Abrams & Simpson Win Carolinas PGA Pro-Assistant
L-R: Champions Kyle Simpson & Holden Abrams
The team of Holden Abrams and Kyle Simpson captured the Carolinas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship Presented by PING, Four County EMC, Greg Norman Collection, and Yamaha Golf Cars, held at River Landing Country Club in Wallace, NC.
Abrams, the PGA Head Professional at Jacksonville CC in Jacksonville, NC, and Simpson, the PGA Apprentice General Manager at Bear Trail GC in Jacksonville, NC, posted rounds of 62-67=129 (-15). Their rounds featured 15 team birdies, one eagle, and two bogeys. Their final birdie proved to be the most important and timely. Simpson drained a forty-foot putt on #18 to close out Ben Smith, the PGA Head Professional at Port Royal GC in Hilton Head Island, SC, and Seth Sweet, the PGA Apprentice Assistant Professional at Secession GC in Beaufort, SC, by one stroke. Smith and Sweet finished one stroke behind at 66-64=130 (-14).
Nearby lightning early in the morning of the second and final round forced the decision to move to two shotgun starts. However, the skies later cleared and provided an enjoyable day.
CBS Sports Airs "Turning Passion Into Profession"
Scott Davenport, PGA of Quail Hollow Club featured
On Sunday, July 16, CBS Sports aired “Turning Passion into Profession” - an hour-long special narrated by Gary McCord which introduced viewers to PGA Professionals nationwide and highlighted the diverse roles they play as stewards of the game at the grassroots level. Among the many Professionals featured was Carolinas PGA Member and Head Professional, Scott Davenport of Quail Hollow Club, the host site of the 99th PGA Championship. Davenport discussed his role at Quail Hollow as only the second PGA Head Professional in its history. He even offered a preview of the upcoming 99th PGA Championship and what is involved in hosting the Club’s first major. Davenport also spoke to the unique day of coaching Carolina Panthers players Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly and Greg Olson. Check out the video below! Click to view.
Charlie Rymer - Fort Mill HS Golf Program Fundraiser - PGA Championship Week
Morning Drive Host Charlie Rymer is hosting a golf clinic, barbeque dinner, stories, and laughs on Monday, August 7 at Fort Mill GC to support the Fort Mill High School girls and boys golf program. He'll conduct a 45 minute golf clinic on the range and the Golf Channel is intending to tape a segment that will air on Morning Drive later that week during the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.
The clinic begins at 5 pm, with dinner and an auction in the clubhouse from 6-7. The cost is a $50 donation.
PGA of America Names Michael Mueller, PGA Carolinas Section Employment Consultant
The Carolinas PGA is pleased to announce that PGA Employment Services has named Michael Mueller, PGA the new Carolinas PGA Section Employment Consultant. Mueller becomes part of the expanded team of 18 employment consultants now serving PGA Members and employers across the country. Recently, PGA Employment Services added eight new field consultants to its team who will provide a unique opportunity to forge stronger relationships with both PGA Members and PGA employers through the overall smaller geographic territories each Consultant manages. We're proud to see Mueller serve the Carolinas PGA Section.
"The opportunity to serve the members of the Carolinas PGA as your Employment Consultant is a dream come true," says Mueller. "I look forward to working with my fellow Professionals every day and helping you achieve your career goals."
Previously in this role was Don Sweeting, PGA, who was recently promoted to Director of PGA Employment Services. We thank Don for his many years of service to our Section and look forward to welcoming Mike to this new role. Please join us in congratulating Mike on this prestigious honor. Should you ever have any employment questions, you can reach him here!
Things to Do - Charlotte, NC
PGA Championship Week August 7-13, 2017
Abbot Presents at CMAA Summer Meeting at Quail Hollow Club
On Monday, June 26, Executive Director Jeff Abbot was one of the featured speakers at the Carolinas Chapter CMAA Summer Education Meeting at Quail Hollow Club. Abbot was invited by CMAA President and Quail Hollow Club General Manager Tom DeLozier and CMAA Managing Director Patricia Calder. Abbot spotlighted the value of a PGA professional, the history of the PGA and the initiatives of the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation. The presentation also featured an interactive discussion on player development. Over 100 CMAA general managers from private clubs in North and South Carolina were in attendance.
SC Golfers Claim 2017 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship
Congratulations to grand strand golfers, Holden Grigg of Myrtle Beach, SC and Anna Morgan of Spartanburg, SC on their championship victories at the 2017 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship! Grigg finished the tournament on top at -5 and Anna completed her final round at -4. The top two boys and top two girls finishers in the tournament qualify for the national Junior PGA Championship next month at The Country Club of St. Albans. Warrington Riley of Raleigh, NC joins Grigg in the boys group and Smith Knaffle of Murrells Inlet, SC joins Morgan as the girls runner-up. We wish all of you the best of luck as you move on to the national event!
