PGA Jr League Section Qualifier
August 13, 2018 - Columbia Country Club
PGA Jr. League Section Qualifier - Columbia Country Club
Today kicked off the second Carolinas PGA Jr. League Section Qualifier at Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, SC. There were a total of 12 teams competing with hopes of advancing to the Section Championship. Team Cleveland County (Captain: Kevin Britt, PGA) took 2nd place with a total score of 106. The score of 104 during the afternoon wave would take the victory and that team was the Hilton Head League (Captain: Monica Franklin, PGA). One of the pairings within the Raleigh 3 League shot the low round of the day with a -2 under par! (Players: Tripp Hedden and Michael Gavin).
Captain Franklin stated “I am so proud of these players. Now time to celebrate a birthday." One of the players on the winning team earned a great birthday present with this win and the team was excited to continue to celebrate afterwards. Franklin and her team will advance to the PGA Section Championship at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club on August 22, 2018. We want to thank Tom Mason, Chris Sparrow, and the Columbia Country Club staff for hosting such a wonderful event! Who will win the PGA Jr. League Section Championship!
Jerry Haas Holds Lead to Win 94th Carolinas Open
August 9, 2018
(Greensboro, NC) – The final round of the 94th Carolinas Open at Starmount Forest Country Club is complete. It was a beautiful day for the 60 players who made the cut to compete for the title at this prestigious event.
PGA Professional, Jerry Haas, the head golf coach of Wake Forest, has come out on top and won our longest running CPGA major event. Haas held the lead all three days and had a great jumpstart to the event, shooting 8-under-par in the first round of play. While he shot even-par in the second round, it still kept him ahead of the field with the trophy in sight. Today, the mindset to “get off with a great start,” proved successful for him as he did just that and kept it up for the entirety of the round to finish at 11-under-par for the 54-hole event. When reflecting on his final round, Haas said “I was trying not to get ahead of myself and I did a pretty good job with that.” With some special mojo on the field from his uncle, Bob Goalby’s, win in the 1958 Greensboro Open on this course, Haas stretched ahead of the field and never turned back. “It was my week.”
Coming alone in second place was Amateur Tripp Summerlin, of Summerfield, NC, who shot even-par today to stay towards the top of the leaderboard and finish three back from Haas at 8-under for the three rounds. Three players finished tied for third at 6-under-par. PGA Professional Matt Vick of Pinehurst, NC, Gus Ulrich of Whispering Pines, NC, and Cory Schneider of Powells Point, NC all share that spot ahead of the field. Vick shot the low round of the day, 5-under-par, to move up in the field by 21 spots. Ulrich kept his momentum going from yesterday’s hole-in-one and played a steady round. Schneider moved up three spots in the field, shooting 1-under today.
Congratulations to Paul Slomkowski of Colfax, NC, for winning our closest-to-the-hole competition, hitting it to 2’5” on hole #3! Thanks to our supporting partner, Under Armour, for making this possible and giving our winner a free pair of shoes! Great shot, Paul!
The Carolinas Open is the oldest professional golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted since 1923 when the Carolinas PGA Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC. Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history have won the championship including Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum. 167 of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina are competing for the title. The 94th Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T 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.
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!