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David Kocher Repeats at 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open

Tournament Raises $8,700 for Hendrick Family Foundation

(Kannapolis, NC) – Amateur golfer and 2016 defending champion, David Kocher, captured the 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid on June 8 after an intense final round at The Club at Irish Creek. Kocher and  fellow amateurs Eric Bae, Thomas Eldridge, and Aman Gupta, finished 36 holes tied at 206 (-6).  On the first playoff hole, the 221-yard par-3 #18, all competitors made par.  On the 406-yard par-4 #1, Kocher drained an eight-foot putt for birdie and the repeat victory.

Kocher, a senior on the University of Maryland golf team, began the day tied for second at 136 (-6) with fellow amateur Thomas Eldridge.  They sat three strokes behind Concord, NC local amateur Aman Gupta’s 139 (-9).  Breezy conditions and the demanding Davis Love III course design proved challenging for everyone on top the leaderboard, thus the tie at the end of regulation.

Kocher is only the fourth person in the 53-year history of the North Carolina Open to successfully defend his title.

168 of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina came together 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. Throughout the event, there were a series of unique fundraising opportunities for the Foundation with help from presenting partner, Mobipaid, who supports payments and donations through text messaging and social media. By the final day of the tournament, the North Carolina Open was able to donate $8,700 to the Hendrick Family Foundation making it one of the Section’s most successful events to date.

The 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid 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, which recognizes the best scoring average for the season.




Carolinas PGA Hosts 53rd SignArt NC Open and Aims to Raise $5,000 For Hendrick Family Foundation with Help from Mobipaid

This week, 150+ amateurs and PGA Professionals have gathered 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 on-site and online. 


Show your support for the Hendrick Family Foundation by offering a donation!


 Learn more about this initiative here


Carolinas PGA Recognized at PGA Championship Media Day

(CPGA Executive Director, Jeff Abbot | CPGA President John Marino, PGA | Jimmy Walker)

Section President John Marino and Executive Director Jeff Abbot attended the PGA Championship Media Day at Quail Hollow Club featuring defending champion Jimmy Walker.  The PGA of America’s Senior Director of PR, Julius Mason, emceed the event featuring Quail Hollow Club President Johnny Harris, PGA of America President Paul Levy, Chief Championship Officer Kerry Haigh and officials from CBS and Turner Sports. President Harris recognized the Carolinas PGA and its efforts as the host Section.  Mason led an engaging interview with Walker, highlighting Walker’s victory at Baltusrol and his personal interests from family to astrophotography! 


The Section looks forward to the upcoming championship this August 7-13 at the famed Charlotte club.


NC Open Pro-Am

Our NC Open Pro-Am begins this morning and kicks off our week of play at the 53rd SignArt NC Open Presented by Mobipaid! This year's event supports the Hendrick Family Foundation of which we're aiming to raise $5,000 with help from Mobipaid. Learn more here. | DONATE HERE



Groomes & Piccirillo Capture Area I Challenge Title

Sutton Leads Dynamic Discussion on Player Development


On Tuesday, May 30 at Burlingame CC Professionals gathered for the 2017 Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area I Meeting and Golf Challenge Presented by Bionic Glove, PGA Tour & Source4.  The team of Rion Groomes & Dominic Piccirillo of Keowee Key Golf & CC won after a three team chip off to capture the Area Challenge Championship.


Area I Professionals gathered for fellowship and education, highlighted by an engaging player development presentation by CPGA Teaching & Coaching Committee Member & Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Jason Sutton, PGA from Carmel CC in Charlotte.   A special thank you to Area I Director Brett Miller for administering the meeting.  Miller was also re-elected by acclamation for an additional two year term as Area I Director.  The Section would also like to thank Burlingame CC Director of Golf John Carter and his staff for hosting the event.


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