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Ed Ibarguen, PGA, Named 46th CPGA Hall Of Fame Inductee

GREENSBORO, NC (August 28, 2015) 
It is our great honor to announce that the 46th Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame inductee is PGA Master Teaching Professional, Ed Ibarguen, PGA. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive group of the finest PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf who have called the Carolinas home. The PGA of America lists 37 characteristics of PGA Professionals including being a motivator, community leader, business manager, accomplished player, trained instructor, counselor, and friend. The Section’s Hall of Fame members have displayed traits such as these over the span of their lives and careers to the benefit of their community and the game of golf at large. These individuals have positively impacted countless individuals through professional and personal relationships.

“The Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame has once again opened its doors to a legend,” states Carolinas PGA President, Chad Newton, PGA. “Ed Ibarguen, PGA of Duke University Golf Club has been selected as the 46th inductee into our Hall of Fame. Please join me in congratulating Ed on this well-deserved accolade for his countless contributions to the game and his facility along with his tireless work on the Section level and National platform.”



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Jerry Haas Putts His Way to Victory at 91st Carolinas Open


(GREENSBORO,NC) - Jerry Haas, PGA, and Head Men's Golf Coach at Wake Forest University, is the winner of the 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T, held at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, NC after shooting 69-70-65=204 (-9).

Jerry came into the final round of competition one stroke behind Cory Schneider,PGA of The Pointe Golf Club. After the first nine holes, Jerry took a one-shot lead over Cory and did not look back. His putting proved to be the strongest part of his game today as Jerry only needed 21 total putts. His final round of 65 (-6) was not only the low round of the tournament, but it earned a six -shot victory over Savio Nazareth, PGA, of Starmount Forest who shot 69-74-67=210 (-3).

With this win, Jerry has earned enough points to claim the coveted 2015 CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Award Presented by Omega. This title will also give him an exemption into a PGA Tour event in 2016. Jerry has recent experience playing in PGA Tour events as he competed in the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club earlier this month and he played in the 76th Senior PGA Championship Presented by Kitchen Aid - one of the world's four majors in senior professional golf,  where he finished in a tie for 17th.

Matt Elliot of Wilkesboro, NC was the low amateur of the Carolinas Open, shooting 71-72-71=214 (+1)

The Carolinas Open is the oldest running professional golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted annually since 1923 when the Carolinas PGA Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC.   Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history including Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum have been champions.

The 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is a 54-hole stroke play with a cut to the low third and ties upon completion of 36 holes.  47 competitors survived the cut and competed in the final round.  This is an official 2015 CPGA Bob Boyd Player of the Year Presented by Omega Points Challenge event.

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91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T

Final Round


The third and final day of the 91st Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is in full swing! For updates and results, please follow along with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as here. As scores are updated through Blue Golf, they will be posted. 


We're wishing the best of luck to our remaining players and send a special thanks to our partner sponsor BB&T, as well as our host facility, Bryan Park Golf Course. 

The weather is holding up for us this morning. We look forward to another day on the course and, what we expect to be, an exciting final round.



A Tribute to Mike Townsend

This morning golf professionals, family and friends gathered at Bryan Park Golf Course (Champions 13) to honor the late Mike Townsend, PGA, Carolinas PGA Member with tribute tee shots into Lake Townsend. The event took place prior to the 91st Carolinas Open Pro-Am, which kicks off the tournament this week presented by BB&T (tournament days: 8.25-8.27). Friend and fellow PGA, CPGA Member, Charles Frost spoke first, followed by Mike's wife, Katherine. Mike and Katherine's son, Spencer, took the first tee shot for his father followed by participating golf professionals and friends.

We would like to take a moment to thank all of those who participated and showed their support for Mike and his family this morning at Bryan Park.




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Rocky Brooks on Inside The PGA Tour


Rocky Brooks, PGA, CPGA, Director of Golf at Sedgefield Country Club is featured on Inside The PGA Tour during the Wyndham Championship this week. Click the image to view or visit this link


Townsend remembered at Whistling Straits


As the 2015 PGA Championship took place this past weekend at Whistling Straits,  player, CPGA Member and PGA Head Golf Professional at Kiawah Island Club - River Course, Charles Frost, took some time to remember his colleague and friend Mike Townsend, recent CPGA Section Professional Champion.

Check out the full video and story here via The Golf Channel as well as another story published by ESPN, found here


Charles Frost, PGA Offers Tips for the Knock Down Shot



Charles Frost, CPGA Member and PGA Head Golf Professional at Kiawah Island Club - River Course teaches the knock down shot during the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits with PGA Tour Player, Ben Martin. Click the image to see the full video or visit this link.


PGA of America Honors Carolinas PGA Professional with Deacon Palmer Award 2015

BROWNS SUMMIT, NC (Aug. 14, 2015) - The Carolinas PGA is thrilled to announce that one of its very own, Brad Clayton, a PGA Master Professional in Teaching at Puzzle Duck Golf, in Oxford, North Carolina, is the recipient of this year’s Deacon Palmer Award. The Deacon Palmer Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership, in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his or her life. This individual is an unsung hero at their facility and in their community, who serves to inspire, empower and assist others, both inside and outside of the game.

After 13 years of either working as a PGA Assistant Professional, teaching or competing in various U.S. mini tours and competitions in Europe, Clayton lost his hand in an accident in 2000, when his shirt was caught in an auger that was digging holes for the net posts of his new Teaching and Learning Center. Clayton was transported to Duke University Hospital where he was able to keep his elbow after five surgeries and a week of four hours per day in a hyperbaric chamber. Despite the accident and the difficult journey that ensued, Clayton maintains that losing his hand, behind the birth of his two children, Nickolas and Winona, was the best thing that ever happened to him. His reasoning was the accident has provided opportunities for him to bond with individuals with similar circumstances – especially veterans – and spread a positive message through golf and horseback riding. A PGA member since 1992, Clayton is now a full-time teacher, maintains his golf range and is a volunteer in many events within the Carolinas PGA Section. He currently serves on the Section’s Teaching and Coaching Committee, was named Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year in 2008, and has been actively involved with many clinics and programs focusing on veterans in golf.

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Registration Now Open for the Asst. Association Pro-Salesman



Registration is now open for the CPGA Assistants’ Association Pro-Salesman event, presented by the Carolinas Golf Salesman Association. Entry Deadline: September 10




PGA National News

PAT Revised Yardage for Women

The PAT yardage for women was recently modified by the PGA Board of Directors. Effective Aug. 1, the change is to provide a better opportunity for women and men to hit similar clubs into the green. View More

U.S. PGA Cup Team Announced

The United States will send seven rookies and three veterans to face Great Britain & Ireland for the 27th PGA Cup, at CordeValle in San Martin, California, Sept. 18-20. View More

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Upcoming Tournaments


91st Carolinas Open
Presented by BB&T
Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center
Greensboro, NC
August 25-26


Daniel Island CPGA Senior Open
Daniel Island Club (Ralston Creek)
Daniel Island, SC
Aug 31-Sept 1

Assistants' Association

Trump Nat'l of Charlotte
Sept 14

Senior Program