations to Carolinas PGA Professional, Gus Ulrich (Whispering Pines, NC), who recently earned himself a spot in the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Gus was one of 264 players who competed in the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship (Presented by GolfAdvisor & Mercedes-Benz) at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on November 17-20. He tied for 7th place with a four round playing total of 280 (-8), earning a spot in the top 35 who will advance to next year’s Senior PGA Championship. He posted scores of 68, 70, 70 and 72 finishing just behind Mike Northern of Colorado Springs. For finishing in the top 15, Gus also receives enough points to earn the title as the 2016 Carolinas PGA Tommy Card Senior Player of the Year. Gus captured the title of Carolinas PGA Senior Professional Champion at the CPGA Senior Championships held at Daniel Island Club in July. He is currently Director of Instruction at Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst and Golf Coach at Sandhills Community College.
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CPGA Professionals Head to 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship
Good morning and good luck to our members playing in the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship, which kicks off today at the Wanamaker Course in Port Saint Lucie! Pictured L to R: Tony Branham, Neal Lancaster, Mitch Adams, Gus Ulrich, Rick Lewallen, Robert Linville, Michael Hutcheon, Doug Weaver. You can follow along with play using the LIVE PGA Leaderboard that currently lives at the top of our website's homepage. Best of luck, you guys!
Carolinas PGA Officers Attend 100th PGA Annual Meeting in NYC
Carolinas PGA President John Marino, Vice President Paige Cribb, Secretary Bob Byrnes and Executive Director Jeff Abbot represented the Section at the 100th PGA of America Annual Meeting in New York City last week. It was an action packed centennial celebration featuring 50 year PGA member Jack Nicklaus as the keynote speaker. District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s bid to become the next secretary came up short, as Jim Richerson, the General Manager of Whistling Straits, prevailed over Murphy and North Florida PGA’s Russ Libby. Highlights included Paul Levy being sworn in as the 40th President, Cary Cozby (Southern Hills CC of Tulsa, OK) receiving the PGA’s Golf Professional of the Year, Carolinas PGA Past National Presidents Gary Schall, Will Mann and Roger Warren leading the Past Presidents Forum and Derek Sprague’s Outgoing Presidents Dinner. CLICK HERE for more information on the annual meeting.
Rick Murphy's Bid to Become Next PGA Secretary Comes Up Short
Outgoing District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s campaign to become Secretary of the PGA of America came to an end last week at the PGA’s Centennial Annual Meeting in New York City. It was a hard fought election won by Jim Richerson of the Wisconsin Section over Murphy and Russ Libby of the North Florida PGA.
Murphy issued the following statement after Friday’s election: “I am honored to have been afforded the chance to campaign for PGA of America Secretary in the PGA’s Centennial Year. The opportunity to run alongside candidates like Russ Libby and Jim Richerson was a truly humbling and insightful experience. I congratulate Jim and look forward to the future as we work together to grow this great game while serving our members. I will continue to share my knowledge and expertise from my experience as a PGA District Director, Carolinas PGA Board Member, PGA Teaching Professional, business owner and mentor for golfers young and old as I strive to make the most beneficial and positive contributions to the sport we all know and love. Let this serve as a reminder to all of my PGA friends, family and colleagues that, no matter how you serve your association, your local golf community, or the industry as a whole, your commitment to the game of golf is appreciated, valued and makes a difference. Thank you all for your support and efforts to join me on this journey.”
Murphy spent countless hours the past year on the campaign trail, and we all owe Rick and his campaign team a big thank you for their efforts to better our Association. For more election coverage, CLICK HERE.