Today is January 24, 2018

Career Corner - October

With PGA Employment Consultant, Michael Mueller


I am writing this month’s article from the CPGA Championship outside Charlotte, and it is always great to see the CPGA community get together for a few days of fun and fellowship. With that in mind, I hope that you have marked your calendars for the Pro –Pro Championship in Pinehurst  at the end of November and CPGA Big Week in February.

In last month’s Career Corner article I wrote about the tools available to you to help quantify and communicate your success stories to your current employer, owner, or Board of Directors. This month, I want to talk about using that information to impress your next employer, and you will do that by updating your resume to more accurately tell your story.

The baseball playoffs are in full swing, and if you watch the games you might hear the statistic WAR (wins above replacement), which essentially is a single statistic used to measure a players value relative to other players. While there is no comparable single measurement in the golf industry that can show your value, your resume is the tool that employers will use to assess your value and make hiring decisions. With that in mind, your resume needs to be the best representation of you, your skills, and your experiences. Does your resume show that you add measurable value to your facility (and can be of value to a new employer)?

To get started, I want you to complete the following exercise. Using your responses from the Golf Operations Executive Summary and Revenue Scorecard, create a list of at least 5 things you have done at your facility that created value this in 2017. Use the following guidelines when creating your list:

  1. Write your success stories using bullet points, as they will appear on your resume
  2. Include numbers and percentages to quantify and bring validity to your stories
  3. Find examples of success from all areas of the operation (instruction, merchandising, tournament participation, etc)
  4. Don’t forget about the positive impact golf has on other departments. Often times your golf programs affect the bottom line of the Membership and Food & Beverage departments in a positive way. Attempt to quantify those also!

The goal of this exercise is to transform your resume from a list of duties to a document that shows value and effectively tells the story of your value to a facility. Don’t let your resume read like a job description!

The PGA offers many other resume tips in the Job Hunters Toolkit on, and I encourage you to read the document for ideas on formatting, critical components of resumes, etc. I also hope that you will send me a copy of your resume for my review. A second set of eyes can often help clean up formatting and catch typos and grammatical errors. I’d be happy to give you my feedback on your resume!

Finally, I will be starting my Winter Road Show in November. Throughout the winter, I will be coming to each Area in the Carolinas PGA to set up individual meetings with PGA Members who want to talk about their careers and discuss your goals. I will be in Charleston (Area 3) on Tuesday, November 14th and in Myrtle Beach (Area 7) on Wednesday, November 15th. Appointments will be limited, so please send me an email at if you would like to meet.


Frost Crowned Carolinas PGA Professional Champion

Complete Results


(Mooresville, NC) – Charles Frost, PGA Head Professional at Old Town Club in Winson Salem, NC has won the 2017 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship. The tournament, hosted by Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte, concluded this afternoon after 54 holes of play began on Tuesday. Frost emerged as the victor after posting rounds of 69, 74 and 70 for a 3-under par total of 213 on the 7,183-yard par 72 Trump National.

With Frost’s victory comes a $9,000 first-place check and two added perks. He earns a spot in the 50th PGA Professional Championship to be held June 17-20, 2018 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, CA. That championship field includes 312 of the best PGA Professional players across the country who will be attempting to finish in the top 20 and earn a bid to the 100th PGA Championship in 2018 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Additionally Frost, as CPGA Professional Champion, will get his choice of an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo or Wyndham Championship. Interestingly, it is very likely that whichever of those he does not choose, he will get into anyway as the 2017 Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year, as he currently leads the points standings. The Player of the Year receives the other PGA Tour exemption, so if Frost wins that award, he would play in both the Wells Fargo & Wyndham Championship.

Along with Frost, eight other Carolinas PGA Professionals qualified for the 50th PGA Professional Championship, as the Carolinas Section received nine total qualifying spots into the field. The nine total professionals are:

·          Charles Frost, PGA

·          Matt Bova, PGA

·          Neal Lancaster, PGA

·          Matt Vick, PGA

·          Josh Webb, PGA

·          Scooter Buhrman, PGA

·          Chris Haarlow, PGA

·          Steve Isley, PGA

·          Andrew Bateman, PGA

Steve Isley, PGA Head Professional at Oak Island Golf Club in Oak Island, NC and Andrew Bateman, PGA Assistant Professional at Congaree in Ridgeland, SC were fortunate enough to earn their spots by surviving a playoff that also involved CPGA Professional and defending champion Savio Nazareth, Assistant Professional at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, NC. Playing the 18th hole for the third time in the playoff, Isley was able to make a 15-foot birdie putt to secure his spot. Moving on to the 1st hole to continue the playoff, both Bateman and Nazareth hit great wedges for their second shots to within ten feet of the hole. Bateman putted first and made it, and then Nazareth unfortunately missed his putt to miss out on a qualifying spot, but will be the first alternate for the Carolinas Section.

The Carolinas PGA would like to thank Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte and their staff and members for hosting our most prestigious championship of the year. We particularly thank PGA Head Golf Professional Jay Mull, Superintendent James Sowers and both their staffs for all their contributions to the event.

The 2017 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship 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.

This event would not be possible without the support of the Presenting Partners for each of the 41 PGA of America Sections' Professional Championships.
    Club Car -
    Mercedes-Benz USA -
    Omega -

The CPGA expresses its gratitude to the following Supporting Partners.
     Titleist / FootJoy -
     TaylorMade / adidas / Ashworth / Adams -
     Golf Advisor -
     PGA Tour -

In addition, we thank a few Contributing Partners for their involvement.
     Winston Collection –
     Global Golf Sales -
     Evolve Golf -
     ProGolfWeather -
     Precise Yardage Books -
     True Temper -


About Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte

Trump National Golf Club Charlotte, designed by Greg Norman, has been described as one of the most spectacular and exciting courses in all of North Carolina. More than two-thirds of the holes play directly along or over the water on this beautiful, diverse course, which presents challenges to golfers of all skill levels. With our exquisite practice facility and highly trained professionals, Trump National is fully equipped to provide members with an elite golf experience.

The accolades speak for themselves...

·          Best Golf Course in the State – American Academy of Hospitality Sciences

·          Best Experience – NC Golf Raters Panel

·          Best Golf Course – Best of the Lake, Current Awards

·          Best Golf Course – Best of Lake Norman, Lake Norman Publications

About Carolinas PGA

Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities.  Now the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association boasts nearly 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia.

PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more.  For more information, contact Liz Muroski, Director of Media and Promotions at 336-398-2742 or


PGA Professional Championship Kicks Off in Charlotte

Presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, & Omega


The Carolinas PGA Professional Championship [Presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, and Omega] kicks off today at Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, NC with a field of over 100 competitors. The event, originally scheduled to take place in mid-September at Sea Pines Resort, was forced to be rescheduled following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Trump National GC - Charlotte was kind enough to open their doors on short notice and host the Section's most prestigious tournament.  

Stay tuned right here and on our social media channels for updates as they happen. Best of luck to all of our players who are competing this week!

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