Carolinas PGA Section Announces 2015 Award Winners
PGA Professionals Recognized for Commitments and Contributions to Golf
We're 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.
The following Carolinas PGA Professionals 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: Heidi Wright-Tennyson, PGA (Moss Creek Golf Club)
- Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year: Marc Lapointe, PGA (Marc Lapointe Golf at Fort Mill Golf Club)
- Horton Smith Award: Jason Sutton, PGA (Carmel Country Club)
- Bill Strausbaugh Award: Thomas Dale, PGA (Linville Golf Club)
- Player Development Award: Brad Clayton, PGA (Puzzle Duck Golf)
- Youth Player Development Award: Craig Sandstrum, PGA (The First Tee of the Cape Fear Region and Junior Golf Tour)
- Merchandiser of the Year (Private): Paul Consolo, PGA (Yeamans Hall Club)
- Merchandiser of the Year (Public): Chris Brown, PGA (Tobacco Road Golf Course)
- Merchandiser of the Year (Resort): Josh Wagaman, PGA (Cougar Point – Kiawah Island Golf Resort)
- Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Gregory Crum, PGA (Secession Golf Club)
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AHEAD / E-Z-GO CPGA Pro-Pro Championship
It's just about that time! With another year nearly gone, we're excited to close it out with one of our biggest and most exciting tournaments of the year - The AHEAD / E-Z-GO CPGA Pro-Pro Championship. The event takes place Tuesday - Thursday, December 1-3, 2015 at three courses - Pinehurst CC. No. 4, Talamore-Mid South Club, and Pinewild CC of Pinehurst.
We look forward to seeing you all there - remember to share your adventures with our official hashtag #CPGAPROPRO!
For additional information, please visit the BlueGolf Tournament Info Webpage.
CPGA Special Awards Committee Meeting
Exciting news coming out of CPGA HQ today as the Special Awards Committee selects this year's Section Award Winners! Stay tuned for the official announcement coming soon.
2015 Teaching & Coaching Workshop
The Carolinas PGA Teaching and Coaching Committee hosted its first ever annual workshop: A New Blueprint for the Complete PGA Coach: Driving Revenue to Your Lesson Program. The event took place November 18, 2015 at Cobblestone Park Golf Club and included a series of "TED" Talk style presentations from a group of nine carefully selected teaching and coaching professionals throughout the Section who discussed a range of topics for improving lesson programs. Nearly 80 Section Professionals and Apprentices attended the Committee's event and spent the day learning new techniques and tips for growing golf.
Thank you all for a fun and successful day!
*Event photos can be found on our Facebook page.
2016 PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Application
The 2016 PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program application process is now open! Graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of PGA members in good standing can apply on PGA.org to be considered for financial support for college. The deadline date for submitting the online application is March 1, 2016. The applicant will have until March 18, 2016 to submit their transcript, scores and supporting documents. The link to apply online is http://apps.pga.org/scholarship/.
The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program is an academic based scholarship program that takes into account the following criteria depending on the class level of the student:
High School Graduating Senior:
- High School cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- ACT and/or SAT test scores
- Extracurricular activities
Current College Student (has not reached senior year)
- College cumulative GPA must be at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- Most recently completed college semester or quarter GPA
- Extracurricular activities
In addition, financial need will be taken into consideration. If applying for financial need, the applicant must also submit the Expected Family Contribution score from your Student Aid Report, along with his/her transcript and application. The number of scholarships earned will be limited to two scholarships over four years of undergraduate college attendance.
We wanted to make sure you were aware of this great Member Benefit. For further info, please contact The PGA of America via this link.
Team South Carolina has a Magical Time at PGA Junior League National Finals
The PGA Junior League All-Star Team from Columbia, SC, coached by Tom Mason, celebrated a fifth place finish at The PGA Junior League National Championship Finals at The Palm Course at Disney World. Team South Carolina was one of eight teams in the entire nation to make the finals that took place on November 5th – 8th.
“Our kids really struck the ball solidly in all four rounds. The difference was the putter in the first two matches. New Jersey and Georgia simply made more birdies and eagles than we did. We shot scores under par in all 32 of our nine hole matches. I think our kids should be really proud of what they accomplished this year,” said Coach, Tom Mason.
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99th PGA Annual Meeting
Team CPGA is having a blast at the 99th PGA Annual Meeting, with events taking place all throughout the week. Here are just a few highlights thus far. For additional updates, please see here and remember to follow along on social media with the official event hashtag #PGA15Annual!
We'd also like to extend another special congratulations to Brad Clayton, PGA, CPGA and winner of this year's National Deacon Palmer Award. Brad was honored at the PGA's Awards Ceremony yesterday evening. Way to go, Brad!
PGA Junior League Championship in Full Swing
Our SC PGA Junior League Golf Team, coached by Tom Mason, PGA, CPGA, ParTee Golf Center, is surely enjoying sunny Florida. More importantly, they're enjoying their first match, which just kicked off this afternoon. Join us in wishing our SC team the best of luck as the Championship continues!
*ICYMI: Player, Jalen Castle, was featured in a special story on Golfweek today. Read the full story here.
Mike Townsend Memorial Fund Charity Golf Tournament
The Mike Townsend Memorial Fund Charity Golf Tournament takes place this Sunday at Kiawah Island Club - Cassique Golf Course. The first event of many to help in the remembrance of a great friend, mentor, husband and father. We hope to see you there! http://go.pga.com/1SrMDT4
SC PGA Jr League Team Featured on Golf Channel
The Golf Channel featured team member, Jalen Castle, from our South Carolina PGA Junior League team this morning. We're thrilled to have one of our Carolinas teams heading to Disney to compete for the Championship title this week (Nov. 5-8). To watch the segment in its entirety, click the image below. Go Team SC!