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Patriot Golf Day 2015

Patriot Golf Day takes place this Labor Day weekend! How are you supporting Folds of Honor this year in the Carolinas? We want to hear from you! Email your event info/recaps and photos to us ( for inclusion in our next newsletter.



On the Fringe: September 2015

The September issue of On the Fringe is now available! Click the image below or visit this link to view. Don't forget to share with your colleagues, friends and family on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #CPGAOnTheFringe!  


SwingPals Initiative Recognized in PGA Magazine

This month's issue of PGA Magazine features an assortment of intriguing content, from golf travel topics to championship/tournament recaps and new product lauches. However, our favorite topic in the September publication is a feature story on SwingPals - a youth golf initiative based in Durham that we first reported on in the June issue of On the Fringe. We're thrilled to see a story so close to home garner attention on a national scale. Check it out below (page 132) and be sure to share!


September Issue
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2015 Carolinas PGA Awards and Honors Nomination Process Begins


The Carolinas PGA Awards & Honors process has begun!  By clicking on this link OR the image above, you will be able to nominate worthy peers who have displayed excellence in their profession over the last year.  Self-Nominations will not be accepted. The nomination process is only open to Class "A" members in good standing.  You will need your PGA.ORG (formerly PGA Links) USERID and PASSWORD to access the nomination form. The entire online nomination process should take approximately five minutes to complete.


Criteria for each category and the award winners from the last two years is available by request.  If you have any trouble accessing the nomination form, or obtaining the criteria sheet, please do not hesitate to give us a call.


Please remember, only Class A Members of the Carolinas PGA may be nominated for any award.  The process will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 18th.



Daniel Island CPGA Senior Open Results

PGA Professional and Life Member Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, NC has won the Daniel Island CPGA Senior Open held at Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek course in Daniel Island, SC. The 36-hole tournament was cut short to 18 holes today, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Excessive rainfall caused Monday's round to be canceled.

Lewallen carded a 5-under par 67 today, making 5 birdies and an eagle on the par-5 11th hole to win the Overall Championship by 3 shots and the Professional Division title by 4. Coming in second place with a 71 was Mitch Adams, PGA General Manager at Densons Creek Golf Course in Troy, NC. That was just enough for Adams to keep his 1st place ranking in the CPGA's Tommy Card Senior Professional Player of the Year list, with Lewallen now only 22.5 points behind.

In the Champions Division, amateur Steven Kidd of Liberty, NC came in first place with a 2-under par 70. Kidd took the 50-55 age group in the Champions Division, while amateurs Tim Boynton of Beaufort, NC and Ed Galbavy of Seabrook Island, SC tied for first in the 56 & up age group. Accomplished Carolinas golfer John Walters of Charlotte, NC won the Super Seniors Division and the 68 and up age group with a 2-under par 70. Mark Stephens of Troutman, NC won the 63-67 age group in the Super Seniors Division with a 1-under par 71. The Legends Division went to none other than George Kennon of Greensboro, NC. Kennon won a scorecard playoff over Don Tew of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, who tied Kennon with a score of 76. This is Kennon's fourth straight Legends Division win of the year.


The CPGA would like to thank the membership and staff of Daniel Island Club for hosting the event and providing the players with a great playing experience.


Ed Ibarguen, PGA, Named 46th CPGA Hall Of Fame Inductee

GREENSBORO, NC (August 28, 2015) 
It is our great honor to announce that the 46th Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame inductee is PGA Master Teaching Professional, Ed Ibarguen, PGA. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive group of the finest PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf who have called the Carolinas home. The PGA of America lists 37 characteristics of PGA Professionals including being a motivator, community leader, business manager, accomplished player, trained instructor, counselor, and friend. The Section’s Hall of Fame members have displayed traits such as these over the span of their lives and careers to the benefit of their community and the game of golf at large. These individuals have positively impacted countless individuals through professional and personal relationships.

“The Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame has once again opened its doors to a legend,” states Carolinas PGA President, Chad Newton, PGA. “Ed Ibarguen, PGA of Duke University Golf Club has been selected as the 46th inductee into our Hall of Fame. Please join me in congratulating Ed on this well-deserved accolade for his countless contributions to the game and his facility along with his tireless work on the Section level and National platform.”



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Jerry Haas Putts His Way to Victory at 91st Carolinas Open


(GREENSBORO,NC) - Jerry Haas, PGA, and Head Men's Golf Coach at Wake Forest University, is the winner of the 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T, held at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, NC after shooting 69-70-65=204 (-9).

Jerry came into the final round of competition one stroke behind Cory Schneider,PGA of The Pointe Golf Club. After the first nine holes, Jerry took a one-shot lead over Cory and did not look back. His putting proved to be the strongest part of his game today as Jerry only needed 21 total putts. His final round of 65 (-6) was not only the low round of the tournament, but it earned a six -shot victory over Savio Nazareth, PGA, of Starmount Forest who shot 69-74-67=210 (-3).

With this win, Jerry has earned enough points to claim the coveted 2015 CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Award Presented by Omega. This title will also give him an exemption into a PGA Tour event in 2016. Jerry has recent experience playing in PGA Tour events as he competed in the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club earlier this month and he played in the 76th Senior PGA Championship Presented by Kitchen Aid - one of the world's four majors in senior professional golf,  where he finished in a tie for 17th.

Matt Elliot of Wilkesboro, NC was the low amateur of the Carolinas Open, shooting 71-72-71=214 (+1)

The Carolinas Open is the oldest running professional golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted annually since 1923 when the Carolinas PGA Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC.   Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history including Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum have been champions.

The 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is a 54-hole stroke play with a cut to the low third and ties upon completion of 36 holes.  47 competitors survived the cut and competed in the final round.  This is an official 2015 CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by Omega Points Challenge event.

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91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T

Final Round


The third and final day of the 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is in full swing! For updates and results, please follow along with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as here. As scores are updated through Blue Golf, they will be posted. 


We're wishing the best of luck to our remaining players and send a special thanks to our partner sponsor BB&T, as well as our host facility, Bryan Park Golf Course. 

The weather is holding up for us this morning. We look forward to another day on the course and, what we expect to be, an exciting final round.



A Tribute to Mike Townsend

This morning golf professionals, family and friends gathered at Bryan Park Golf Course (Champions 13) to honor the late Mike Townsend, PGA, Carolinas PGA Member with tribute tee shots into Lake Townsend. The event took place prior to the 91st Carolinas Open Pro-Am, which kicks off the tournament this week presented by BB&T (tournament days: 8.25-8.27). Friend and fellow PGA, CPGA Member, Charles Frost spoke first, followed by Mike's wife, Katherine. Mike and Katherine's son, Spencer, took the first tee shot for his father followed by participating golf professionals and friends.

We would like to take a moment to thank all of those who participated and showed their support for Mike and his family this morning at Bryan Park.




For more photos from this event, please contact Media and Promotions Director, Liz Muroski (


PGA National News

PAT Revised Yardage for Women

The PAT yardage for women was recently modified by the PGA Board of Directors. Effective Aug. 1, the change is to provide a better opportunity for women and men to hit similar clubs into the green. View More

U.S. PGA Cup Team Announced

The United States will send seven rookies and three veterans to face Great Britain & Ireland for the 27th PGA Cup, at CordeValle in San Martin, California, Sept. 18-20. View More

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Upcoming Tournaments


Assistants' Association

Trump Nat'l of Charlotte
Sept 14

Bermuda Run
CPGA Senior Open

Bermuda Run CC (East)
Sept 21-22

Champions Tour
SAS Championship
Open Qualifying

Wilson CC

October 2

Event Qualifier
October 5

Senior Program