2017 Playing Awards Announced
Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding performance throughout the 2017 season. Final results for each of these awards are available here.
2018 CPGA Major Tournament Schedule
Items in bold have been confirmed
|March 19-20||Head Professional Champ. / RBC Heritage Member Qual.||Callawassie Island Club|
|April 2-3||Tar Heel Cup Matches||River Landing CC|
|May 7-8||Pro-Am at Sequoyah National||Sequoyah National GC|
|May 22-24||67th South Carolina Open||Moss Creek GC (South)|
|June 5-7||54th SignArt North Carolina Open Pres. By Mobipaid||The Club at Irish Creek|
|June 25-26||Section Senior Professional Championship||Mimosa Hills G&CC|
|July 2-3||Section Assistant Professional Championship||Prestonwood CC (Highlands)|
|July 16-17||Pro-Assistant Championship||River Landing CC|
|August 7-9||94th Carolinas Open Pres. by BB&T||Greensboro CC (Carlson Farm)|
|August 27-29||Section Professional Championship||The Sea Pines Resort|
|November 27-29||E-Z-GO / AHEAD Pro-Pro Championship||TBD|
|TBD||Club Car Pro-Official Championship||TBD|
|TBD||OMEGA Match Play Championship||TBD|
|Senior Schedule||(dates added when finalized)|
|June 11-12||CPGA Senior Open||CC of Landfall|
|Oct 29-30||CPGA Senior Fall Finals||Old North State Club|
|Assistants' Association (dates added when finalized)|
|March 5||Format TBD||Cedarwood CC|
|April 24||Format TBD||Raleigh CC|
Carolinas PGA Announces 2017 Section Award Winners
PGA Professionals Recognized for Commitments and Contributions to Golf
The Carolinas PGA is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Section Awards and Honors, distributed annually by the Carolinas PGA Section, as selected by the Special Awards Committee, to the top 10 deserving Carolinas PGA Professionals. The mission of the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee is to ascertain the most eligible winners in each of the annually awarded categories, which is accomplished by an enthusiastic commitment from each committee member afforded the responsibility of identifying and recognizing his or her peers as exceptional.
With over 230 nominations this year, only 10 are selected by the Committee to receive these honors. The following Carolinas PGA Professionals are this year's honorees and display excellence in their profession, assume an ongoing commitment and devotion to progressing the game of golf and to preserving the integrity of the industry:
|Golf Professional of the Year
Jeff Dotson, PGA (The Country Club of North Carolina)
Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year
Doug Weaver, PGA (Palmetto Dunes Resort)
Horton Smith Award
James Hackenberg, PGA (Jimmy Hack Golf, LLC)
Bill Strausbaugh Award
Andrew Shuck, PGA (Charlotte Country Club)
Player Development Award
Jeff Shores, PGA (Golf Squad LLC)
Youth Player Development Award
Tom Mason, PGA (Par Tee Golf Center)
Merchandiser of the Year (Private)
Brian Joyce, PGA (Eagle Point Golf Club)
Merchandiser of the Year (Public)
Matt Daly, PGA (Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach)
Merchandiser of the Year (Resort)
Erika Mason, PGA (Old Edwards Club)
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Elliott Jones, PGA (Myers Park Country Club)
2017 Carolinas PGA
Please join us in congratulating these Carolinas PGA Professionals on their much-deserved honors!
Abrams & Skirpstas Win E-Z-GO / AHEAD CPGA Pro-Pro Championship
Pres. by Global Golf Sales, Stitch Golf, & Tifosi Optics
L-R: E-Z-GO rep Joe Angelino, AHEAD rep Mike Binder,
Champions Holden Abrams & Peter Skirpstas, & AHEAD rep Darin Little
Holden Abrams, PGA, and Peter Skirpstas of Jacksonville Country Club in Jacksonville, NC earned victory in the 2017 E-Z-GO / AHEAD Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship Presented by Global Golf Sales, Tifosi Optics, & Stitch Golf held in historic Pinehurst, NC.
Abrams, the club's PGA Head Professional, and Skirpstas, an Apprentice PGA Assistant Professional, posted impressive rounds of 67-60-60 = 187 (-28) to win by two strokes over the team of Gus Ulrich, PGA, from Pinewild CC of Pinehurst and Kelly Mitchum, PGA, from Pinehurst Resort & CC, who carded rounds of 65-59-65 = 189 (-26).
