Griz & Castle Win the Boys & Girls Carolinas Junior PGA Championship

June 17, 2018

Pawleys Island, SC – Johnathan Griz (Hilton Head Island, SC) and Jensen Castle (West Columbia, SC) are the Overall Champions of the 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship in the Boys and Girls divisions held on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2018 at River Club.

Johnathan Griz (Hilton Head Island, SC) won the Boys 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship. After opening the tournament with 4-under-par (68), Griz came out victorious after a 3-under–par (69) final round for a 2-round total of 137 (-7). Griz was one shot back after the first round while Brady Hooks (Clayton, NC) led through day one with a 5-under-par (67). Griz, however, finished birdie-eagle on his final two holes to take the title by one stroke over Dillon Hite (Lexington, SC). Hite, who shot back to back rounds of 69, 138 (-6), closed his final round with 12 straight pars. Walker Jones (Sumter, SC) placed third with a total score of 140 (-4). Both Griz and Hite will represent the Carolinas Section in the 43rd National Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky on July 31- Aug. 3.

Jensen Castle (West Columbia, SC) won the Girls 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship after defeating Katherine Schuster (Kill Devil Hills, NC) in a sudden death playoff.  Castle, who opened the tournament with an even-par (72), claimed the Girls title with a second round 1-under-par (71) for a 2-round total of 143 (-1). Castle ended regulation play knotted with Schuster, who also shot even-par (72) in the first round and 1-under-par (71) in the second round. In the sudden death playoff, Castle edged out Schuster with a birdie on the first hole. In a tie for third at 144 (E), was Anna Morgan (Spartanburg, SC) and Holly McCann (Raleigh, NC). Both Castle and Schuster will advance to the 43rd National Junior PGA Championship representing the Carolinas Section at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky on July 9-12. 

Advancing to National Junior Championship:

Boys:   Champion        Johnathan Griz             Hilton Head Island, SC              68-69 137 (-7)

            Runner-Up       Dillon Hite                     Lexington, SC                           69-69 138 (-6)

Girls:    Champion        Jensen Castle              West Columbia, SC                   72-71 143 (-1)*

            Runner-Up       Katherine Schuster       Kill Devil Hills, NC                     72-71 143 (-1)

                        *Won in Playoff

The Carolina PGA would like to give a special thanks to Thomas VanHoogen, PGA and his staff at River Club for allowing us to host this prestigious junior championship at their facility and for their tremendous hospitality. We would like to thank the players and their families for joining us for the 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship.


Cover holds the lead to win the 54th SignArt NC Open

June 7, 2018

(Kannapolis, NC) – The 54th SignArt NC Open, presented by Mobipaid, is complete. The final round took place on another beautiful day at the Club at Irish Creek with high competition amongst many players.

Amateur Patrick Cover of Cornelius, NC, came out on top with a 54-hole total of 199 (-11), conquering the course all three days. “I just tried to play a competition with myself and tried to see how far in front I could get and see how low I could take it on the course,” said Cover. This fared pretty well for him as he posted three consistent rounds of 66-67-66, holding the lead spot all three rounds.

Cover is a student at UNCW and just had an exciting end to his fourth and final year on the golf team as they won their conference championship. “Now looking forward, this win was a good way to start the summer. I have a lot of big amateur events that I’m getting ready for. I’m just trying to get ready for professional golf,” says Cover when looking forward at what is to come for his golf career. This win was definitely a great way to jumpstart his journey to playing professional golf.

Cover finished 4 shots ahead of our low Professional of the tournament, Matt Vick of Pinehurst, NC, who came to the clubhouse with a total score of 203 (-7). Vick fought hard throughout the final round with a very clean scorecard reading 66 (-4). Finish tied for third at 202 (-6) were PGA Professionals, Matt Bova of Bluffton, SC, and Cory Schneider of Powells Point, NC, and PGA Associate Tommy Gibson of Mount Airy, NC. Great playing by all competitors and congratulations to our winner!

Thank you to the whole staff and volunteers at Irish Creek for their hospitality and support throughout the event. This was the ninth straight year to host the event here and it could not have gone better.

On Monday, the tournament’s annual Pro-Am event was held, this year presented by Choate Construction and benefitting the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation. 16 teams came out to support the Section’s Foundation and have some fun on the course. Thanks to the NC Open’s presenting partner, Mobipaid, people were able to easily take a picture of a QR Code and donate immediately in return for some very desirable mulligans on the course. The event was able to raise nearly $10,000 for PGA REACH Carolinas! We extend a huge thank you all the partners who supported the event. We were also fortunate to have the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Charlotte/Salisbury Chapter’s Lead Instructor, Ryan Brickley, host a team of himself and three (3) veterans that participate in his HOPE program. “Big smiles and big fun,” was had by all as Neal Green, a Vietnam War U.S. Navy Seal, joyously said. Green is leagally 75% blind. The joy and excitement exuding from the veterans throughout the day was inspiring and humbling.

If you are interested in joining in sharing the game of golf with youth, veterans, and diverse populations all over the Carolinas, share or retweet the donation post on the Carolinas PGA or Mobipaid Facebook and Twitter pages. As a tournament participant, you will also be eligible to win $1,000!

The 54th SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event.  Additionally, PGA Members' scores count toward the True Temper CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy, which recognizes the best scoring average for the season.


Faraci Holds Lead to Win the 67th South Carolina Open

May 24, 2018

(Hilton Head, SC) – Amateur, Jack Faraci, of Long Island, NY, came out on top to win the 67th South Carolina Open, presented by Yamaha and Mobipaid. Faraci dominated the Devil’s Elbow South Course at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, SC for the 54-hole event.

Faraci posted three low rounds for the tournament, taking the lead in the second round. As an incoming senior at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, he has played in many competitive events. “The course set up really well for me all three days,” says Faraci. When thinking forward for what he has planned in the next few months, this win is only a light at a beginning for him. “It’s going to be a good summer.” Faraci won another event at Moss Creek recently, so he is very familiar with this track, which was evident from this win.

Following the first round, Faraci was in a comfortable spot at even-par and tied for sixth place. The second round was a turning point when he posted an under-par round of 68 (-4), putting him in the first-place position. While he “had a rocky start,” to the round today, he held his lead in the end. There were many players chasing the lead during the third round. PGA Associates, Ben Lee, of Statesboro, GA, and Tommy Gibson, of Mount Airy, NC, tied for second place and took the title of the low Professionals in the field. Both came to the clubhouse with a 54-hole total of 213 (-3). Close behind was Jeff Wells, PGA of Wilmington, NC, with a score of 214 (-2), not wavering from the top of the leaderboard any of the three days.  Special recognition goes out to Aaron Black, PGA, of Charlotte, NC, who posted our lowest round of the tournament, with a score of 67 (-5) and finished tied for fifth at 215 (-1).

Our third round winner of the hole #5 Yamaha Closest to the Hole competition was Taisuke Ono (a) of Charlotte, NC. Taisuke received a $75 gift card from Yamaha for his great shot. Congratulations to all of our winners of this competition throughout the three rounds.

The Carolinas PGA sincerely thanks the whole staff at Moss Creek for their support and hospitality. A special thank you goes to Director of Golf, Tom Logue, PGA, and his whole team for their support and the wonderful volunteers that were there to assist with numerous aspects of the operation.

The South Carolina Open is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event.  Additionally, PGA Members' scores count toward the True Temper CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy.  Both contests can be seen online here.