April 22 officially declared North Carolina Golf Day
As part of North Carolina Golf Day, Carolinas Golf Association Executive Director Jack Nance met Wednesday in the Old Capitol Building with legislators and allied golf leaders. Governor Pat McCrory declared April 22 as North Carolina Golf Day in appreciation of the golf industry's contribution to our state. Director of Golf at Old Chatham GC and CPGA Vice President, John Marino, poses with NC Golf Day Proclamation, Governor Pat McCrory and various members of The North Carolina Alliance of Golf as they celebrate the special occasion.
The golf industry is represented in every county of North Carolina through more than 550 courses in the state. A 2013 study performed by SRI International confirms the golf industry's role as a major economic driver in North Carolina, contributing a $4.2 billion annual economic benefit to the state. North Carolina golf provides the basis for close to 53,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in wage income alone (2011 figures).
This is a wonderful accomplishment for North Carolina and goes to show that golf is much more than just a game.
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Schneider Captures 64th S.C. Open
The Carolinas PGA hosted its 64th Annual South Carolina Open, presented by Yamaha Golf Cars, April 22-23 at Dataw Island Club. The highly anticipated 36-hole tournament brought together over 100 participants for two exciting days of golf on the Cotton Dike Course.
Cory Schneider, PGA Teaching Professional from The Pointe Golf Club in Powells Point, NC took home this year’s champion’s crystal. Schneider opened the championship with an impressive round of 68 (-4) to lead by one stroke. At one point, four competitors held a share of first place at two under par. However, Schneider stood up to the challenge and made a number of solid shots and putts – none more important than his up-and-down for par from 110 yards on hole #17. That save gave him a one-stroke advantage coming to the scenic par-5 hole #18 set along Dataw Island Club’s neighboring salt marshes. Schneider proceeded to steal the show by draining a 25-foot uphill birdie putt. His two-day total was 68-73=141 (-3), and he received a first prize professional check of $3,000.
Mike Townsend, PGA Head Professional at Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique course on Kiawah Island, SC, finished a few groups ahead of Schneider with rounds of 73-70-143 (-1), earning second place. Amateur Joseph Cansler from Clemmons, NC and Eerik Kauppinen, PGA Head Professional from Regent Park Golf Club in Fort Mill, SC, finished tied for third at 144 (E).
The 64th SC Open is an official CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by Omega points event and is one of the most highly anticipated CPGA events of the season. We’re thrilled to have hosted a successful tournament, and we thank all of those who volunteered and participated. A special thanks to the team at Dataw Island Club for their hospitality. For more information please see here, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos from the tournament.
Schneider Holds Early Lead
The 64th Annual South Carolina Open Presented by Yamaha Golf Cars is off to a swinging start! The 36-hole stroke play tournament, also sponsored by Hargray Communications, South State Bank, Global Golf Sales, and Your LeaderBoard, kicked off on the Cotton Dike course at Dataw Island Club in Beaufort, SC early Wednesday, April 22. Competitors were provided with fast and smooth putting greens. Afternoon breezes kicked up and provided an extra challenge.
Taking the lead today is Cory Schneider, PGA Golf Instructor from the Pointe Golf Club in Powells Point, NC, who claimed an first round score of 33-35=68 (-4). He made five impressive birdies and 12 pars. Trailing in second place is Brian Joyce, PGA Head Professional at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC, with a round of 33-36=69 (-3).
The 64th SC Open is an official CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by Omega points event and one of the most highly anticipated CPGA events of the season. We look forward to another exciting day on the course tomorrow at Dataw Island Club to see who will earn the top spot as Champion.
For further information, please see here and be sure to follow along on our social media channels (@CarolinasPGA) for live updates as the event continues!
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64th Annual SC Open underway at Dataw Island Club
And, they're off! #SCOPEN15 presented by Yamaha Golf Cars is off to a swinging start at Dataw Island Club - Cotton Dike. Stay tuned for live updates from the event throughout today and tomorrow on our social media channels (@CarolinasPGA). Good luck to all of our players!
Big news for the Wyndham Championship
The PGA TOUR today announced a 10-year extension of Wyndham & BB&T's sponsorship through 2026 at Sedgefield Country Club. Great news for Greensboro and golf! For information about this year's event, please visit www.wyndhamchampionship.com.
64th South Carolina Open to take place this week
The 64th Annual South Carolina Open (presented by Yamaha Golf Cars) will take place this week at Dataw Island Club on the Cotton Dike course. The event begins Wednesday, April 22 and ends Thursday, April 23. For pairings and additional information, please see here.
We look forward to another great year for this tournament in South Carolina! If attending, be sure to tag @CarolinasPGA on social media and use our official tournament hashtag #SCOPEN15. Best of luck to all!
CPGA's John Farrell Featured on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
John Farrell, Head Professional of Harbour Town Golf Links, was recently featured on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio to provide a preview of the RBC Heritage and how his team prepared for this week's big event. Listen to his interview HERE and be sure to continue following along with the RBC Heritage down in Hilton Head Island, SC at PGATour.com!
PGA National News
Spieth Earns First Spot in 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is scheduled to take place at Trump National Golf Club – Los Angeles, Oct. 20-21, 2015.
PGA of America Announces Purse Increase to $2.75 Million for the 2015 Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid
The oldest and most prestigious Championship in senior golf, which offered a $2.1 million purse in 2014, will now award the Champion $495,000; with second place receiving $297,000; and third place $187,000.
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