Belfair Golf Club kicks off the 2019 PGA PNC

April 19

From left: James Swift, PGA - Director of Golf, Belfair; Bob Elliott – 2019 PGA Professional Championship Tournament Co-Chair for Belfair;
Paige Cribb, Carolinas PGA President; Suzy Whaley, PGA Vice President;
John Kauzlarich, PGA - Head Golf Professional, Belfair; and Ken Kosak, PGA - GM/COO Belfair and 2019 PGA PPC Tournament Co-Chair for Belfair.


Bluffton, SC - It was a great day at Belfair Golf Club where PGA of America Vice President, Suzy Whaley, PGA, and our CPGA Section President, Paige Cribb, PGA, helped kick off the year countdown until the 2019 PGA Professional Championship. Many volunteers for the Championship gathered for a clinic hosted by Whaley.

"Suzy is the consummate golf professional. Having the opportunity to share the Volunteer Member kickoff clinic with her was fun, entertaining and I learned a few things, too. The staff mentioned the signups for volunteers exceeded their goals for the event," said Carolinas PGA President, Paige Cribb, PGA. 

The goal of the kickoff event was to spread the word about the tournament which is host to the nation's best PGA Professionals competing for a chance to play in the PGA Championship. On behalf of the Section, Cribb states "We are excited and honored about our Section and Belfair Golf Club hosting the PGA Professional Championship in 2019. The facility is spectacular."




CPGA Monthly Top 3 Highlight

The Section is excited to begin a Monthly Top 3 spotlight to highlight great work that our Professionals are doing in their respective jobs and facilities. We hope you can use this as a tool to better various aspects of your facility such as increasing rounds, increasing merchandise revenue, growing junior programs, increasing charitable programming, and more!

The individuals will be chosen on a "nomination" basis. You are permitted to nominate yourself or anyone else you feel is deserving of this spotlight. Both Members and Associates are eligible for nomination. Once individuals are nominated, the CPGA Section staff will evaluate the nominations and chose the best practices to highlight. We will highlight a top practice along with two other programs or practices to include as more information for other Professionals to benefit from.

The first CPGA Top 3 Highlight will be included in the newsletter on Tuesday, May 1. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 27 by 5pm. All nominations are to include the nominee's name, facility, Member classification, and a description of the best practice that has helped bring success to the facility. Please include a headshot and 1-2 photos that may showcase the best practice.

All nominations are to be submitted to CPGA Director of Marketing, Sally Morgan, PGA.
With any questions, please contact Sally at 336.398.2675


24th Tar Heel Cup Matches Complete


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Event: 24th Annual Tar Heel Cup Matches
Host Site:  River Landing (River Course), Wallace, NC
Playing Dates: April 2-3, 2018

24th Tar Heel Club Matches
Final Results

WALLCE, NC (April 3, 2018) – Final Results of the 24th Tar Heel Cup Matches hosted by River Landing in Wallace, NC on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Related: Championship Website | Hole-by-hole Scoring | Photo Gallery

The North Carolina Amateurs defeated the North Carolina Professionals 7 Points to 5 Points to win the 24th Tar Heel Cup Matches.  Chris Cassetta from High Point, NC drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to secure the Cup and clinching point for the Amateurs.  The Amateurs led after Four-Ball Matches 2.5-1.5 and secured 4.5 points in Singles Matches to win.

Two teams of the best playing amateurs and PGA Professionals from the state of North Carolina met for the 24th time in a friendly team match play event called the "Tar Heel Cup."  River Landing Country Club located in Wallace, NC is hosting this event for the fourth time on its River Course.

For the fifth time since 2012, the CGA Amateur team won the cup from the Professionals, and have held the cup for six of last seven years.


Monday’s Four-Ball Results

Match 1: (Professionals) Cory Schneider & Larry George def. (Amateurs) Chad Wilfong & Jeremy Ray, 1 up
Match 2: (Amateurs) Daniel Neveu & David Gies def. (Professionals) Charles Frost & Josh Webb, 7 & 5
Match 3:
 (Amateur) Justin Tereshko & Kevin O’Connell def. (Professionals) Scooter Buhrman & Matt Vick, 2 & 1                      
Match 4: (Professionals) Chris Haarlow & John Faidley and (Amateurs) Tim Driver & Chris Cassetta, Halved

Tuesday’s Singles Results

Match 1: (Professional) Cory Schneider and (Amateur) David Gies, Halved
Match 2:
 (Amateur) Kevin O’ Connell def. (Professional) John Faidley, 1 up
Match 3:
 (Professional) Charles Frosh def. (Amateur) Justin Tereshko, 3 & 2
Match 4:
 (Professional) Matt Vick def. (Amateur) Chad Wilfong, 2 up
Match 5:
 (Professional) Larry George def. (Amateur) Daniel Neveu, 3 & 2
Match 6:
 (Amateur) Tim Driver def. (Professional) Josh Webb, 4 & 3
Match 7:
 (Amateur) Chris Cassetta def. (Professional) Scooter Buhrman, 3 & 2
Match 8:
 (Amateur) Jeremy Ray def. (Professional) Chris Haarlow, 8 & 6

The first team with 6½ points wins the Tar Heel Cup.  The PGA Professionals now hold an all-time lead of 14-7-3.

Both the Carolinas PGA and the Carolinas Golf Association extend their sincere thanks to the members and staff of River Landing for their incredible hospitality.

About River Landing Country Club
The coastal plains of North Carolina are the beautiful setting of a community where beauty and lifestyle go hand and hand—River Landing.

River Landing is a private, gated, residential golf community covering over 1,700 unspoiled acres on the banks of the northeast Cape Fear River in Wallace, NC.  An easy 35 minute drive from historic Wilmington and just an hour and 15 minutes south of Raleigh, NC, we represent the best of North Carolina’s beauty, weather and recreation. And the cost of living here? Very attractive!

Our championship golf courses are world-class, and are complemented by our state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Center. Here residents enjoy secure surroundings featuring scenic walking, hiking and nature trails, mature, lush landscapes and some of the nation’s best fishing, boating and gardening.

River Landing offers the lifestyle you deserve with the value you demand. Welcome!

About the Carolinas PGA Section
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 nearly 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 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 Liz Muroski, Director of Media and Promotions at 336-398-2742 or

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)
The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.