Carolinas PGA Set to Host 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open
Tournament Aims to Raise $5,000 for Hendrick Family Foundation with Help from Mobipaid
Greensboro, NC (June 1, 2017) – The Carolinas PGA is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the season – The SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid. On June 5 - 8, 150+ amateurs and PGA Professionals will gather at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina for a shot at one of the region’s most prestigious golf tournaments and a unique chance to support The Hendrick Family Foundation – the charitable arm of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Auto Group. The Foundation helps to fight hunger by supporting the local food bank and works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System to identify schools where high risk children are in need of clothing. The Foundation also supports the Be The Match and its bone marrow donor program.
The Carolinas PGA’s 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open offers a unique fundraising opportunity for the Foundation with help from presenting partner, Mobipaid, who supports payments and donations through text messaging and social media. During the event, tournament participants, guests and other attendees will have the opportunity to show their support for the Hendrick Family Foundation with fundraising opportunities. The event kicks off Monday, June 5 with the event’s annual Pro-Am, during which players can purchase a donation package complete with one mulligan (to use on the hole of their choosing) and one raffle ticket entry for a chance to win the grand prize - two tickets to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August. Players will also be able to participate in a closest to the pin contest on one of the course’s par-3 holes that same day.
“The Carolinas PGA Section is an important partner for Mobipaid,” says Chris Roets, Founder and CEO of Mobipaid. “Our technology uses the power of social media for fundraising and captures a previously untapped audience, growing the opportunity to raise funds. We look forward to offering value to the Carolinas PGA, the charities they support and to golfers aspiring to advance their golf career.”
The donation opportunities will continue throughout the week with chances for players to support the Foundation using Mobipaid. With numerous fundraising opportunities available on-site at the tournament, coupled with other exciting chances to donate on social media, the Section hopes to raise upwards of $5,000 for the Hendrick Family Foundation to help the Foundation combat childhood hunger in the Charlotte Metro area, provide clothing for needy children and support local hospitals to provide care for children.
An official announcement and check presentation will be made at the conclusion of the tournament on Thursday, June 8 during the award ceremony. The North Carolina Open is an official CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year (Presented by OMEGA) points event, as well as a Johnny Palmer Trophy (Presented by True Temper) points event. For more information, please contact Carolinas PGA Section Headquarters at Carolinas@pgahq.com or view the official tournament page.
ABOUT CAROLINAS PGA SECTION
Established in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association has grown to be the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections with almost 2,000 professional members. The Carolinas PGA Section embraces North and South Carolina, as well as a small portion of southern Virginia, with more than 800 golf facilities. The Carolinas PGA is dedicated to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities. PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions, which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more. For more information, please visit www.carolinas.pga.com. You can also find @CarolinasPGA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Liz Muroski, Director Media and Promotions, Carolinas PGA, (336) 398-2742, firstname.lastname@example.org
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ABOUT HENDRICK FAMILY FOUNDATION
The Hendrick Family Foundation is the charitable arm of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Auto Group. The Foundation helps to fight hunger by supporting the local food bank and works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System to identify schools where high risk children are in need of clothing. The Foundation also supports the Be The Match and its bone marrow donor program.
NC Golf Day Takes Place at State Capital
May 24, 2017
On Wednesday, May 24, golf leaders throughout North Carolina met at the State Capital for North Carolina Golf Day to discuss the state of the industry and its significant impact on the community. In addition to Carolinas PGA Executive Director, Jeff Abbot and Carolinas PGA Secretary, Bob Byrnes, leaders from allied associations throughout the Carolinas like, the Carolinas Golf Association, Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, North Carolinas Golf Course Owners Association and Club Managers Association of America, attended.
Throughout the day, representatives met and interacted with members of the House and Senate Commerce Committee, as well as with various legislative leaders including: House Speaker, Tim Moore; Senate Pro Tem, Phil Berger; Commerce Secretary, Tony Copeland; and Lt. Governor, Dan Forest.
We encourage Professionals (specifically in North Carolina) to review the reports found here and here, which provide additional details about the economic impact that golf has made on the state of North Carolina, and share it with your local officials to tout the significance of golf in your community.
Hoisington Raises SC Open Trophy
*Pictured: SC Open Champion, Tate Hoisington, and Yamaha Golf Cars Representative, J.T. Carney
(Dataw Island, SC) – Amateur golfer Tate Hoisington of Hilton Head Island, SC captured the 66th South Carolina Open Presented by Yamaha Golf Cars held at Dataw Island Club on Dataw Island, SC on its Cotton Dike course.
After the first round of competition, Hoisington and PGA Apprentice Clark Rose from Walnut Creek CC sat tied at 70 (-2). Their lead was in no way comfortable as eight other competitors were still within easy reach at 72 (E) or better with plenty of others right behind.
The first two days of play suffered four significant weather delays. On the third day, the second round almost finished without interruption, but dangerous weather forced yet another suspension with only two groups of leaders remaining on the 18th hole. It was evident that the third and final round would not be possible. However, there was still hope that the weather would break, and the tournament could identify a 36-hole champion. After four hours, the skies cleared enough to finish the final hole.
Hoisington opened his second round with an impressive 32 on the front nine including five birdies. He closed in 38 strokes for another score of 70 and a total of 140 (-4).
In an interview, Hoisington gave the Dataw Island maintenance staff a lot of credit for their hard work as bunkers needed to be pumped, hand-bailed, and raked multiple times in three days. Of the rest of the course, he stated, “It was fantastic. The greens were perfect, and the fairways and rough, surprisingly, weren’t that wet. It was phenomenal. All things considered, it was great.” When asked which hole was his favorite, Hoisington chose the scenic par-4 #9. Why? …because he birdied it both times.
PGA Apprentice Peter Skirpstas of Jacksonville CC finished alone in second place at 72-69=141 (-3). He earned first prize in the PGA Professional contest.
Sales Representatives Parker Reeves and Chris Humble represented Presenting Partner Yamaha Golf Cars in the field. Reeves, who tied for thirteenth last year, finished in a tie for seventeenth this time at 71-75=146 (+2).
The Carolinas PGA sincerely thanks the members and staff of Dataw Island Club for their third year of support and hospitality.
The South Carolina Open is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event. Additionally, PGA Members' scores count toward the True Temper CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy. Both contests can be seen online here.
A handful of videos and many photographs are available on the Facebook pages of the Carolinas PGA and Dataw Island Club.
The Carolinas PGA sincerely thanks its event partners for their generous support.
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About the Carolinas PGA
Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities. Now the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association boasts nearly 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia.
PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more. For more information, contact Liz Muroski, Director of Media and Promotions at 336-398-2742 or email@example.com. www.Carolinas.PGA.com