February 5, 2019

Hello CPGA Professional,

Please enjoy this week's newsletter highlighting SUPER SHOW Registration, PGA.Coach, a new and enhanced partnership with Evolve Golf, and a spotlight of our 2018 Player Development Award Winner, Tom Mason!

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The deadline is THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8!

We are very excited to welcome Private Estate as 2019 CPGA SUPER SHOW Presenting Partner!

  • NEW THIS YEAR will be a gathering "after-party" Monday night, February 18, at Natty Greene's! Come out for a free drink and free appetizers from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Mingle with fellow professionals, vendors, and enjoy a Greensboro local favorite! We thank the Carolinas Salesman Association for co-hosting this event with us!
  • Attend the CPGA Winter Teaching Summit and hear from incredible instructors
  • PGA of America President, Suzy Whaley, at the Annual Meeting.
  • WIN some dough by participating in the $6,000 Cash Jackpot!
  • Attend the Special Awards & Honors Dinner
  • Earn up to 21 MSRs this year!

Don't miss out on this year's event! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

BJ Maloy
Founder & CEO

Matt Simons
Director of Sales

Evolve Golf Enhances Partnership

The Carolinas PGA is excited to announce our new and enhanced partnership with Evolve Golf! Evolve Golf's support has been tremendous and we look forward to running very successful events, thanks to their partnership.

Evolve Golf will be the Title partner on our Fall Area Meetings later in the year. They will have a significant presence at our championships, being the Presenting partner of the CPGA Players Championship, Pro-Official Championship, & Pro-Pro Championship, as well as, Supporting partner of the CPGA Pro-Assistant Championship.

New this year, the CPGA will be hosting Professional Drive, Chip & Putt Competitions. The first one of the year will take place at the Players Championship. Evolve Golf will be the Title partner of these first-time events and we are looking forward to the success and fun time that will bring!

Please join us once again in welcoming Evolve Golf as an outstanding partner with the Carolinas PGA!

Special Award Winner Spotlight

Each month in 2019, we will highlight one of our 2018 special award winners and share a best practice they have for you to take back to your facility. 

February spotlight
2018 Player Development Award Winner
Tom Mason, PGA

Tom is the Head Professional at Par Tee Golf Center in Columbia, SC and Head Golf Coach at Columbia College. He has been a PGA member for 22 years and has owned and operated The Par Tee Golf Center since 2013. Check out this best practice he has to share with you about growing the game in your area!

Anyone Can Run a PGA Junior League and Enjoy Success – Grow the Game in your Area

The Par Tee Golf Center, the practice range that I own and operate, is a stand-alone facility, but that didn't stop me from signing up for PGA Junior League Golf when I first heard about it in 2013. After having 12 children and playing teams from surrounding courses in my first year, I realized that I could build our Junior League Team into a 4-Team PGA Junior League. We partnered with other facilities and pooled together their players to form the Midlands PGA Junior League. Some of the courses we partnered with did not have the staffing levels and time to run their own PGA Junior League Teams. Courses including Columbia Country Club and the Country Club of Lexington allowed us to use their facilities for matches. They also allowed us to market the PGA Junior League to their Junior Golfers. Interest sky-rocketed and we were able to create our own four-team PGA Junior League. The Columbia area suddenly had two Leagues in PGA Junior League Golf, and we could serve more youth golfers. In addition, my fellow PGA Professionals and their facilities got more traffic and revenue without the hassle. We continued to push PGA Junior League Golf in Columbia. As of last year, Forest Lake Country Club now has their own four-team League, PGA Professionals, Chase Butler and Steven Hartwig help me run our Midlands PGA Junior League, and a group of courses in Columbia make up a third League in PGA Junior League Golf.

Since 2014, The Midlands PGA Junior League has had a minimum of 40 players in the League. Chase, Steven and I have even grown our “Summer PGA Junior League” into a year-round PGA Junior League Program. We continue to introduce Junior Golfers to the game we all love, but more importantly we see long lasting relationships with children, parents and PGA Junior League families develop each year. Unlike most competitive junior golf, PGA Junior League players learn to work as a team. Instead of competing against someone all the time, PGA Junior League Golf teaches them to work as a unified group. Current PGA Junior League families and PGA Junior League graduates celebrate holidays together, travel together to other golf activities and continue to play golf and grow the game. These Junior Golfers and their families will be friends for life.

For a nominal fee of $75.00, The PGA of America gives each participant a “kit” that includes two, awesome jerseys to be worn at the matches. The additional fees that we charge above the $75 go to the courses to pay for usage fees along with covering snacks for the kids. We ask the parents who come to watch their kids not to bring any food or drink and support the host facilities. Along with the $10-$15 golf car fees the courses charge, they're also seeing revenue increases from food & beverage the parents purchase, along with some additional club members from families who wanted to give their children a place to play. Chase, Steven and I have gained new students from our PGA Junior League, and our instructional programs continue to grow.

Even if you are employed at a facility that does not have a golf course, don’t be afraid to participate in Junior League Golf. Go out and partner up with local PGA Professionals and get Juniors Golfers involved in PGA Junior League Golf. Your time commitment to running a PGA Junior League Team or League will reward you with memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.

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