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2017 CPGA Major Tournament Schedule

as of October 18

Items in bold are confirmed.

March 20-21 Head Professional Champ. / RBC Heritage Member Qual.       Wexford GC
April 3-4 Tar Heel Cup Matches River Landing CC
May 8-9 Nat’l Car Rental / Harrah’s Casino Pro-Am Sequoyah National GC
May 22-24 (M-W) 66th South Carolina Open Dataw Island Club
June 6-8 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open The Club at Irish Creek
July 17-18 Pro-Assistant Championship River Landing CC
August 1-3 93rd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T Bryan Park GC
September 18-20 (M-W) Section Professional Championship Sea Pines Resort
(Harbour Town & Atlantic Dunes)
October 3 Club Car / National Car Rental Pro-Official Championship Grandfather G&CC
November 28-30 E-Z-GO Pro-Pro Championship TBD
TBD Section Assistant Professional Championship TBD
TBD Section Senior Professional Championship TBD
TBD OMEGA Match Play Championship TBD



Meet Rick Murphy, PGA

Candidate for PGA of America Secretary

PGA members Russ Libby, Rick Murphy and Jim Richerson are the declared candidates for the office of PGA of America Secretary. The election will be held on Nov. 11, 2016, at the 100th PGA Annual Meeting in New York City (via PGA of America). We're thrilled to see our very own PGA Professional Rick Murphy running for this role. Rick Murphy, PGA is the owner/director of instruction of the Rick Murphy Golf Academy & Practice Center and Greensboro National Golf Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Throughout his career, in addition to many other honors and accomplishments, Rick has received numerous awards including the Carolinas PGA Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year award, the PGA Professional of the Year, recognized as a Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Southeast, ranked by Golf Digest as a Top 10 Teacher in North Carolina, and nominated to Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America.  


Check out his campaign video HERE


2016 PGA Scholarship Winners

Nine from Carolinas Section Granted Monies

The PGA of America recently selected its 2016 National PGA Scholarship Section winners and we are thrilled to announce that nine CPGA member-affiliated students were selected to receive 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. It is an academic based scholarship program that takes into account the following criteria depending on the class level of the student:

High School Graduating Senior:
- High School cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- ACT and/or SAT test scores
- Extracurricular activities


Current College Student (has not reached senior year)
- College cumulative GPA must be at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- Most recently completed college semester or quarter GPA
- Extracurricular activities


Four winners from the high school category and five from the college category, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding. Among these individuals, two candidates were awarded the John Cox Scholarship - $5,000 and seven were awarded the National Scholarship - $2,000.



Award Winner


PGA Member

Hannah Hundley

National 2016

Jonathan F. Hundley, PGA

Jonathan Michala

National 2016

Jamie D. Michala, PGA

Samuel Parsons

National 2016

Thomas J. Parsons, PGA

Sarah Grace Cuthbert

National 2016

Grange S. Cuthbert, PGA



Award Winner


PGA Member

Eliza Cann

National 2016

John A. Abernethy, PGA

Leslie Thelan

John Cox 2016

Brian K. Thelan, PGA

Madison MacDonald

National 2016

Darin M. MacDonald, PGA

Molly Russell

National 2016

Rodney B. Russell, PGA

Samantha Ellison

John Cox 2016

Todd Ellison, PGA


For additional information on the program, please visit

Congratulations to all!


Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area Challenge Finals

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area Challenge Finals presented by Bionic, Maui Jim and Sterling Cut Glass.  Given the effects of Hurricane Matthew, we truly appreciate everyone’s effort to join us for this special event.  Congratulations to the Area VII winning team of Derek Watson, Bob Byrnes and Jason Toryk who fired an impressive 50 point total in this modified stableford scoring event with 12 birdies and an eagle!  



Some Helpful Info for Hurricane Matthew

Carolinas PGA Professionals:

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Matthew as this storm moves in this weekend.

For those bracing for Matthew, we’ve made some
helpful information available regarding golf course preparedness – a plan produced by Ron Hickman, PGA, post Hurricane Katrina. We share this now in hopes that it may help those PGA Professionals in the path of Hurricane Matthew as it makes landfall.

Additionally, PGA Members who are impacted and may suffer personal loss, for which they will have un-reimbursed out of pocket expenses, the PGA Disaster Relief Fund may be able to provide assistance. Please contact the PGA Headquarters Membership Department at 800-474-2776 if you need more information.

Best of luck to all during this sensitive time,

Carolinas PGA Section HQ


Thank You Patriot Golf Day Supporters!


Nazareth Captures CPGA Professional Championship

(Wilmington, NC) - Savio Nazareth emerged as the winner of the 2016 Carolinas PGA Section Professional Championship held at Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC.

Early during the morning of the third and final round, play was suspended due to dangerous weather.  Unfortunately, the tournament was unable to resume play despite a valiant effort by CC of Landfall's maintenance staff.  The remnants of Tropical Storm Julia threw multiple cells of rain and lightning at the coastal town of Wilmington throughout the day.  Teeing grounds, fairways, bunkers, and putting greens were under mass amounts of water.  It was eventually determined that if it did stop raining, the course would require too much maintenance to allow for even a reduced nine-hole stipulated round.  As a result, the final round was canceled, and the championship was based on 36 holes.  However, the Committee held a number of competitors behind to hopefully conduct a few playoffs later.

