Vick Holds Lead to be Crowned Champion

Durham, NC (September 26, 2019) – The Carolinas PGA Professional Championship has officially come to a close, a champion has been crowned, and ten CPGA Professionals have been determined to compete in the 53rd PGA Professional Championship held April 26-29, 2020 at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

Matt Vick of Pinehurst No. 7 held on to his lead through the entire final round to be crowned our 2019 CPGA Professional Championship Champion. Following his fired up round of 65 in the second round, Vick was excited but had many thoughts going into the final round. “I’ve never gone into a final round with the lead, so I tried to stay calm all day, take it one shot or putt at a time,” said Vick. “Last year I was right there to win this event so it’s very exciting to come out on top this year.” Shooting 1-under 71 in today’s round, put him at 10-under par for this 54-hole championship to win by two shots.

Vick had a relatively steady round today as he played alongside good friend, Scooter Buhrman, who was only one shot back from Vick going into today’s round. The two were encouraging each other the entire way, while also battling out for the title. Vick never lost the lead during his steady round today. Buhrman finished in outright second at 8-under par as he posted an even-par 72 in his third round. Also finishing towards the top of the leaderboard was Gus Ulrich of Pinewild CC and Cory Schneider of The Pointe Golf Club who finished tied for third at 6-under par for 54 holes.

Ten players have qualified for the PGA Professional Championship taking place next year, along with Cory Schneider who is exempt to the event as he qualified for and competed in the PGA Championship this past May at Bethpage Black. Many important shots were hit and crucial putts made today to round out this top ten. Congratulations to the following players; Matt Vick of Pinehurst No. 7, Scooter Buhrman of Champion Hills Club, Gus Ulrich of Pinewild CC, Steve Scott of The Outpost Club, Josh Webb of Sedgefield CC, Jimmy Flippen of Greensboro National GC, Rohan Allwood of Mid Carolina Club, Rick Morton of Rock Creek G&CC, Tyler Porter of Old Chatham GC, and Mitch Adams of Pinewood CC.

Five alternates have also been determined based on their solid play this week. In order, the Carolinas PGA alternates are Burke Cromer of Northwoods CC, Tommy Gibson of Old Town Club, Kelly Mitchum of Pinehurst Resort, Dale Ketola of Grande Dunes Resort Club, and Scott Hunter of Wexford Golf Club.



The 2019 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship 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.

This event would not be possible without the support of the Presenting Partners for each of the 41 PGA of America Sections’ Professional Championships.
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The CPGA expresses its gratitude to the following Supporting Partners.
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In addition, we thank our Contributing Partners for their involvement.
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About Treyburn Country Club

Taking in the view from Treyburn’s second story veranda, one can easily imagine the land’s past life as a prosperous antebellum plantation. Today, the rolling hills and hardwoods that cradle the course’s 220 acres are home to the Triangle’s original Tom Fazio design. Here you’ll experience golf as it was intended; a challenge to oneself and an escape into nature’s beauty.

Established in 1988 as part of the planned Treyburn master-community, club amenities include an updated fitness center, award-winning tennis courts and a 25-meter pool that satisfy both exercise and leisure. Beyond sports, the elegant club house supports an active social scene where members gather for five-star meals and host guests for special occasions. We pride ourselves in offering a family-friendly setting where healthy, active lifestyles flourish.

About McConnell Golf

McConnell Golf, founded in 2003, is currently the largest owner of private clubs in the region. McConnell Golf’s stable of premier private clubs ( comprised of 12-18 hole, private golf courses, one semi-private and one nine-hole course ) in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee include Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh, N.C., Sedgefield Country Club and The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, N.C., The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C., Old North State Club in New London, N.C., Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C., The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C., The Country Club of Asheville in Asheville, N.C., Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, T.N,; and Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C..

McConnell Golf also manages the prestigious Grande Dunes Members and Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach for LStar Ventures as well as Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, NC. Both properties benefit from McConnell Golf’s expertise in staff and facility management.

Old North State Realty joined the McConnell Golf offering in 2016 and is proud to extend unbeatable real estate values for the luxurious lakeside community. Nestled in the Uwharrie National Forest foothills, one of North Carolina’s top-ranked golf courses (Old North State Club) lies within the Uwharrie Point gates. With unlimited outdoor activities at the club, on the water, or along the trails, exploring has never been so beautiful.

Most recently McConnell Golf signed a 10-year lease with Raleigh Golf Association to manage its 27-hole public facility. Founded in 1929, RGA is the second oldest golf course in the Raleigh area and equally popular among senior, women and junior golfers. Comments John McConnell, “It gives (McConnell Golf) a great opportunity to help grow the game of golf for those who may not be club members or have a regular golf course to play.”

The McConnell Golf values are reflected in the communities we build inside, and outside, club walls. The Footprints on the Green and McConnell Scholars programs are prime examples of our commitment to the future of golf.

About Carolinas PGA

Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities.  Now the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association boasts over 2,000 professional members and represents more than 700 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia.

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, contact Sally Morgan, PGA, Director of Marketing at 336-398-2675 or