Golf Bag: CPGA's New Home Dedicated
The Carolinas PGA Section has dedicated 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 U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, PGA of America President Allen Wronowski, Carolinas PGA President Mike Casto, Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins, Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston, Bryan Foundation President Jim Melvin, and former CPGA Executive Director and Hall of Famer John Derr, of Pinehurst.
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.
When the section’s Myrtle Beach property was sold to Loris Healthcare, the CPGA Board of Directors set out to find the best location to call home into the future and settled on Greensboro.
The 3.1-acre parcel of land at the entrance to Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center, which the CPGA headquarters now calls home, provided what the section was looking for, a true home site.
“I applaud the Carolinas PGA for moving its headquarters to Greensboro,” Rep. Coble told the crowd. “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.”
The Champions Course at Bryan Park GC will host the CPGA’s first open tournament of the year, the Carolinas Open, May 6-10.
Sr. Am Tour: It was a week for Sandhills players in the Senior Amateur event held at High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek Course.
Arch Reed of Pinehurst shot 78 to win the championship flight, with Ron Hockensmith second with 79.
Gil Ro of Pinehurst won flight A, and Jim Rohr of Pinehurst took fifth with 80. Tom Kubla of Pinehurst was third in flight B with 83.
Golfweek Tour: James Prasse of Fayetteville shot 74 to win the championship flight of the Golf Week Amateur Tour event held at the Country Club of Whispering Pines.
James Adamski of Fayetteville won flight A with 78, and Daren Green of Durham won flight B with 80 in a playoff against Jimmy Adams of Greenville. James Dockery of Southern Pines tied for fifth with 83.
Mark Lawson of Asheboro won flight C with 82. Jason Goodwin of Fort Bragg and Eric Friar of Southern Pines tied for second with 83 and Tony Robison of Southern Pines was fourth with 84.
Henry Lech of Fayetteville won flight D with 88 and Tom Anderson of West End was runner-up with 90.
CGCSA Donation: The Carolinas Golf Courses Superintendents Association has made a $25,000 donation to the Carolinas Golf Association Carolinas Golf House and the “Setting the Course” campaign.
The Carolinas Golf House will be the new headquarters of the CGA to be located at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, and will contain a Carolinas Golf Legacy Museum, an educational center, staff offices and other golf growth initiatives.
“We see our donation as an investment and a thank-you,” said Douglas Lowe, president of the CGCSA. “It is an investment in the future health of the CGA and the great work it does nurturing both today’s and tomorrow’s amateur golfer.”
“This donation is meaningful to us in a lot of ways,” said Jack Nance, executive director of the CGA. “It shows the ongoing support both organizations have for each other and our common focus — to better golf and the turf-grass industry in the Carolinas.”
eGolf Tour: Clint Jensen of Jupiter, Fla., birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Lanto Griffin of Blacksburg, Va., and win the eGolf Tour event held at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.
It was the third eGolf career win for Jensen, who picked up a check for $15,000.
Tin Whistles: Frank Corcoran, Jan Ludwig, Bob Springer and Ron Kuklok won a card playoff to claim first place in the best-ball of four Tin Whistles event held on Pinehurst Country Club’s No. 4 Course. They had tied with 58 in regulation with the team of Chuck Butters, Jerry Lefton, Rich Warters and Bill Noggle.
Fred Nuenighoff, Gary Butler, Dick Johnston and Dick Berkshire finished third with 60.
Greg Duggan, Hugh Menzies and Drew Steidinger teamed to win the two-best-ball event held at Seven Lakes Country Club with 126.
Dave Hampton, Ed Guidice, Floyd Herndon and Joe Mills were second with 129. Pat Mondock, Cackie Jones, Doug Barth and Jay Carothers took third with 130.
Joe Raguso, Glenn Davis and Pat Henry were fourth with 131, followed by Bob Hepner, Mike LaGraff, Jon DeVault and Ed Brooks.
Sr. Four-Ball: Wiley Barrett of Southern Pines and Dick Skobo of West End shot 76 to finish second with 132 in flight B of the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball event held at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock.
They also finished sixth in flight B of the event held at Connestee Falls Golf Club in Brevard, with a score of 81.
Sr. Am Qualifier: Rick Luzar of Pinehurst shot 73 at Willow Creek in High Pint to earn a berth in the upcoming North Carolina Senior Amateur. David Brown of Clemmons was medalist with 71, as 44 players advanced into the May 15-17 championship being played at Oak Valley in Advance.
Todd Turner of West End also advanced with 77.
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