Decision Day for 2016 CPGA Section Awards
It's a big day at CPGA HQ! The Carolinas PGA Section Awards Committee meets today to discuss and determine our 2016 winners. This year's committee is headed up by senior chairman, Mike Harmon and co-chaired by Carolinas PGA President, John Marino and Carolinas PGA Honorary President, Chad Newton, and comprised of the ten Section Award Winners from 2015.
*This year's winners will be notified on or around December 1 and publicly announced following this date
(only once all winners have been successfully contacted).*
Gus Ulrich, PGA Earns Spot in 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship
Congratulations to Carolinas PGA Professional, Gus Ulrich (Whispering Pines, NC), who recently earned himself a spot in the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Gus was one of 264 players who competed in the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship (Presented by GolfAdvisor & Mercedes-Benz) at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on November 17-20. He tied for 7th place with a four round playing total of 280 (-8), earning a spot in the top 35 who will advance to next year’s Senior PGA Championship. He posted scores of 68, 70, 70 and 72 finishing just behind Mike Northern of Colorado Springs. For finishing in the top 15, Gus also receives enough points to earn the title as the 2016 Carolinas PGA Tommy Card Senior Player of the Year. Gus captured the title of Carolinas PGA Senior Professional Champion at the CPGA Senior Championships held at Daniel Island Club in July. He is currently Director of Instruction at Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst and Golf Coach at Sandhills Community College.
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CPGA Professionals Head to 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship
Good morning and good luck to our members playing in the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship, which kicks off today at the Wanamaker Course in Port Saint Lucie! Pictured L to R: Tony Branham, Neal Lancaster, Mitch Adams, Gus Ulrich, Rick Lewallen, Robert Linville, Michael Hutcheon, Doug Weaver. You can follow along with play using the LIVE PGA Leaderboard that currently lives at the top of our website's homepage. Best of luck, you guys!
Carolinas PGA Officers Attend 100th PGA Annual Meeting in NYC
Carolinas PGA President John Marino, Vice President Paige Cribb, Secretary Bob Byrnes and Executive Director Jeff Abbot represented the Section at the 100th PGA of America Annual Meeting in New York City last week. It was an action packed centennial celebration featuring 50 year PGA member Jack Nicklaus as the keynote speaker. District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s bid to become the next secretary came up short, as Jim Richerson, the General Manager of Whistling Straits, prevailed over Murphy and North Florida PGA’s Russ Libby. Highlights included Paul Levy being sworn in as the 40th President, Cary Cozby (Southern Hills CC of Tulsa, OK) receiving the PGA’s Golf Professional of the Year, Carolinas PGA Past National Presidents Gary Schall, Will Mann and Roger Warren leading the Past Presidents Forum and Derek Sprague’s Outgoing Presidents Dinner. CLICK HERE for more information on the annual meeting.
Rick Murphy's Bid to Become Next PGA Secretary Comes Up Short
Outgoing District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s campaign to become Secretary of the PGA of America came to an end last week at the PGA’s Centennial Annual Meeting in New York City. It was a hard fought election won by Jim Richerson of the Wisconsin Section over Murphy and Russ Libby of the North Florida PGA.
Murphy issued the following statement after Friday’s election: “I am honored to have been afforded the chance to campaign for PGA of America Secretary in the PGA’s Centennial Year. The opportunity to run alongside candidates like Russ Libby and Jim Richerson was a truly humbling and insightful experience. I congratulate Jim and look forward to the future as we work together to grow this great game while serving our members. I will continue to share my knowledge and expertise from my experience as a PGA District Director, Carolinas PGA Board Member, PGA Teaching Professional, business owner and mentor for golfers young and old as I strive to make the most beneficial and positive contributions to the sport we all know and love. Let this serve as a reminder to all of my PGA friends, family and colleagues that, no matter how you serve your association, your local golf community, or the industry as a whole, your commitment to the game of golf is appreciated, valued and makes a difference. Thank you all for your support and efforts to join me on this journey.”
Murphy spent countless hours the past year on the campaign trail, and we all owe Rick and his campaign team a big thank you for their efforts to better our Association. For more election coverage, CLICK HERE.
OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion
Chris Haarlow, PGA (Precision Golf School - Greensboro, NC)
Way to go, Haarlow! Congrats to Cubs fan and OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion 2016. Go ahead and celebrate those wins!
Scariest Holes on the PGA TOUR
Happy Halloween! Check out these scariest holes on the PGA TOUR - a few of which are right here in the Carolinas!
Happy Birthday Peggy Kirk Bell!
Our 44th Hall of Fame Inductee, Peggy Kirk Bell, turns 95 today. Wishing her the happiest of birthdays!
Stuart Clark Heads to Assistant PGA Professional Championship
We're wishing the best of luck to Stuart Clark at the Assistant PGA Professional Championship this week in Port St. Lucie! Stuart qualified for the PGA of America tournament by winning the Carolinas PGA National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship in August at River Run Country Club.