PGA Jr League Section Qualifier

August 6, 2018 - Prestonwood Country Club

PGA Jr. League Section Qualifier - Prestonwood Country Club

                Today kicked off the first PGA Jr. League Section Qualifier at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. The weather was perfect and the players made sure to take advantage of the great playing conditions. There were a total of 12 teams competing today with hopes of advancing to the Section Championship.  Team Fayetteville (Captain: Micah Vugrinec, PGA) and Team Raleigh 4 League (Captain: Brian Burgwyn, PGA) would tie for 2nd place with a total score of 98. The score of 98 would hold as the club house leader until Team Raleigh 3 League (Captain: Andy Gregory, PGA) would fire a 94 team total. One of the pairings within the Raleigh 3 League would shoot a -8 under 28! (Players: Daniel McBrien and Nicolas Goellner). Goellner and McBrien high-fived each other as they looked at their score being posted on the scoreboard, realizing they had secured the title.

                Captain Gregory stated “I am so proud of these guys. They worked really hard and it’s good to see it finally pay off." Gregory and his team will advance to the PGA Section Championship at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club on August 22, 2018. Good luck to Captain Gregory and his team as they take on the other top teams in the Section at the Section Championship.  We thank Prestonwood Country Club and their staff for hosting such a great event!


McLaughlin & Brennan Win 2018 Pro-Assistant Championship

July 17, 2018

Wallace, NC – The second and final round of the 2018 Pro-Assistant Championship is complete after another day full of impressive and exciting golf. Other than a brief bit of rain, the players were in luck when some bad weather decided to narrowly miss River Landing to allow for an overall smooth day on the River Course.

The TPC Wakefield Plantation team, Adam McLaughlin and Matt Brennan, tied for the lead with Walnut Creek CC Professional, Clark Rose and Neal Lancaster. Both teams finished at 16-under par after the 36-hole event, taking them to a playoff on the 18 hole. McLaughlin and Brennan held their lead through this playoff when McLaughlin birdied the par-4 while the Rose/Lancaster team made a steady par.

The winning team continued their clean scorecard trend into this second round carding six birdies with the rest pars. Rose and Lancaster were gunning for the title while they played the back nine alone at 6-under par, including an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.

Only one stroke behind these two teams finished the Kiawah Island – Cassique partners, Dylan Thew and Rupe Taylor, at 15-under par. These professionals played consistently day to day, holding that runner-up score to our tied winners in the championship. Alone at 13-under par is the Maple Chase Golf and Country Club team, Sean Branagan and Brad Lubechow.

We yet again held some closest-to-the-hole competitions on three of the par-3’s. While we had three winners, Brent Bowen, Head Professional at Duke University GC, came out on top with a hole-in-one on the 182 yard par-3, 17th. This was Bowen’s first ever hole-in-one and smoothly made one hop and rolled right in the hole. Congratulations and great shot to Brent! Adam Szoke won one of the competitions, yet again, on hole #3, hitting it to 4’9”. Our third winner was Robert Hoadley who hit his shot to 2’7” on hole #10. Great shots by all!

This exciting team event would not be possible without the support from our generous partners. This year’s championship is presented by Yamaha Golf Cars, Greg Norman, PING, and Four County EMC. The event is supported by Global Golf Sales, Kirk & Matz, and Evolve Golf. Thanks to the many company representatives that have come out for the event!

We are also incredibly thankful for the hospitality from Larry George and his entire staff at River Landing. This is the sixth year that they are the host club and are always great to work with!

Click here to view full results >>>


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.