2018 CPGA Fall Teaching Summit

Presented by Mizuno Golf & Boditrak Sports

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The Carolinas PGA Teaching, Coaching, & Player Development Committee
invites you to attend the

2018 CPGA Fall Teaching Summit
Presented by Mizuno Golf & Boditrak Sports

Monday & Tuesday, November 12-13, 2018
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, NC

Cost:  CPGA Member $100  |  CPGA Associate $75  |  Non-CPGA Professional $125

MSR Available:  A total of 11 MSR in the "Required" category is available.

Lodging:  Pine Needles - $120 king/double or Mid Pines $99 king/double.  Call the reservation department at (800) 747-7272 x3233 and mention the "Carolinas PGA Teaching Summit."

Monday Reception:  On Monday, there will be a welcome reception and "open-mic" session at Pine Needles from 5:30 - 8:00 PM.  There will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Tuesday's Schedule:  Check-in 7:30 AM.  Education from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM with lunch at noon.

Tuesday's Topics:  Tuesday's summit will include presentations from event Presenting Partners Mizuno Golf and Boditrak Sports, round table discussions of various topics, demonstration opportunities with Orange Whip Trainer, and live one-on-one lessons by Committee members followed by Q&A for each instructor and student.


***Military Lessons***:  Since Monday will be Veterans' Day Observed, the Committee wants to do something to honor members of the U.S. Military.  We will be reaching out through Fort Bragg's MWR office to offer the opportunity for 24 servicemen and women to come to Mid Pines for free lessons, lunch, and golf.  We anticipate the lessons beginning at 10:30 AM, and would like to find around 12 PGA Professionals to instruct.  During the registration process, please indicate if you are interested and available or not.  MSR in the "Total" category will be awarded to those who volunteer.  CPGA staff will contact those who indicate they can help to officially confirm.



We hope you'll choose to join us in November to socialize with fellow PGA Professionals and learn ways of becoming a better golf instructor!

Please contact us at the Carolinas PGA office with any questions.

PGA / USGA Rules of Golf Workshops

Since 1975, the United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, working together to support the best interests of the game, have offered to the public a series of workshops on the Rules of Golf. These workshops are open to the public and bring together several of the foremost Rules of Golf educators in the game, with the goal of making the Rules accessible to anyone who wishes to learn more about them or sharpen their existing knowledge.

With major changes to the Rules of Golf taking effect on January 1, 2019, the USGA and PGA will offer an expanded schedule of 35 workshops.  They will take place in the Fall of 2018 between September 5, and December 5, 2018 and in the Winter of 2019 between January 3 and April 1, 2019. PGA of America members will earn 24 PGA education credits for attendance in full at any of these workshops.

To register for a workshop and learn more, click here.

Associate Opportunities & Education


Chair: Paige Cribb, PGA

At Large: Mike Mueller, PGA

At Large: Briana Sweeny, PGA

At Large: Josh Wagaman, PGA

At Large: Elliott Jones, PGA


This article may be helpful in explaining how important the case studies are and how you can connect them to completing your portfolio. Here's another article that can assist with making sure your Level 1 portfolio is completed correctly and easily approved.


The CPGA Associate Education Committee is here to help PGA associates who are currently completing the PGA program. Our goal is to provide educational activities for associates, as well as create a network of Class-A PGA Professionals who are willing to volunteer time to assist associates progressing through the PGA 2.0 program with gaining the needed work experience, completing the required portfolio work, getting out of suspension, etc.

A list of contacts is currently being updated. Check back soon.

If you would like to be added to one of these lists, please contact Mike Whitenack at mwhitenack@pgahq.com.

GOLFTEC Fall Education Series

in conjunction with the Carolinas PGA Education Committee

The Carolinas PGA Education Committee is excited to announce the GOLFTEC Fall Education Series, starting in October. All members will receive 2 MSRs (required category) for each session attended. Therefore, there are a maximum of 8 MSRs you can receive. There is no cost to attend any session. This opportunity is open to all PGA Members and Associates, in good standing.

Please see below for the four sessions being hosted over the next few months. Session #1 will be presented in three locations and Sessions #2 - #4 will be presented in four locations.

