Jerry Haas Holds Lead to Win 94th Carolinas Open

August 9, 2018

(Greensboro, NC) – The final round of the 94th Carolinas Open at Starmount Forest Country Club is complete. It was a beautiful day for the 60 players who made the cut to compete for the title at this prestigious event.

PGA Professional, Jerry Haas, the head golf coach of Wake Forest, has come out on top and won our longest running CPGA major event. Haas held the lead all three days and had a great jumpstart to the event, shooting 8-under-par in the first round of play. While he shot even-par in the second round, it still kept him ahead of the field with the trophy in sight. Today, the mindset to “get off with a great start,” proved successful for him as he did just that and kept it up for the entirety of the round to finish at 11-under-par for the 54-hole event. When reflecting on his final round, Haas said “I was trying not to get ahead of myself and I did a pretty good job with that.” With some special mojo on the field from his uncle, Bob Goalby’s, win in the 1958 Greensboro Open on this course, Haas stretched ahead of the field and never turned back. “It was my week.”

Coming alone in second place was Amateur Tripp Summerlin, of Summerfield, NC, who shot even-par today to stay towards the top of the leaderboard and finish three back from Haas at 8-under for the three rounds. Three players finished tied for third at 6-under-par. PGA Professional Matt Vick of Pinehurst, NC, Gus Ulrich of Whispering Pines, NC, and Cory Schneider of Powells Point, NC all share that spot ahead of the field. Vick shot the low round of the day, 5-under-par, to move up in the field by 21 spots. Ulrich kept his momentum going from yesterday’s hole-in-one and played a steady round. Schneider moved up three spots in the field, shooting 1-under today.

Congratulations to Paul Slomkowski of Colfax, NC, for winning our closest-to-the-hole competition, hitting it to 2’5” on hole #3! Thanks to our supporting partner, Under Armour, for making this possible and giving our winner a free pair of shoes! Great shot, Paul!

The Carolinas Open is the oldest professional golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted since 1923 when the Carolinas PGA Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC.  Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history have won the championship including Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum.  167 of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina are competing for the title.  The 94th Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event.  Additionally, PGA Professionals' scores count toward the CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy Presented by True Temper.