102nd PGA Annual Meeting


Palm Springs, CA - Last week, Carolinas PGA Leadership traveled across the country to attend the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting. Many impactful initiatives were discussed among all 41 Sections' delegates including governance adjustments, the PGA's new contract with ESPN & CBS, and new approaches to teaching and developing golfers. Professionals gathered to honor the 2018 National Award winners, recognize Paul Levy's dedication as President to our Association over the past two years, and ended the week with inducting the PGA's first female President and electing a new PGA Secretary.

The Carolinas Section has had the privilege of supporting PGA Professional, Rick Murphy, in his campaign efforts for PGA of America Secretary over the past year. Murphy's campaign of Onefor41 was geared towards sending a message of Rick's commitment to intentionally serve each of the 41 sections while being attentive to their unique needs. This resonated with many section leaders, as his emphasis on creating the greatest value for the lives and careers of all PGA Members was a very personal message. His drive towards more transparency for the Association was refreshing and he placed a focus on two-way communication and mutual respect. He has shown his authentic passion for the association through these efforts and we are very proud of Rick's ongoing dedication and desire to serve the member and grow the game. Although he runner-up in this year's election to Michigan PGA Professional, John Lindert, we have been honored to support such a great leader in our Section throughout his campaign.


Carolinas Leaders in attendance: Paige Cribb, PGA (President), Bob Byrnes, PGA (Vice President), Chris Byrd, PGA (Secretary), John Marino, PGA (Honorary President), Jeff Abbot (Executive Director), Rick Murphy, PGA, Jim Deaton, PGA (Onefor41 Campaign Manager), Mike Mueller, PGA (Carolinas Career Consultant), Ed Ibarguen, PGA, Marc Isaacson (NC Legal Counsel), Zack Veasey (Past District 10 Director). Not pictured Michael Pius (PGA Lead) & Ken Kosak (Belfair).


PGA HOPE Carolinas

Training Session at Duke University Golf Club

Durham, NC – Local men and women PGA Professionals met at Duke University Golf Club to attend a PGA HOPE training session on November 5. PGA Master Professional and National HOPE Instructor Trainer, Judy Alvarez delivered education to twenty-eight Carolinas PGA Professionals that included both indoor and outdoor sessions. The education began with an introduction to the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) initiative and covered topics such as: Role of the PGA Professional, Defining Disability/Handicaps, Sensitivity Training, Available Adaptive Equipment, Methods of Modified Swings, and concluded with an outdoor hands-on module. “It’s not your side of the ball that matters, it’s theirs,” reminded Alvarez.

On average, 22 men and women veterans commit suicide each day. Many veterans suffer from a variety of physical and mental injuries and have difficulty returning to civilian life.  There are approximately half a million US veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The goal of PGA HOPE is to provide a positive, therapeutic environment that builds self-esteem, confidence and gets our veterans outside. Each PGA Professional in attendance received a copy of Broken Tees and Mended Hearts by Judy Alvarez, PGA and is now qualified to instruct at any of the eight PGA REACH Carolinas HOPE chapters across North and South Carolina.

For more information about PGA REACH Carolinas or PGA HOPE, please contact the Carolinas Section office  at (336) 398-2742 or 


2018 Club Car Pro-Official Championship presented by Stich Golf

October 29, 2018

JOYCE & WORSLEY BRING HOME PRO-OFFICIAL (Wilmington, NC) - The team of Brian Joyce, PGA and Cecil Worsley are the 2018 Club Car Carolinas PGA Pro-Official Presented by Stitch Golf Champions. The 18-hole championship was held on Joyce and Worsley’s home course, Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina. The field consisted of 61 two-person teams made up of Carolinas PGA Professionals and an Official from their home club or facility. The format was four-ball (better-ball) net, with the team taking the best score between the professional’s gross score and the official’s net score of each hole.

Brian Joyce, the PGA Head Professional at Eagle Point Golf Club, teamed up with Cecil Worsley who serves as Eagle Point’s Finance Chair. They carded 7 birdies and finished on 18 with a net eagle from Worsley to lead in the clubhouse at 63 (-9) after the morning wave of starting times. The team of Larry George, PGA and Terry Tate from River Landing Country Club came in from the afternoon wave with a matching 63. Because of the two waves of starting times, any tie was to be broken by the USGA scorecard tie-breaking method. After comparing the back nines, final 6 holes, and final 3 holes, both teams were still tied. It came down to the 18th hole to break the tie, where Worsley made a net eagle that ended up bringing home the title for the team from Eagle Point Golf Club.

The championship featured many partners of the Carolinas PGA Section providing the competitors with tee gifts, including Club Car, Stitch Golf, Evolve Golf, Orange Whip, Merchant Services, Ltd., and Teemark. There were also quite a few closest-to-the-hole contests put on by each of them, as well as a par-3 contest on the 9-hole par 3 course at Eagle Point. Below are the results of those contests:

Closest-to-the-Pin #2 (Teemark): Chase Godwin & Scott Dawson, 6 feet
Closest-to-the-Pin #5 (Merchant Services, Ltd): Brian Joyce & Cecil Worsley, 2 feet
Closest-to-the-Pin #10 (Club Car): Frank Maynard & Greg Thoyre, 1 foot 5 inches
Closest-to-the-Pin #15 (Orange Whip): Nick Jacobi & Gary Parks, 5 feet 11 inches

Par-3 Contest
1st – Barry Pierce & Paul Clark (-5): $500.00
2nd – Savio Nazareth & Brian Dancy (-4): $400.00
T-3rd – Sean Branagan & Sutton Slawter (-3): $120.00
T-3rd – Paul Dickens & Brian Gauley (-3): $120.00
T-3rd – Cory McEwen & Gaines Wright (-3): $120.00
T-3rd – Jason Gentel & Mike Crawford (-3): $120.00
T-3rd – Larry George & Terry Tate (-3): $120.00

The Carolinas PGA would like to thank PGA Director of Golf Billy Anderson, PGA Head Professional Brian Joyce, and all the Eagle Point Golf Club staff for their hospitality in hosting this great event. The Carolinas PGA also thanks its many partners of this event listed below.


Club Car – www.ClubCar.com.  Club Car presented the par-3 contest as an additional way for competitors to enjoy their day at Eagle Point Golf Club, provided the winners with a garment bag from Stitch Golf, and provided the winning team of the closest-to-the-pin contest on hole #10 with $100.


Stitch Golf – www.StitchGolf.com.  Each competitor received a tote pack and a golf shirt.


Evolve Golf – www.evolvegolf.com.  Evolve conducted a “Total Driving” challenge on hole #12 (results TBD). They also gave each competitor a pair of Carolinas PGA logoed socks.

Orange Whip Golf – www.orangewhipgolf.com.  Each competitor received their choice of an Orange Whip trainer, Orange Whip putter, or Orange Whip wedge. They also conducted a closest-to-the-pin contest on hole #15 where the winners received more training items.

Teemark – www.TeeMark.com.  Each competitor received a personalized bottle opener.  Additionally, they conducted a closest-to-the-pin contest for bottles of wine.

Merchant Servies, Ltd. – www.merchantservicesltd.com.  Provided the closest-to-the-pin contest winners on hole #5 with $150.


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