PGA Jr. League National Championship Recap
2018 PGA Jr. League Captain Registration Opens November 27th
The 6th PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental showcased some amazing golf, as Georgia (Duluth) took an early 3 ½ to ½ lead through the first three holes and then held on tight, as New Jersey (Hillsborough) rallied back into serious contention.
This is the second title for a Georgia-based team (Atlanta in 2013).
With the final group watching from the tee on the ninth and final hole played (par 5, 465-yard Hole No. 18), the Georgia team of William Love, 14; Harris Barth, 13; and Strug’s nephew Lucas Jinglov, 13, earned a conceded birdie to seal a half-point, and clinch the match. Moments later, their Georgia teammates rushed the green, realizing they had secured a hard-fought national title.
“It was really fun,” said Jinglov. “The way we’ve been treated and everything that’s been done for us... It’s been a great experience overall.”
The Georgia team was on the green in two, before Barth and Love both missed their eagle putt, leaving a short putt for the Championship. Showing tremendous sportsmanship, the New Jersey team of Katie Li, 12; Megan Meng, 11; and Adrian Jordan, 11, conceded the match.
“It means a lot to the team,” said Team Georgia Captain Patrick McCrary, a PGA Professional at TPC Sugarloaf near Atlanta. “They worked hard to get here, and it’s been a long road. We couldn’t be more happy for these kids.”
Career Corner - November
With PGA Employment Consultant, Michael Mueller
I am writing this month’s article from the clubhouse of the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, where I have been meeting with PGA Members to discuss their career goals and assist them in developing a plan to achieve them. On my next “Career Road Show”, I’ll be in Asheville, NC (December 12), Columbia, SC (December 13), Charlotte, NC (December 14), and Greensboro, NC (December 15). Locations for each are being determined, but if you would like to meet with me while I am in your area, please send me an email at email@example.com. I’ll be in other areas in the Carolinas in January and will also be available at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and the CPGA Big Week in February.
This month’s newsletter is the final article in a three part series intended to help you measure your value to your employer, quantify your value , and finally, to use this information to increase your income. If you missed either of the last two months newsletters, you can access them HERE and HERE.
Five Professionals Representing Carolinas at the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship
The 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship took place on the Wannamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Five professionals represented the Carolinas, including CPGA Assistant Professional Champion Peter Skirpstas of Jacksonville CC, Aaron Black of Edgewater Golf Club, Ray Franz, PGA of Daniel Island Club, Tommy Gibson, PGA of Old Town Club, and Thomas Redding of Quail Hollow Club. Congrats to Tommy Gibson, who was our highest finisher at T17.
>>> Final results
OMEGA CPGA Match Play
Field No Match for Tyndall
Ryan Tyndall, PGA, is the 2017 OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion. He dominated the competition, winnig 4 & 3 three times and 3 & 2 in the championship match. Sixteen of the top playing PGA Professionals in North and South Carolina qualified for this championship through their play at CPGA major championships in 2017. At each event, they gained points that went toward the Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year List Presented by OMEGA.
PGA National Day of HOPE
It is official that on Saturday, November 11th - Veterans Day - will serve as our inaugural PGA National Day of HOPE. PGA National Day of HOPE has two goals: Celebrate our nation’s heroes who protect our freedom; and raise awareness and support for the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, so that it can continue to grow. Please take a moment to watch our Hero video, featuring PGA REACH Trustee, Jack Nicklaus, which highlights the positive impact that PGA HOPE Programming has on our Nation's Veterans. For more information, visit carolinas.pga.com/pga-hope.
Thank You and Farewell
A message from Liz Muroski
It is bittersweet that I announced my departure from the Carolinas PGA as Media and Promotions Director. My time with the PGA has been wonderful and I've made many amazing connections that I know will last a lifetime. However, the time has come for me to embark on a new journey.
It was truly a pleasure being able to help grow the Section in the capacity that I did since my arrival but, it's been even more of a pleasure being able to work alongside such a wonderful staff, membership, board of directors, and array of partners.
Best of luck to you all! Keep golfing and taking advantage of all the amazing resources available to you through your Section - BIG WEEK IS COMING and, boy oh boy, are there some good surprises coming your way.
It was an honor serving you!