Carolinas PGA Names Jerry Hogge as the 49th Inductee
to the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame
GREENSBORO, NC (August 26, 2019) – The Carolinas PGA is honored to announce PGA Professional, Jerry Hogge, as the 49th Inductee into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive group of the finest PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf who have called the Carolinas home. The PGA of America lists 37 characteristics of PGA Professionals including being a motivator, community leader, business manager, accomplished player, trained instructor, counselor, and friend. The Section’s Hall of Fame members have displayed traits such as these over the span of their lives and careers to the benefit of their community and the game of golf at large. These individuals have positively impacted countless lives through professional and personal relationships.
A Virginia native, Jerry Hogge started his career in golf in 1972 at Argyle Country Club as an Assistant Professional. He later went to Lakewood Country Club and in 1975 became Vice President and Director of Golf for the Canaan Valley Golf Resorts soon before pursuing his PGA membership. Hogge began his professional career when he was elected into membership in 1977. Once he earned his membership, he not only spent most of his time as a member in the Carolinas but has solely dedicated his career to the PGA Golf Management Program at Methodist University over the past 32 years.
The PGA Golf Management Program at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC would not be the caliber program it is today if it were not for Mr. Hogge. In 1987, Hogge began his career with the program, taking over as Director and implementing many changes and enhancements through adversity in accreditation and acceptance. Two of his goals when he came to Methodist University 32 years ago were to erect a building to house the program and build a golf course for the PGA students. With inspiration spurred from dissonance in his vision, Hogge established this as his “Field of Dreams.” Developments such as these, along with many other personal and professional development models for his students, Hogge’s perseverance and persistence led the program to its accreditation by the PGA of America in 1999.
At the Section level, Jerry Hogge is a multi-award winner, earning the 1999 Carolinas PGA Horton Smith Award for his efforts and “outstanding contributions in the area of developing and improving education opportunities for the PGA Professional.” In 2001 he earned the Carolinas PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, given annually to a PGA Professional who has “distinguished themselves by mentoring fellow PGA Professionals, contributions to their community and to local charitable organizations, and overall promotion of the game of golf and the Association.” Subsequently, Hogge won the National PGA of America Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2002.
National Committees have had the honor of having Hogge serve with them over many years. From 2002-2004, Hogge served on the National Education Committee. Following this, from 2004-2006, he served as a National Education Task Force member. From 2007-2008, Hogge served on the National Employment Committee and Council. His dedication to committees in these spaces confirms his belief that “employment and education are the foundations of any profession.”
Hogge is described in many words by those he has encountered and impacted throughout his career. Descriptors include mentor, colleague, teacher, leader, father, grandfather, friend – the list goes on. As a faith-based man, Hogge leads by example and has a servant heart that has shone through for many years. With over 1,100 graduates to come out of the golf program, his impact has multiplied across the industry. In the community, Hogge’s reach is vast. He has served as a Sunday School teacher for 28 years and when he is not spending time with PGA professionals, students, or parents, the Shoebox Ministry for Samaritan’s Purse is one of his true joys.
As a humble servant to his Section, Association, and community for over 42 years, Hogge is very deserving of this honor. The timing could not be more perfect as Hogge transitioned from his 32 years of service as Director of his prized PGA Golf Management program to Director Emeritus, appointed by the University. Describing his own leadership ability as “inspiring students and my fellow PGA professionals by being committed to education and change,” he has certainly lived this out. For his numerous contributions to the game, the Carolinas PGA is honored to welcome such an outstanding PGA Professional as the 49th Inductee into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame.
Hogge will be inducted into the CPGA Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Greensboro Country Club – Irving Park. This ceremony will take place during the Club Car CPGA Awards & Honors Dinner where the Section annually celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding CPGA Professionals.
About the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame
The Carolinas PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame was established to enshrine PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf and recognize their significant, enduring, accomplishments and contributions to the game and the Association, which are judged to be of historical significance.
Other Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame members include:
2019 – Jerry Hogge
2018 – Bobby Howard
2016 – Ron Schmid
2015 – Ed Ibarguen
2014 – Charles “Chip” E. King
2013 – Peggy Kirk Bell
2012 – Grover Bullin
2011 – John Derr
2010 – Mike Harmon
2009 – Jim Westbrook
2008 – Terry Florence
2007 – Bob Boyd and Rod Myers
2002 – Bill Clemmer and Will Mann
2001 – Hamp Auld and Gene Hamm
2000 – D. Sherrill Austin and Norman Flynn
1999 – Henry Poe and Bruce Sudderth
1998 – Jim Ferree and Don Padgett
1997 – Joe Davis and Roger Watson
1996 – Buck Adams and E. Harvie Ward
1995 – Gary Schaal and Luke Veasey
1994 – Tommy Card, Joe Cheves, and Palmer Maples
1993 – Ed Bullock, Charles Farlow, Al Goodrich, Melvin Hemphill, and Randy Glover
1992 – Aubrey Apple, Sr.
1991 – Joe Ellis Maples
1985 – Grant Bennett, J. Fairley Clark, and Orville White
1984 – Jimmy D’Angelo
1983 – Purvis Ferree and Clayton Heafner
1982 – Johnny Palmer
1981 – Dugan Aycock, Henry Picard, and Donald Ross
About the Carolinas PGA Section
Established in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association has grown to be the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections with over 2,000 professional members. The Carolinas PGA Section embraces North and South Carolina, as well as a small portion of southern Virginia, with more than 600 golf facilities. The Carolinas PGA is dedicated to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities. PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions, which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more. For more information, please visit carolinas.pga.com. You can also find the Carolinas PGA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Media Contact: Sally Morgan, PGA, Carolinas PGA, 336-398-2675, email@example.com