Inaugural PGA REACH Carolinas HOPE Cup

PGA REACH Carolinas HOPE Cup
November 12, 2018 – Pinehurst Resort
80 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst, NC 28374

On this observed Veterans Day holiday (Monday, November 12, 2018), we are proud to host our inaugural PGA REACH - Carolinas HOPE Cup at the Pinehurst Resort. This will be an annual season ending event to showcase the life changing HOPE program for our veterans. We are excited to invite your chapter to join us. We have eleven (11) PGA HOPE programs that will be given the opportunity to compete: Each participating team will be composed of one (1) PGA HOPE Lead PGA Professional and four (4) PGA HOPE Veterans that have graduated through your HOPE program.

Schedule of Events
8:00 AM - 8:40 AM - Teams Arrive, Practice Facility Opens
8:00 AM – Registration will open at the rotunda
8:40 AM- 9:00 AM - Opening Ceremonies will take place where the carts will be staged.

  • 8:40 AM - Moment of Silence and Announcements
  • 8:50 AM - Teams will be shot gunned out to their respective holes

9:00 AM Shotgun Start
- Shotgun start off back 9-holes of Pinehurst No. 1

11:30 PM - 2:00PM – Reception & Lunch
- We will have our award ceremony after everyone finishes their round of golf, lunch and reception will be at the same location as registration. It will be located at the Donald Ross Grill.

Attire: Golf Shirts with collars are required; shorts are permitted for Veterans & Professionals.

5-Man Scramble Format: Each of the 5 players hit from the tee, then the team members choose the best of the five shots and all team members then play the second shot no further than one club length from that location, and again choose the best shot. Play continues in this manner until the hole is completed. The team then records its score and maintains that format for all 9 holes.

-Each player must hit their own ball
- All putts must be finished out
- Shots must be played from the same surface as the original ball (i.e.: If the best shot if in the rough, all five participants must drop with in one club length AND remain in the rough).
- Each team can only use their PGA Professional’s ball once per hole; and can only use a total of six Professional tee shots throughout the 9 holes.

Questions: If you have any questions leading up to the event, please contact Kurt Battenberg, Carolinas PGA Assistant Executive Director at or Jessica Asbury, PGA REACH Carolinas Coordinator at


Mitchum Victorious atĀ OMEGA Carolinas PGA Match Play Championship

October 16, 2018

Bluffton, SC - October 16, 2018 - Kelly Mitchum, PGA has captured the 2018 OMEGA Carolinas PGA Match Play Championship held this week at the beautiful Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina. Tuesday featured the semi-final matches early in the morning followed by the final championship match in the afternoon.

The semi-final matches consisted of PGA Professional Matt Vick of Pinehurst Resort (#1 seed) vs. PGA Professional Aaron Black of Springfield Golf & Country Club (#5 seed) and PGA Professional Kelly Mitchum of Pinehurst Resort (#6 seed) vs. PGA Professional Cory Schneider of The Pointe Golf Club (#2 seed). Both matches were very close and came down to the 17th hole as Vick and Mitchum closed out their matches on the South Course to make it to the finals.

Mitchum got off to a great start in the final match on the front nine of the North Course, coming off of the ninth hole with a 4 up lead on Vick. Mitchum birdied the par 4 tenth hole on the South Course's front nine, and then closed out Vick when he made par on the thirteenth hole after Vick missed his par putt.

Throughout the week, Vick was struggling with an injury that certainly affected him by the end of two days playing 36 holes. "I don't want to take anything away from Kelly at all, he would have been very tough for anyone to beat this week." Mitchum is known for his phenomenal wedge game, and continuously put the ball within 10 feet of the hole when inside 100 yards. Mitchum really credited his driving as a big reason he was able to come away with the victory. "I really drove the ball well this week," said Mitchum after play ended. "I hadn't been driving it very well the past couple years and I really hit it well this week." Mitchum comes away with a $3,000 check for winning this championship.

The Carolinas PGA Section would like to thank the host facility, Berkeley Hall Club for their hospitality and support for this event.  The CPGA would also like to thank title sponsor Omega and supporting sponsors Maui Jim, Heritage CAA and the PGA Tour. 

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Welcome to our new Tournament Coordinator, Ben Weeks

October 8, 2018

The Carolinas PGA is excited to welcome to the team, our new Tournament Coordinator, Ben Weeks! Ben served as an Operations Assistant over the summer months in 2018 and we are excited to bring him on board full-time.

Weeks is a Greensboro native who completed his undergraduate degree as a double major in Economics and Exercise & Sports Science from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He also recently completed his graduate degree at the University of Georgia in Kinesiology.

As Ben transitions into this Tournament Coordinator position, he will take on more traveling responsibilities, supporting the Tournament team on-site with an array of events and other initiatives. Please join us in congratulating Ben for his new position!