Carolinas PGA Honored at 62nd PGA Merchandise Show
The Carolinas PGA was recently named one of eight PGA Junior League Golf Regional PGA Sections of the Year by the PGA of America and League Golf for its successful 2014 season and longstanding commitment to junior golf initiatives. The regional PGA Sections of the Year honorees were selected based on the total number of teams, percentage increase in teams from 2013, percentage of PGA facilities participating and their overall involvement in PGA Junior League Golf promotion, recruitment, league assignments and communication.
Each of the eight regional PGA Junior League Golf Sections of the Year saw significant increases in team participation in 2014. The Carolinas Section specifically took top honors in Region 5 (Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky) with 105 teams competing—representing a 135-percent increase from 2013.
The CPGA Section, along with the other regional winners, were honored during the 62nd PGA Merchandise Show for their achievements and dedication to growing the game of golf.
(Pictured: Bob Longmire, PGA Jr. League Golf; Allen Wronowski, PGA Honorary President;
Carolinas PGA Section Announces 2014 Award Winners and Honors
PGA Professionals Recognized for Commitments and Contributions to the Game of Golf
The Carolinas PGA (CPGA) is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Section Awards and Honors, distributed annually by the Carolinas PGA Section, as selected by the Special Awards Committee, to the top 10 deserving Carolinas PGA Professionals. The mission of the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee is to ascertain the most eligible winners in each of the annually awarded categories, which is accomplished by an enthusiastic commitment from each committee member afforded the responsibility of identifying and recognizing his or her peers as exceptional.
Jerry Haas and Tim Straub successfully defended their title as Champions at the 2014 AHEAD / E-Z-GO Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship held at Pinehurst Resort this week in NC. Haas and Straub are the Men's Golf Coaches at Wake Forest University and Davidson College respectively. The duo posted rounds of 62-62-65=189 (-26) to finish six strokes ahead of the competition. This is their third Pro-Pro victory, also having won in 2010.
In the senior contest, the brothers David Thore, a PGA Life Member, and Daniel Thore, a PGA Teaching Professional at Wolf Creek GC, survived a one-hole playoff against Jon Hockaday and Doug Thompson, the PGA Directors of Golf at Anderson Creek GC and Southern Pines GC respectively. Both teams finished tied at 203 (-12). David Thore drained a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to earn the win.
For full recap and results, click here.
A sincere thanks to our title sponsors, AHEAD USA and E-Z GO, as well as additional attending sponsors, for their continued support of this championship, the game of golf, and PGA Professionals abroad.
Cory Schneider Wins Global Golf Sales Par-3 Shootout
L-R: CPGA Executive Director Ron Schmid, Shootout Winner Cory Schneider,
and Global Golf Sales Representatives Scott Jacobs and Jim Hollis
After a season of competition, 20 people qualified for the season-ending Global Golf Sales Par-3 Shootout. All were guaranteed a cash prize and a set of grips compliments of Golf Pride. After four rounds, Cory Schneider, PGA Teaching Professional at The Pointe GC in Powells Point, NC stood alone with the trophy and $1,000.
CPGA Assistants' Association Donates to Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation
The Carolinas PGA Assistants' Association held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, November 24th at the Country Club of Lexington. The meeting focused on reviewing the 2014 season and discussing the future plans and goals of the Association for 2015. The Association also announced its 2014 Player of the Year, Alex Kowalski, PGA of Eagle Point Golf Club and presented its sponsor, The Golf Shop of Wake Forest, with an appreciation plaque.
The highlight of the meeting was presenting a $1,500 donation to the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation, the Association's benefiting charity for the 2014 season. Throughout the year, $5.00 was taken out of every tournament entry fee and put towards this donation for a good cause. The Association was lucky to have Trey Moore, Secretary of the foundation, in attendance to accept the donation.
To learn more about the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation, watch the video below or visit their website at www.scotthannon.com.
Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Announces 2016 Qualifying Schedule
The 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying scheduled was announced today (Monday) for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22.
National Car Rental and the PGA of America Announce Partnership Renewal at 2015 PGA Merchandise Show
s an Official Partner of the PGA of America, National joins a select group of companies that provide significant, broad-based support of the Association, its Championships and membership programs.
PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua to Host Monthly Show on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
The show will focus on the important role that the PGA of America and PGA Professionals play in growing the game and putting on some of the world's most high-profile championships.
Get Golf Ready Introduces Golf to Record Amount of Nearly 99,000 People in 2014; Revenues Exceed Estimated $275 Million
PGA Professionals and facilities are seeing the value of Get Golf Ready as a revenue-generator. Based on facility- estimated participant counts and consumer-estimated spending, the program brought in an estimated $275 million in revenue for the golf industry in 2014.
PGA Player Development Regional Managers Continue to Grow Golf at the Grassroots
Through PDRM efforts, Get Golf Ready experienced a 23 percent increase in combined student participation in facilities the PDRMs engaged with, growing from 19,035 in 2013 to 23,372 in 2014 in these focus markets.
Within facilities and PGA Professionals PDRMs communicated and engaged with, there was a 243 percent increase in the cumulative number of PGA Junior League Golf teams within these markets, growing from 139 teams in 2013 to 477 teams in 2014.
PGA Junior League Golf Celebrates Landmark Year in 2014
PGA Junior League Golf has seen explosive growth since the program launched in 2011. Yearly participation numbers doubled in 2014, growing from nearly 9,000 boys and girls participating on 740 teams in 2013 to 17,500 participants on 1,425 teams.
TruGreen Named Official Lawn Care Provider of the PGA of America and the PGA Championship
The relationship will not only bring shared benefits and education to PGA Professionals and TruGreen associates but also combined support for community-based open space initiatives.