Session #2 – Sales Training – 
Convert Customers to Students
November 2018

  • Sales Funnel
  • Converting Leads
  • Sales Process
  • Closing Students
  • Renewal Process
  • Referrals

Greenville, SC - November 5, 6:00-8:00 pm

Charlotte, NC - November 6, 6:00-8:00 pm

Cary, NC - November 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Greensboro, NC - November 8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Session #3 – Structuring Golf Lessons – 
Knowing What You Want Before You Start
December 2018

  • 30, 45, 60-minute lessons
  • Utilizing Technology
  • OODA Loop
  • Time Management

Greenville, SC - December 10, 6:00-8:00 pm

Charlotte, NC - December 11, 6:00-8:00 pm

Cary, NC - December 12, 6:00-8:00 pm

Greensboro, NC - December 13, 6:00-8:00 pm

Session #4 – Club Fitting – When to Fit vs. 
When to Coach, Fitting Best Practices
January 2019

  • Students and Non-students
  • Right time to fit?
  • Recognizing Need
  • Utilizing Technology
  • Fitting Practices

Greenville, SC - January 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Charlotte, NC - January 8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Cary, NC - January 9, 6:00-8:00 pm

Greensboro, NC -  January 10, 20 6:00-8:00 pm

With any questions, please contact: 
Robert Gamble, PGA - Regional Manager GolfTEC - rgamble@golftec.com

Note: Sessions are subject to cancelation should appropriate sign-up numbers not be met.

Fall/Winter Area Education & Events

Area I & IV Fall Education - GOLFTEC & Sierra Nevada

Highlands & Piedmont Professionals:

Come out and enjoy some time with fellow professionals, get some great education in the world of technology, teaching the game, and then enjoy one of this region's great assets, lunch at Sierra Nevada!

When: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
10:00 AM to NOON

Where: Broadmoor Golf Links, 101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher, NC   
Phone : 828-687-1500 (beside the Asheville regional airport and Interstate 26)

Lunch will be provided after the meeting at Sierra Nevada Brewery (one mile away). You're welcome to book tours after lunch at www.sierranevada.com

Cost: $0  FREE - Includes lunch at Sierra

MSR: 2 points (required category)

TOPIC: We are honored to have Nic Ondriska of GOLFTEC to bring us cutting edge information in technology and custom fitting for teaching our students. www.golftec.com

DEADLINE: Saturday, October 20 at 5pm

To register, contact:

Brett D. Miller | Highlands Director | brett@mmagolf.com

A.J. Sikula | Piedmont Director  | ajsikula@gmail.com

Area V (Sandhills) Winter Seminar Series
Contact Area Director Brock White for more information

November 26th - Teaching & Coaching - Nick Clearwater - Vice President of Instruction for GolfTec - Held at Methodist University

Nick is the Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC. He is responsible for the quality of instruction given during the one million lessons that GOLFTEC’s 700 plus Coaches teach annually. He has been a PGA Tour Credentialed Instructor for the past ten consecutive years. Golf Digest has ranked on their Best Young Teacher List, #1 on Golf Digest Best in State of Colorado Instructor list, and was previously on the list of Best Instructors in Illinois as well. He has made countless Golf Channel Morning Drive appearances, and is also referred to as a “regular guest” by the producers and hosts of the show. He also creates and manages over 200 pieces of content annually that air on Golf Channel.

Nick specializes in creating and training a systematic approach toward golf instruction which has enabled GOLFTEC Coaches to view a golf swing and golf instruction similarly. Within his own teaching, he has used nearly every device in the industry including:  GEARS, AMM, Foresight Quad, Foresight GC2, and HMT, TrackMan, Flightscope, BodiTrak, SkyPro, and SkyTrak. In addition to his role at GOLFTEC, Nick has spoken at numerous PGA Section events in the US and Internationally, and has delivered content associated with the recent GOLFTEC-PGA Alliance at the 2017 National PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, at PGA Section events, Golf Biomechanics Seminars, and PGM Universities.

December 3rd - Developing Your Junior Golf Program – Jim Hardy – National Academy Director US Kids Golf - Held at Longleaf Golf & Family Club

Jim Hardy is the Academy Director for Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Southern Pines, NC. Hardy, is a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach, PGA Professional and father of four. He began his career in the golf business in 1996 after buying a practice range and adjacent land for a 9-hole lighted par-3 course in southwest Houston.

As a teacher, Hardy creates a fun and enjoyable learning experience while bringing students the technical, mental and fitness aspects of the game to meet each individual’s needs. He served as a coach for the First Tee and  as an instructor and Board Member of the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf program while in Houston. Eighty percent of his students under the age of 18.

As a player, Jim has played in the PGA Professional National Championship and loves to compete but he gets his biggest thrill when he can say, “Learning has Occurred.” This is a phrase he uses often during golf instruction which, in his words, is a code for making a connection with his students.

January - To Be Announced

February - To Be Announced

Online Education

Watch presentations from the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

Member Business Center Videos

If you need PGA Education MSR credits, here is an opportunity to watch videos recorded at the Member Business center during the 2017 and 2018 PGA Merchandise Shows. All you need to do is watch a video and successfully complete an assessment at its conclusion.

Be sure to check out your allied associations such as CMAA.org and GCSAA.org (among many others) for their educational opportunities.