PGA REACH Carolinas Welcome the New Prokope Academy through the Leadership of Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst Resort Opens Their Door to More Juniors in the North Carolina

Pinehurst, NC (August 2021) – PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation is a proud supporter of the new Prokope Academy in Pinehurst, NC. Through the leadership of the team at Pinehurst Resort, the Prokope Academy was formed. Prokope is a Greek word that means advancing past obstacles. This characterizes the Prokope Academy’s desire to see minority teenagers advance in golf, cut past obstacles in life, and create a clearer path to a successful future.

Leading this new Prokope Academy are Carolinas PGA Section Professionals Paul McRae, Kelly Mitchum, and Pinehurst Resort member, Stan Cash. The program was established to coach minority youth in golf, life, and relationships through professional golf instructors and life mentors. These Carolinas PGA members and volunteers are focused on seeing these youth succeed.

Since April of 2021, the Prokope Academy has already added eight (8) new boys and girls ranging from 12 to 16 years of age into the game of golf. Paul McRae and Kelly Mitchum have embraced this program and are ecstatic to give back more to their community in the Pinehurst area.

“It has been such a rewarding experience seeing these kids, who really have never tried golf, give the game a chance. We are building relationships that we hope will be a positive influence for years to come,” says Mitchum.

The Prokope Academy is a great way for minority teenagers to become wise decision-makers and develop relationships that could last a lifetime while learning the game of golf.

For more information on the Prokope Academy, please contact


About Pinehurst Resort

A three-time U.S. Open Site. A three-time winner of Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine’s Best Golf Resort in America award. The home of the famed No. 2 golf course. Around the world, Pinehurst is where the American golf story is rooted, and where it continues to flourish. Most know of its modern history – with stories like the Payne Stewart putt that won the 1999 U.S. Open. But locked with its archives are thousands of moments that define each generation for the past 100 years. We are America’s first golf resort, but also world-class tennis, spa, meetings, special events and family destination. Click here to learn more.


About PGA REACH Carolinas

The PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and philanthropic arm of the Carolinas PGA Section, the largest of the 41 sections in the United States of America. Our 2,000 members across North and South Carolina are committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars- Youth, Military, and Inclusion. Click here to learn more.