BIG WEEK 2018 Is Complete
February 22, 2018 (Greensboro, NC) – The Carolinas PGA 2018 Big Week has concluded after many inspiring and exciting moments. Thank you to all the PGA Professionals and Associates (formerly Apprentices) who came to Greensboro for these productive events. We hosted a successful Annual Meeting to elect our new CPGA Officers and Board Members, a special evening honoring our 2017 Award Winners, numerous exciting exhibitors, a $6,000 cash jackpot, and many education opportunities with incredible speakers.
The Section is proud to welcome Paige Cribb, PGA, to her new elected position as the first female President in Section history. This is historically significant, not only for the Carolinas PGA, but for the entire PGA of America. It is part of the PGA of America’s foundational plan that “we will be defined by our commitment to diversity and inclusion that resonates throughout the PGA of America, its programs and practices.” With Cribb in this position, this helps further our commitment and support of this important initiative for the game of golf. We are excited for the next two years under her leadership, as we will see our Section continue to thrive. Our new Vice President is Bob Byrnes, PGA, and our new Tournament Chairman is Jeff Avant, PGA. We also welcomed Chris Byrd, PGA, to our list of Officers as the new CPGA Secretary. Many thanks to our other candidate, Jim Lohbauer, PGA, for his dedication and desire to serve our Section. Other individuals that were sworn in on Monday morning were new Area III Director, Ben Smith, PGA, new Area V Director, Brock White, PGA, and new Area IX Director, Robb Wade, PGA.
We had a very special dinner on Sunday evening honoring our Section’s 2017 Award Winners, this year at Greensboro Country Club. The new location proved very fitting for the caliber of the evening. Congratulations to all of our special honorees. Among these individuals was our Golf Professional of the Year, Jeff Dotson, PGA, the Director of Golf at The Country Club of North Carolina. We would also like to extend a tremendous thank you to our presenting partner of the evening, Club Car. With their support, we are able to make this night as special as we can for our winners.
Our numerous education opportunities were host to speakers from all facets of the industry, along with a featured speaker to provide a different perspective. Former Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer, Dave Ridley, was our featured speaker this year, giving Professionals a look into “Building a Brand through Service Excellence, Leadership, and a Healthy Corporate Culture.” Other educators included our own PGA Junior League Regional Manager, Daryl Batey, PGA, alongside our PGA WORKS Fellow, Jessica Asbury, our PGA Career Consultant, Mike Mueller, PGA, a ‘Women in Golf’ panel led by our new President, Paige Cribb, PGA, and the very engaging Meaghan Foley discussing Golf Psychology. We were also privileged to have retired Westchester Country Club PGA Professional and multiple PGA National Award winner, John Kennedy, PGA, speak to our Members on “Increasing your Value, Your Reputation, Your Leadership, & Your Knowledge.” The Winter Teaching Summit provided valuable insight from Chris O’Connell, PGA, top 10 PGA Golf Instructor, Doug Weaver, PGA, our 2017 Teacher of the Year, Michael Napoleon from SuperSpeed Golf, our Summit’s presenting partner, and Sang Kim, the CEO of the Summit’s supporting partner, 4D Motion Sports.
This year at our Merchandise Show, we had our biggest cash jackpot yet! The total of $6,000 was very intriguing and left four (4) PGA Professionals going home with some cash. Our three (3) $1,000 winners were Ben Windoft, PGA, Head Professional at Elk River Club, Carl Beaman, PGA, General Manager at Star Hill Golf Club, and Logan Scott, PGA, Head Professional at The Members Club at Woodcreek. Our grand prize of $3,000 was awarded to Ross Sanderlin, PGA, Head Professional at Jamestown Park Golf Course in High Point, NC. Also a big congratulations to all our raffle prize winners, made possible by the support and donations from our generous vendors.
We hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and benefitted from these important events. A huge thank you to all of our event partners that helped make the few days possible. Our Presenting Partners for the event were Merchant Services, LTD and the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Our Supporting Partners were Daly Seven Hotels and the Carolinas Golf Salesman Association. The Carolinas PGA Staff most importantly thanks you, the PGA Professional, for all your hard work and dedication to this great business and game. We look forward to seeing everyone in the 2018 season and next year at BIGWEEK19!