From: Donald Clement <>

Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:14 PM

To: Carolinas Section

Subject: The Grand Strand Gazette - Area VII Quarterly Update - November


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

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An update from your Area Director, Donald Clement, PGA:

First and foremost, my heart and prayers go out to the many that have been affected by the weather events over the last 60 days. Hurricane Florence caused major damage to many NC and SC Coastal facilities. The Grand Strand courses were preparing for a “Hugo like” storm, and thankfully, were spared significant damage as compared to the facilities North of the Grand Strand. Not to say, many facilities experienced  major damage here on the Grand Strand, but compared to our northern neighbors, we were spared Florence’s wrath.

In a three week span, starting on September 11, with a mandatory evacuation of all Coastal counties of SC for a category 4 storm headed our way, facilities prepared for the worst. We were spared, as the storm made land fall North of us, regrettably to our NC Coastal facilities.

Most Area VII facilities were re-opened by Tuesday September 18. Due the extensive rain brought on by the slow moving Florence, flooding followed. Record breaking floods occurred North of us, causing rivers headed south to overflow their banks and closing facilities on the Grand Strand.

TPC Myrtle Beach, Willbrook Plantantion, Long Bay Club, Blackmoor Golf Club, Wachesaw Plantation Club, Heritage Club were closed for 2 to 10 days and Aberdeen CC is still closed today, due to extensive flooding of the clubhouse.

Rounds are down throughout the Area VII facilities due to these storms and the negative media reports about our area.

On a positive note, most facilities have recovered well and are showing some good numbers for late October and November.

Modern Technology in Club Fitting
Speaker: Ed LaPierre - Tournament & Events Manager - PGA TOUR Superstore

Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 3 - 5pm
Location: PGA TOUR Superstore - North Myrtle Beach, SC

The Grand Strand Area, in conjunction with the Cape Fear Area, is hosting an educational opportunity in a couple weeks. We look forward to hosting this great event and hope you will attend! To sign up, please contact your Area Director - Donald Clement -

I would like to give a shout out to Billy Anderson, Brian Joyce and their team at Eagle Point for an incredible CPGA Pro-Official event. We talk about dealing with adversity and they stepped up and pulled off and awesome event after dealing with the brunt of Hurricane Florence. Thanks guys!

Congratulations to Christopher (GRANT) Bolin, on being elected to PGA Membership this month! Our First Assistant Golf Professional at The Reserve Golf Club. Great Job Grant!

Kudos to Chris Cooper, PGA, Tidewater GC for his work with hosting “Gene’s Dream Team” and raising funds for “First Tee”. Gene Weldon, longtime Area VII Golf Professional and mentor to many here; GROWING the GAME.

 Thanks go out to Michael Mueller, PGA, PGA Career Consultant, for his dedication and incredible work to our section and area. Mike has scheduled several consultations in our area and have sold them out! Thanks for your leadership Michael!

I wish to all, a safe and Blessed Holiday season.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way.


Donald Clement - Grand Strand Area Director
Director of Golf
The Reserve Golf Club
(843) 235-0755


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

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