From: Ben Smith <>

Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 2:11 PM

To: Carolinas Section

Subject: Lowcountry Lowdown - Area III Quarterly Update


This Fall Quarterly Update has a message from your Director and some exciting Section Updates!

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An update from your Area Director, Ben Smith, PGA:

As we all gear up for the fall season, there are a handful of playing and educational opportunities available for Members and Associates. More information about those events is below, and I look forward to seeing many of you around the Lowcountry at these events!

Congratulations go out to Seth Sweet, a PGA Assistant Professional at Secession Golf Club, on his victory in the 2018 Hilton Head Open! Seth withstood a charge from amateur Connor Moore of Bluffton, SC, to win this year’s event by one shot, shooting a two-day score of 140 (-4). A special thank you to PGA Professionals Ray Bragg and Mark Teed of Sea Pines Country Club for hosting the event! Even through the daily rain showers, the SPCC team provided fantastic conditions, great hospitality, and a great test of golf.

In other tournament results, congratulations to Charles Fox, PGA Professional at Spring Island, and his partner Riley Schank on their victory in the HHIPGA Pro-Scratch. A spectacular 64 (-8) included 7 birdies on the front nine and was good enough to sneak by the 2017 champions, Seth Sweet and Matt Nihiser by one shot. Our gratitude goes out to PGA Professionals Tom Logue and AJ Gerlach for hosting the event at Moss Creek Golf Club.

Finally, as you read this we are likely in the middle of our first Area III Assistants’ Day of 2018. We are indebted to Kiawah Island Club for hosting this event focused on hiring to a culture. Our plan is to hold another Area III Assistants’ Day in the southern part of the Lowcountry later in 2018, so be on the lookout for more information to come.

Best wishes go out to everyone on a successful fall season! As always, if I can assist with anything please feel free to reach out.

Upcoming Events:

HHIPGA Tournament Series: Individual Stableford

Thursday, September 6th
Colleton River Club

Join us for a fun, one-day event at the prestigious Colleton River Club! This event is open to any Area III Professional that has paid HHIPGA Chapter Dues.

HHIPGA Tournament Series: Professionals Championship

Sunday, September 16th and Monday, September 17th
Oldfield Golf Club

The Chapter’s annual Championship visits Oldfield Golf Club in September. This two-day, individual stroke play event crowns our area’s Champion Professional of the Year, and is the Chapter’s final tournament that awards points to the Chapter Player of the Year race. This event is open to any Area III Professional that has paid HHIPGA Chapter Dues.

HHIPGA Chapter Meeting and Pro-Pro-Pro-Pro Tournament

Monday, December 6th
Belfair Golf Club 

Be on the lookout for more information and signups about the Chapter’s final event of the year, which is always a highlight of the season! We’ll be visiting Belfair Golf Club, the host of the 2019 PGA PNC, for the Pro-Pro-Pro-Pro and final Chapter Meeting of the year. We’ll recap the year’s activities, recognize the yearly Chapter award winners, and look forward to 2019.

Ben Smith - Area III Director
Director of Golf

Port Royal Golf Club


Carolinas PGA Section
6271 Bryan Park Rd, Browns Summit, NC 27214

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