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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.   


CPGA Members to Compete in 76th Senior PGA Championship

The 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid takes place this week (May 21-24, 2015) at French Lick (Indiana) Resort! Two of our members earned spots in this event through their finish in the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. 

Jerry Haas, PGA – Winston Salem, NC

Rick Lewallen, PGA – Kannapolis, NC


Both have already made their way up to French Lick are receiving a warm welcome. Rick Lewallen, PGA received welcome letters this week from Springs Valley Elementary students, Ryker and Cole. Rick visited the school to thank them with an autographed golf ball and tickets for each boy to the Championship. He also returned their letters, which he autographed.  The surprise was an exciting one for the boys, especially on the last day of school!



Please join us in wishing our players good luck this Thursday as play commences for the 76th Senior PGA Championship!


2015 PGA National Scholarship Winners Announced

Twelve granted monies within Carolinas PGA Section

The PGA of America recently selected its 2015 National PGA Scholarship Section winners and we are thrilled to announce that 12 CPGA-affiliated students were selected to receive National Scholarships. 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. Since its inception, this program has awarded $5.7 million to 2,808 students.

This year, a total of 128 scholarships ($301,000 in total monies) were awarded, including a total of 65 high school scholarships and 63 college scholarships.  Eligible candidates were those with an average GPA of 3.75 (High School: 3.73 Average GPA; College: 3.77 Average GPA). There were a total of 504 applicants, 352 of which were eligible (High School: 166; College: 186). Six winners from both the high school and college categories, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding.


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And, the winners are...

 We're excited to announce the winners of this week's National Car Rental / Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Carolinas PGA Pro-Am Championship! The winning team (from L to R): Jay BlackBurn, Jeff Pope, Brooks Blackburn, PGA and Roger Sharpe. Congratulations and thanks to all for coming out for two great days of golf at Sequoyah National Golf Club! 


Click here for the recap & results.
For more photos, visit the Carolinas PGA Facebook page


CPGA Pro-Assistant Championship

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for this year’s CPGA Pro-Assistant Championship, presented by PING, Greg Norman, Dunning Golf, & Yamaha Golf Cars. Click the image below for important event details. We look forward to seeing you all on the course! 



Area I Director Elected

Brett Miller, A-24 with Miller Management Associates was elected today as the Area I Director. Brett was elected to PGA membership in 1991 and will take his Oath of Office next February at the 2016 CPGA Annual Meeting.  


Last week, two CPGA members were elected for Directorship. In Area V, Jens Klemsche, A-1 Head Golf Professional at Highland Country Club, was re-elected for the Directorship for a second term. In Area IX, Mike Mueller, A-1 Head Golf Professional at the Club at 12 Oaks was elected for the Directorship. He will also take his Oath of Office next February at the 2016 CPGA Annual Meeting. We hope you join us in congratulating all on their recent achievements!


For the full Area Meeting schedule, please see here and be sure to follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and photos as meetings continue to take place over the next few weeks.



PGA National News

Defending Champion Inbee Park Heads List of Major Champions in 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Two-time defending champion Inbee Park heads a list of 22 major champions who have committed to compete in the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 9-14, at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. Canadian star Brooke Henderson, 17, who finished third in the recent Swinging Skirts Classic, received an exemption to the Championship. View More

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

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