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Carolinas PGA To Host 51st SignArt NC Open Presented By LiftMaster

Event to bring hundreds together for tournament in Kannapolis

The Carolinas PGA is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the season – the 51st SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by LiftMaster. On June 2 - 4, 156 amateurs and PGA Professionals will gather at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina for three exciting days of competitive golf. 


This year, the CPGA has seen a surge in interested players. When registration opened in late April, the Section quickly received over 100 entries (150 first come first served, including all exempt players). Now, with 190 registered, the event has earned an 18-hole qualifier. If 169 or more registrants remain by next week, a six-spot qualifier will take place the day prior to the tournament with players 151 and up.


“There are already more amateurs and professionals who are participating in this event compared to last year. The time of year, the weather, and the location all play a role in the interest we’ve seen for 2015,” says Ron Schmid, PGA, CPGA Executive Director. “Our players are excited to get on the course and compete. We look forward to hosting another successful year of this tournament.  We greatly appreciate the support we have from second-year title sponsor SignArt and our new presenting sponsor LiftMaster.”


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CPGA Member, Gus Ulrich, Qualifies for U.S. Senior Open

Two qualifying spots and two alternate positions were available at the U.S. Senior Open Championship Sectional Qualifying hosted by High Point Country Club (Willow Creek) in High Point, NC on Wednesday (6886 yards, par 36-36—72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.3/140).

One of the two was our very own CPGA Member Gus Ulrich of Carthage, NC who shot a three-under 69. The two qualifiers will advance to the U.S. Senior Open Championship, which will take place June 25-28 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, CA.

This qualifier was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association on behalf of the United States Golf Association.









Neal Lancaster, Smithfield, N.C. 

33-33--66  (-6)


Gustav Ulrich, Carthage, N.C. 

34-35--69  (-3)



3-1st Alt

Pat Thompson, Asheville, N.C. (a)

35-35--70  (-2)

T4-2nd Alt

Mikael Hogberg, Greensboro, N.C. 

35-37--72  (Even)


Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Championship

Registration is open for our most highly anticipated event of the season - The Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Championship presented by Greg Norman Collection and Dunning Golf. The tournament takes place at Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, NC on June 22. Registration deadline is June 11. For more information and to register, please
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Jerry Haas holds his own at Senior PGA Championship

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 Jerry Haas tees off from No. 1 at the Senior PGA Championship: PGA PHOTO


Jerry Haas didn’t have his good-luck charm with him at the 76th Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana.


Instead, Haas played nine holes with his good-luck charm last Monday – his 10-year-old son Kyle, in preparation for the Senior PGA Championship. Before leaving for the tournament he got in a quick nine holes. It’s something that Haas says he does a lot with his son before the few tournaments he plays in. 


Haas, the men’s golf coach at Wake Forest, not only held his own playing with the best players in the world who are 50 and older he was comfortable in his surroundings. He shot a 2-over 74 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 17th and was the low club professional.

“I'll be real honest, I played really nice golf,” Haas told reporters after his round on Sunday. “…I'm excited to be here, I'm happy to be here. I love playing the game of golf and I'm honored to be able to still be a good player at (age) 51 and representing the PGA club pros.”

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Happy Memorial Day

Whether you're heading to the coast or remaining inland, we want to see where you're golfing this Memorial Day weekend! Share your course photos with us on social media while you enjoy the sunshine.


Jerry Haas and Lee Rinker pace PGA Professionals after first round at French Lick

 "Wake Forest University men’s golf coach Jerry Haas and Lee Rinker of Jupiter, Florida, each matched 1-over-par 73s to share the lead among a 41-member PGA Club Professional delegation competing Thursday in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid."


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CPGA Enriches Section with Promotion of Three Staff Members

 The Carolinas PGA Section is excited to announce the promotions of three of its current staff members, Kurt Battenberg, PGA, Cory Armstrong and Mike Whitenack. 


Kurt Battenberg, PGA, Director of Operations and Finance now assumes the role of Assistant Executive Director of Operations and Finance. “I am honored to be named an Assistant Executive Director and I am proud of Cory and Mike for their promotions.  It is great to be a part of the Carolinas PGA team,” says Battenberg, who began work with the CPGA in November 2011. 
Cory Armstrong, Tournament Director, now serves as Assistant Executive Director of Tournaments and Business Development. Prior, Armstrong also held titles of Tournament Official and Senior Tournament Official. “I’ve spent the majority of my professional career with the Carolinas PGA.  I came as a 25-year-old (with a full head of hair) ready to serve the Membership of the Section and the game of golf at large, and I’ve enjoyed every day.  After 11+ years, I’m still humbled and excited to be a part of the CPGA and its leadership,” says Armstrong, who’s been with the organization since January 2004.
Mike Whitenack, Senior Tournament Official, will assume the position of Assistant Tournament Director. “I am pleased to receive this promotion and look forward to continuing to be a contributing member of the best PGA Section tournament team in the country,” says Whitenack, who joined the team in June 2010. 


“Each of these individuals has made great strides in the Section over the years and have all earned advancements in their respective fields and beyond,” says Ron Schmid, PGA, Carolinas PGA Executive Director. “I can say with confidence they will continue to make the Carolinas PGA Section the best that it can be in their elevated roles.”

Staff members assume these new roles effective immediately. For more information, please contact the Section directly.   


PGA National News

Californian Michael Block Reflects Upon a“Life-Changing” PGA Professional National Championship

The showcase Championship for PGA Professionals will be held, June 28-July 1, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club. View More

What a Week for Jerry Haas, PGA

The Wake Forest University men's golf coach from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tied for 17th place, to earn low PGA Club Professional honors in the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. He finished with a 72-hole total of 5-over-par 293 and took home a crystal bowl and a new kitchen of appliances from KitchenAid. View More

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Upcoming Tournaments


North Carolina Open

Presented by

The Club at Irish Creek
Kannapolis, NC
June 2-4


Peninsula Club
CPGA Senior Open

The Peninsula Club
Cornelius, NC
June 8-9

CPGA Pro-Official
Presented by

Trump National GC - Charlotte
Mooresville, NC
June 22


Assistants' Association
Individual Stroke Play

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs
Sunset, SC
June 29

Senior Program