Champion, Anna Morgan and runner up, Smith Knaffle.
Champion, Holden Grigg and runner up, Warrington (Quinn) Riley.
11 Carolinas PGA Professionals to Compete in PGA Professional Championship
Photo via Sunriver
We're thrilled to announce that 11 of our PGA Professionals will be competing in the 50th PGA Professional Championship June 18-21, 2017 on the Crosswater and Meadows Courses at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort. Contestants include:
Andrew Bateman - Diamond Creek Country Club
Brooks Blackburn - Palmetto Golf Club
Charles Frost - Old Town Club
Larry George - River Landing Country Club
Michael Hutcheon - PGA Life Member
Nick Jacobi - Monroe Country Club
Brian Joyce - Eagle Point Country Club
Kelly Mitchum - Pinehurst No. 1-5
Savio Nazareth - Starmount Forest Country Club
Josh Points - Wakefield Plantation
Matt Vick - Pinehurst No. 7
The championship features a field of 312 players who have advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past Champions. There will be two cuts for the field: to the low 90 scorers and ties after 36 holes and the low 70 scorers and ties after 54 holes. The PGA Professional Championship began in 1968, to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. In nearly half a century, it has become a showcase event for PGA Professionals, featuring some of the finest players in the Association.
Best of luck to all our PGA Pros!
Neal Lancaster Wins 2017 Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Championship
HUNTERSVILLE, NC - Neal Lancaster, PGA is the 2017 Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Champion. The 36-hole championship event was completed this afternoon at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville, NC. Lancaster had an incredible round today, finishing with 6 birdies, and eagle 2 on the par-4 fourth hole, and no bogeys for a 64. His total score for the tournament was 12-under 132 to win by 8 shots. With his win, Lancaster also qualified for the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship to be held September 28 - October 1, 2017 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ
There were five other qualifying spots available into the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship. The following Carolinas PGA Professionals finished well enough to earn a spot:
Cory McEwen, PGA Campobello, SC Village Greens GC 74-69=143 (-1)
Rick Morton, PGA Jacksonville, NC Rock Creek G&CC 72-71=143 (-1)
Michael Hutcheon, PGA High Point, NC Life Member 74-71=145 (+1)
Mark Tomedolskey, PGA Yemassee, SC Cherokee Plantation 73-72=145 (+1)
David Thore, PGA Wilmington, NC Life Member 74-75=149 (+5)
The Carolinas PGA would like to thank PGA General Manager Courtney Ford and PGA Head Professional Mark Hofstetter for hosting the event. The CPGA also thanks local partner Exit 28 Automobile, and national partners Mercedes-Benz USA, John Deere, and the PGA Tour.
PGA REACH Carolinas Sees Success at First Annual Charity Pro-am
Raises $250,000 for it's Foundation
The first annual Carolinas PGA REACH Charity Pro-am took place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Quail Hollow Club. Teams of five joined early that morning for breakfast, photos with the Wanamaker Trophy and a 10AM shotgun start on the prestigious PGA Championship course. Key attendees included US Senator, Richard Burr and NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick, among many other PGA Professionals, CPGA Officers and Board Members, and members of PGA REACH, PGA HOPE and the PGA Championship.
The purpose of the event was to raise money for the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the philanthropic arm of the Carolinas PGA Section, committed to serving communities and growing the game of golf through three pillars – Youth, Military, and Diversity & Inclusion. Over 20 teams, whom each contributed $5,000 to play, participated in the day of play, with several others signing up for silent auction items throughout the afternoon.
The day concluded with a celebration of the efforts made by attending guests and participants. The event initially reached a donation total of $220,000 until a very generous last minute donation was made by PGA Professional, Perry Green of Wescott Plantation on behalf of his PGA HOPE Chapter, for $30,000. This bumped up the final day’s charitable donation amount for the Foundation to $250,000.
Net 1st Place (Score: 63)
Jimmy McMullen (Pro)
Gross 1st Place (Score: 64)
Barry Pierce (Pro)
Net 2nd Place (Score: 64)
Gross 2nd Place (Score: 67)
Andrew Shuck (Pro)
Net 3rd Place (Score: 65)
John Marino (Pro)
Gross 3rd Place (Score: 67)
Nick Webb (Pro)
Thank you to all of those who supported us and this very special event!
For more information about the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation, please visit: www.carolinas.pga.com/foundation