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 (email@example.com).
Follow our Foundation!
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!
Carolinas PGA Vice President Brings Golf to St. James Elementary
Paige Cribb, Carolinas PGA Vice President and Director of Student Support in the Professional Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University, recently visited St. James Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, SC for its annual Career Day. She spent the day representing Coastal Carolina and teaching children about her role and the excitement that comes along with learning the game of golf. It was an exciting day for many young newcomers!
Are you interested in getting involved in golf and becoming a PGA Professional like Paige? The Carolinas PGA Section is proud to have five universities throughout North and South Carolina that offer PGA Golf Management Programs, which are managed by some of the most renowned PGA Professionals in our Section. Learn more about these exceptional universities and programs!
2017 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship
Registration for the 2017 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship is now open! Please note that registration must be completed online - we are not accepting phone-in registrations. This year's event will be held on June 24-25 at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.