Carolinas PGA Section Dedicates New Headquarters
Greensboro, NC (April 24, 2012) - The Carolinas PGA Section held a grand opening ceremony on Monday, April 23, 2012 to dedicate its new headquarters located in Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center. The ceremony brought together many North Carolina and local government dignitaries, partners of the CPGA, members of the CPGA, and members of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Board of Directors to commemorate the occasion.
Attendees of the event included US Congressman Howard Coble, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton, President of The PGA of America, Allen Wronowski, PGA, Carolinas PGA President, Mike Casto, PGA, Mayor of Greensboro, Robbie Perkins, Guilford County Board of Commissioners, Chairman, Skip Alston, and President of the Bryan Foundation, Jim Melvin, just to name a few.
The Carolinas PGA Section was founded at Greensboro Country Club in May 1923 and officially recognized as a Section of The PGA of America in 1940. The CPGA had its headquarters in Greensboro and Durham until 1976 when the decision was made to move the Section Headquarters to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When the Section’s Myrtle Beach property was sold to Loris Healthcare, the CPGA Board of Directors set out in earnest to find the best location for the Carolinas PGA Section to call home into the future.
After much consideration and research of all areas in the Carolinas, Greensboro came out on top as the location that would be home to the new Carolinas PGA Section headquarters. The 3.1 acre parcel of land at the entrance to Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center, that the CPGA Headquarters now calls home, provided what the Section was looking for, a true Home Site.
The ceremony began with CPGA Vice President Chad Newton, PGA, and CPGA Secretary John Marino, PGA, unveiling a "Coming Home" plaque recognizing the Section’s return to where it first was formed. The theme of coming home was echoed in all the speeches made by attendees that both welcomed the Section to Greensboro and also expressed thanks to all those that made the move possible.
"I applaud the PGA for moving its Carolinas Section Headquarters from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Greensboro, North Carolina," Rep. Coble told the crowd assembled at the dedication today. "Golf is more than just a leisure activity. It means jobs and economic development for our district and state. The 6th District is already home to Pinehurst, the site of past and future U.S. Open Championships. Adding the Carolinas Section Headquarters is another notable achievement for our district. I am thrilled that the PGA decided to ‘come home’ to Greensboro."
Following the Dedication Ceremony, lunch was served at the Bryan Park Golf and Convention Center, with optional golf. The Champions Course at Bryan Park GC will host the CPGA’s first Open Tournament of the Year, the Carolinas Open, May 6.