Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Championship
Registration is open for our most highly anticipated event of the season - The Club Car CPGA Pro-Official Championship presented by Greg Norman Collection and Dunning Golf. The tournament takes place at Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, NC on June 22. Registration deadline is June 11. For more information and to register, please visit this link.
Jerry Haas holds his own at Senior PGA Championship
Jerry Haas tees off from No. 1 at the Senior PGA Championship: PGA PHOTO
Jerry Haas didn’t have his good-luck charm with him at the 76th Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana.
Instead, Haas played nine holes with his good-luck charm last Monday – his 10-year-old son Kyle, in preparation for the Senior PGA Championship. Before leaving for the tournament he got in a quick nine holes. It’s something that Haas says he does a lot with his son before the few tournaments he plays in.
Haas, the men’s golf coach at Wake Forest, not only held his own playing with the best players in the world who are 50 and older he was comfortable in his surroundings. He shot a 2-over 74 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 17th and was the low club professional.
“I'll be real honest, I played really nice golf,” Haas told reporters after his round on Sunday. “…I'm excited to be here, I'm happy to be here. I love playing the game of golf and I'm honored to be able to still be a good player at (age) 51 and representing the PGA club pros.”
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Jerry Haas and Lee Rinker pace PGA Professionals after first round at French Lick
"Wake Forest University men’s golf coach Jerry Haas and Lee Rinker of Jupiter, Florida, each matched 1-over-par 73s to share the lead among a 41-member PGA Club Professional delegation competing Thursday in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid."
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Happy Memorial Day
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CPGA Enriches Section with Promotion of Three Staff Members
The Carolinas PGA Section is excited to announce the promotions of three of its current staff members, Kurt Battenberg, PGA, Cory Armstrong and Mike Whitenack.
||Kurt Battenberg, PGA, Director of Operations and Finance now assumes the role of Assistant Executive Director of Operations and Finance. “I am honored to be named an Assistant Executive Director and I am proud of Cory and Mike for their promotions. It is great to be a part of the Carolinas PGA team,” says Battenberg, who began work with the CPGA in November 2011.
||Cory Armstrong, Tournament Director, now serves as Assistant Executive Director of Tournaments and Business Development. Prior, Armstrong also held titles of Tournament Official and Senior Tournament Official. “I’ve spent the majority of my professional career with the Carolinas PGA. I came as a 25-year-old (with a full head of hair) ready to serve the Membership of the Section and the game of golf at large, and I’ve enjoyed every day. After 11+ years, I’m still humbled and excited to be a part of the CPGA and its leadership,” says Armstrong, who’s been with the organization since January 2004.
||Mike Whitenack, Senior Tournament Official, will assume the position of Assistant Tournament Director. “I am pleased to receive this promotion and look forward to continuing to be a contributing member of the best PGA Section tournament team in the country,” says Whitenack, who joined the team in June 2010.
“Each of these individuals has made great strides in the Section over the years and have all earned advancements in their respective fields and beyond,” says Ron Schmid, PGA, Carolinas PGA Executive Director. “I can say with confidence they will continue to make the Carolinas PGA Section the best that it can be in their elevated roles.”
Staff members assume these new roles effective immediately. For more information, please contact the Section directly.
2015 PGA National Scholarship Winners Announced
Twelve granted monies within Carolinas PGA Section
The PGA of America recently selected its 2015 National PGA Scholarship Section winners and we are thrilled to announce that 12 CPGA-affiliated students were selected to receive National Scholarships. The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of a PGA member. Since its inception, this program has awarded $5.7 million to 2,808 students.
This year, a total of 128 scholarships ($301,000 in total monies) were awarded, including a total of 65 high school scholarships and 63 college scholarships. Eligible candidates were those with an average GPA of 3.75 (High School: 3.73 Average GPA; College: 3.77 Average GPA). There were a total of 504 applicants, 352 of which were eligible (High School: 166; College: 186). Six winners from both the high school and college categories, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding.
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CPGA Members to Compete in 76th Senior PGA Championship
The 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid takes place this week (May 21-24, 2015) at French Lick (Indiana) Resort! Two of our members earned spots in this event through their finish in the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
Jerry Haas, PGA – Winston Salem, NC
Rick Lewallen, PGA – Kannapolis, NC
Both have already made their way up to French Lick are receiving a warm welcome. Rick Lewallen, PGA received welcome letters this week from Springs Valley Elementary students, Ryker and Cole. Rick visited the school to thank them with an autographed golf ball and tickets for each boy to the Championship. He also returned their letters, which he autographed. The surprise was an exciting one for the boys, especially on the last day of school!
Please join us in wishing our players good luck this Thursday as play commences for the 76th Senior PGA Championship!
PGA National News
Defending Champion Inbee Park Heads List of Major Champions in 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Two-time defending champion Inbee Park heads a list of 22 major champions who have committed to compete in the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 9-14, at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. Canadian star Brooke Henderson, 17, who finished third in the recent Swinging Skirts Classic, received an exemption to the Championship.
Californian Michael Block Reflects Upon a“Life-Changing” PGA Professional National Championship
The showcase Championship for PGA Professionals will be held, June 28-July 1, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club.
What a Week for Jerry Haas, PGA
The Wake Forest University men's golf coach from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tied for 17th place, to earn low PGA Club Professional honors in the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. He finished with a 72-hole total of 5-over-par 293 and took home a crystal bowl and a new kitchen of appliances from KitchenAid.
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