Ten of the Carolinas' top PGA Professional Honored as Special Award and Honors Winners
The Carolinas PGA Section Awards and Honors are distributed annually to the 10 Carolinas PGA Professionals who not only excel in their fields of expertise, but also contribute to the game’s growth in the Carolinas. These individuals have dedicated themselves to maintaining the integrity of the golf industry. Day in and day out, they exemplify what it means to be a PGA Professional.
The Section’s Special Awards and Honors committee chair, and the 41st Inductee into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame, Mike Harmon, PGA of Secession Golf Club, is proud to announce the 10 professionals, nominated by their peers, who have risen to the top in 2013.
These 10 professionals will be recognized at the 21th Annual Special Awards and Honors Ceremony on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.
|Golf Professional of the Year
||Chad Newton, PGA
|Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year
||Jason Sutton, PGA
|Horton Smith Trophy
||Ed Sehl, PGA
||Ed Sehl Golf, LLC
|Bill Strausbaugh Award
||Tom Ducey, PGA
||Old North State Club
|Junior Golf Leader
||Ryan Dailey, PGA
||Campbell University PGA Golf Management
|Player Development Award
||Heidi Wright-Tennyson, PGA
||Moss Creek GC
|Public Merchandiser of the Year
||Michelle Kempe, PGA
||National Golf Management
|Private Merchandiser of the Year
||Jeff Nichols, PGA
|Resort Merchandiser of the Year
||Benjamin Boyter, PGA
||Kiawah Island Golf Resort
|TaylorMade - adidas Assistant Professional of the Year
||Brian Joyce, PGA
||Old Chatham GC
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Global Golf Sales Par-3 Challenge
Lewallen Outshoots the Field
Global Golf Sales concluded its season-long Par-3 Challenge on Monday, December 2. 21 CPGA Professionals qualified by their scoring averages on designated par-3 holes at CPGA major championships in 2013.
Rick Lewallen, PGA was the last man standing after four rounds of play. Congratulations to him and all of the other contestants.
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Carolinas PGA Section Announces its 2013 Players of the Year
The Carolinas PGA Section is excited to announce this year’s Players of the Year and Johnny Palmer Trophy winner. These titles are given to the Carolinas PGA Professionals and CPGA Senior Associate members who, throughout the year, have proven themselves through their play in numerous CPGA tournaments, PGA of America Championships, PGA Tour events, and USGA events.
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Kelly Mitchum, PGA, an Assistant PGA Professional at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, collected 333 points to win his sixth Bob Boyd Section Player of the Year award. For a record fifth time, Michum won the CPGA Professional Championship. He and Bob Boyd, the CPGA's Player of the Year award's namesake, were previously tied with four titles.
Tim Straub, PGA Head Golf Coach at Davidson College, is the 2013 Johnny Palmer Trophy Winner. Straub had the Carolinas PGA’s lowest stroke average of 70.55 through the four major tournaments the CPGA hosts.
Our Senior Player of the Year awards go to the Senior Professional, Senior Associate (amateur), and Super Senior Associate (amateur) who have consistently topped the leaderboards at Carolinas PGA Senior Associate Program tournaments. Rick Lewallen, PGA Life Member of Kannapolis, N.C. accumulated 550 points to capture the Tommy Card Senior Professional Player of the Year title. Our Senior Associate Player of the Year Award goes to Ernie Newton of High Point, N.C. Larry Boswell of Jamestown, N.C. was the Super Senior Associate Player of the Year.
All 2013 Players of the Year will be presented their awards at the annual Special Awards & Honors & Ceremony presented by Club Car to be held at the Greensboro Coliseum on February 16, 2014. For information about the CPGA Awards & Honors dinner please contact Sara Beth Gardocki, Media and Promotions Director at email@example.com.
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CPGA Partners with Southeast Links Card
We are pleased to announce an exciting partnership we have formed with the Southeast Links Card. Not only should this partnership raise a substantial amount of money for our Growth of the Game initiatives, it will also generate rounds and revenues for your courses. As part of our partnership, they have agreed to donate a percentage of each card sold back to the section and with an estimated membership base of 30k-50k, that is not only substantial money for the section, but also a great increase in revenues for your courses.
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We are excited about this partnership. The success of this partnership will depend on course participation, which is why we are asking all of you to enroll your courses into the Links Card Platform today.
Don Sweeting Joins PGA Employment Consultant Team
Don will be serving as the PGA Employment Consultant for the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas territory. He has been a PGA member since 1988 and was most recently PGA General Manager / Executive Vice President of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
A past Board Member of the Carolinas PGA Section, Don also served on the Board of Directors for The First Tee of the Sandhills and the National Golf Course Owners’ Association, North Carolina Chapter. Don will be based in the Pinehurst, N.C. area.
PGA National News
Golf Channel Presents 2013 PGA of America Year in Review, "Reaching Up, Reaching Out" and "Ryder Cup: One Year to Go" Documentary, Dec. 9
"Reaching Up, Reaching Out," part of the "2013 PGA Year in Review," debuts on Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and features PGA Professionals who are making an impact on the course and in their local communities. The program's second half-hour follows U.S. Captain Tom Watson and European Captain Paul McGinley's journey last September to Gleneagles, Scotland in a documentary, "Ryder Cup: One Year to Go."
Golf Channel Bolsters Coverage of PGA Merchandise Show with Morning Drive Broadcasting Live From Show Floor
Starting in 2014, "Morning Drive" will provide live broadcasts from the PGA Merchandise Show floor Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 24, as well as remote live segments from the PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Callaway Golf Will Showcase New Products at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show
During the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Callaway Golf will showcase its expansive 2014 equipment lineup, including the recently announced X2 Hot line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons. From Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 24, Callaway Golf will exhibit its full line of golf equipment as an anchor exhibitor of the PGA Show PGA Forum.
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