After two rounds, Nazareth, a PGA Assistant Professional at Starmount Forest CC in Greensboro, NC, and PGA Teaching Professional James Stewart of Old North State Club in New London, NC, shared the lead at 141 (-3).  A window in the weather system was found, and some course preparation allowed the championship to be finished using the 432-yard 13th hole.  Stewart got in trouble off the tee, finding a large area of casual water.  After taking relief, he hit his approach short right of the green guarded by a tall oak tree on the left.  Nazareth, who was positioned on the right side of the fairway, then threw his shot to approximately 18 feet past the flag.  Stewart's pitch came up 20 feet short.  Still being away, he narrowly missed his par putt, leaving the door open for Nazareth, who calmly two-putted for the victory.

The importance of this win was obvious when Nazareth immediately broke into tears as Stewart congratulated his fellow competitor.  Not only did Nazareth earn the title of "Carolinas PGA Professional Champion," the first place prize of $10,000, a beautiful crystal, and a framed championship flag, he also earned an exemption into either the PGA Tour's 2017 Wells Fargo Championship or Wyndham Championship.





Charles Tilghman Jr Tournament Registration Info


Registration Info
Registration Opens: 10:00 AM Thursday, September 29
Registration Closes: October 13 at 5:00 PM

All of the below info regarding registration can also be found HERE




Once registration opens tomorrow at 10:0) AM, THIS LINK will have a blue button that will say REGISTER NOW. Follow this link to another window to go through the registration process (name, address, CC#). Once you complete that part it will then send the application to us and will sit in Pending Status until after the October 13 deadline, see below for further details. This link is also where you can find the Exemption List, Accommodations, Practice Round Info, and any other general info you may need help with.

Exemption List Info/After You Register Info
Unless a player is on the exempt list for the 2016 Charles Tilghman CPGA Junior Championship, the Carolinas PGA Staff WILL NOT be able to give out ANY information regarding the status of a player getting into this event until AFTER registration closes on October 13 at 5:00 PM. We appreciate your patience as we allow the two week registration period to conclude before we process any non-exempt player applications.

After the deadline is over then we will put EXEMPT players in first. Once that is complete then the rest of the players will be put in to the active field based on the time and date of when they registered until we fill up the field. Then a wait list will be created with any remaining players.

This specific tournament does not have many dropouts or withdrawals.


Falling for Golf

There is nothing quite like playing a round or two with slightly cooler temps and the crisp smell of the changing leaves.

Unfortunately, those fallen leaves make it a bit harder to see your ball on the fairway. Remember, certain rules still apply even with loose impediments like leaves so, proceed with caution before going to find your ball in the foliage!

Some relevant Rules & Decisions

~ Rule 12-1b – Searching for or identifying ball covered by loose impediments in hazard
~ Decision 12-1/3 – Top of ball covered by leaves in hazard but part of ball visible from another angle
~ Decision 12-1/4 – Touching ground in bunker or water hazard with club while probing for a  ball believed covered by leaves
~ Decision 13-4/13.5 – Player moved leaves in hazard by approaching ball and taking stance
~ Decision 13-4/33 – Providing relief from accumulations of leaves in bunkers
~ Decision 16-1a/9 – Palm of hand brushed repeatedly on putting green to remove small leaves
~ Decision 33/1 – Removal of leaves from putting green by Committee, whether authorized
~ Decision 33-3/31 – Declaring accumulations of leaves (at specified holes) through the green as GUR

To move or not to move? If you’re truly not sure, forego a penalty stroke and touch base with our tournament team and resident rules experts (
Cory, Mike or Chris) before making your next move.  We’re here to save your game!



CPGA Fall Teaching Summit A Great Success!

Thank you to all those who attended our annual CPGA Fall Teaching Summit Presented by Mizuno and Supported by Orange Whip! We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves at the event and walked away with some great learning experiences. 

If you attended the Sunday night AND Monday sessions then your MSR credit will be equal to 10 Credits (2 Credits for Sunday night and 8 Credits for Monday). If you attended the Monday Session ONLY then you will receive 8 MSR credits. MSR will be posted in the coming weeks.

  • To refer back to the schedule of events for Sunday and Monday CLICK HERE.
  • To view photos from the event please CLICK HERE.

If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you! Please email any comments or concerns to

Thank you for making this year’s event a great one!

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Upcoming Tournaments

Pine Needles/Mid Pines
CPGA Senior Open

November 1-2


Match Play Championship

River Landing CC
November 2


Peninsula Club
CPGA Senior 1-Day

November 7



Pro-Pro Championship

Mid South Club
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinewild CC - Holly
Nov. 29 - Dec 1

27th Charles Tilghman
CPGA Junior Championship

The Grande Dunes Members Club
Dec. 10-11


2017 CPGA Tournament Schedule

Confirmed Dates/Sites:

Head Pro Champ/   March 20-21
RBC Heritage Qual.
Wexford GC


Tar Heel Cup   April 3-4
River Landing CC


SC Open   May 22-24
Dataw Island Club


NC Open   June 6-8
The Club at Irish Creek


Pro-Assistant   July 17-18
River Landing CC


Carolinas Open   Aug 1-3
Bryan Park GC


Professional Champ.   Sept. 18-20
Sea Pines Resort
(Atlantic Dunes & Harbour Town)


Pro-Official   Oct. 3
Grandfather Golf & CC


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