Carolinas Golf Magazine

FALL 2018

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S ummer is almost over, and hopefully everyone has had a great 2018 so far. This quarterly issue of Carolinas Golf features the upcoming USGA Mid Amateur at Charlotte Country Club and the Carolina Golf Club. Another article will pr es- ent new CGA travel opportunities. When I assumed the presidency of the CGA six months ago, the big building project had been completed. The Carolinas Golf House and Hall of History were finished. Today both are open to the public. I encourage all to visit our superb facilities when in the Pinehurst area. Now our two main initiatives are junior golf and growing the game. T o support junior golf, we have adopted the Youth on Course (YOC) program, which has proven very successful with other golf associations. For more details, see Carolinasgolf.org. Since 2006, golf has had declining numbers in players, rounds, and courses. Part of this can be attributed to the Baby Boomer generation, which is aging out. In 2019 every Boomer will be 55 or older, which will qualify them for golf's senior status. Currently, they are playing more rounds individually. But, the group is becoming smaller. One knowledgeable source estimates for every boomer lost three millennials need to start playing. The sport needs to recruit GenXers, Millennials, and the younger Generation Z within our junior programs. To support these initiatives and other projects, and scholarships, we turn to the Carolinas Golf Foundation, which annually has two fundraisers: • The Reunion Pro-Am Nov. 11-12, 2018 at Pine Needles/Mid Pines. Get yourself and/or group two rounds of golf, lodging, meals and a fantastic gift bag. • The CGA Online A uction is modeled after last year's huge success. This year prom- ises to be even bigger and better. Watch for emails with more information on this unique opportunity. Some of these offerings go at bargain bids, so bid early and often . Remember it goes to great causes. Some CGA and golf tidbits: • In August, the USGA announced a 2018 V irtual U.S. Amateur in conjunction with Topgolf to be held in Atlanta. The winner receives a virtual U.S. Open exemption in 2019. The question remains: Will we get any real golfers from this? • The Carolinas have 15,228 golf holes. Only Florida and California have more. • Myrtle Beach is No. 1 in golf accessibility. No. 2 is Hilton Head. Always remember the words of Pop Rivers (1915), "We want more attention paid to the coming golfer ... cater to poor players and make them more enthusiastic." If anyone knows of Pop Rivers, we would love to give his memory a proper shoutout. Thank you, Gene Spencer President, Carolinas Golf Association 6 | | FA L L 2 0 1 8 P R E S I D E N T ' S L E T T E R Focusing on Junior Golf and Growing the Game GENE SPENCER , President, Carolinas Golf Association Carolinas G lf O F F I C I A L P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E C A R O L I N A S G O L F A S S O C I A T I O N Volume 25, Number 3 Business Office: 140 Ridge Road Southern Pines, NC 28387 (910) 673-1000 • Fax: (910) 673-1001 www.carolinasgolf.org • admin@carolinasgolf.org Executive Director: Jack Nance Director of Junior Golf and Tournament Operations: Jason Cox Director of Communications and Marketing: Jackson Sveen Director of Rules and Competitions: Rusty Harder Director of Women's Golf: Maggie Watts Assistant Director of Rules and Competitions: Chris Zeh Director of Course Rating and Membership: Greg Kelly Junior Golf Tournament Manager: Chris Wolff Tournament Manager: Sarah Bae Director of GHIN and IT Operations: Doug Hardisty Director of Handicapping and GHIN Support: Tom Johnson Agronomist: Bill Anderson Director of Development: Braxton McLennan Tournament Administrator: Kevin Haracz Tournament Administrator: Torey Johnson Office Manager: Kim Jett Administrative Assistant: Barb Hanlin Officers Gene Spencer, President, Columbia Country Club; D. Gregory Norris, Vice President, Pine Valley Country Club; Mike Smith, Secretary, Greenville (S.C.) Country Club; Daniel R. O'Connell, Treasurer, The Creek Golf Club; Lawrence C. Hicks, Past-President, Greensboro Country Club; Charles E. Lynch, Jr., General Counsel, High Point Country Club Executive Committee Vicki DiSantis, Country Club of North Carolina; J. Richard Dosek, Oak Valley Golf Club; Frank Golden, Quail Hollow Club; Joe Hackler, Dunes Golf & Beach Club; Gregg Jones, Florence Country Club; Whitten Meares, Country Club of Charleston; Kelly Miller, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club; Rion Moore, DeBordieu Club; Rick Riddle, Cedarwood Country Club; Michael Sims, Country Club of Lexington; Teddy Stockwell, Yeamans Hall Club; Thomas J. Thorpe, Tanglewood Golf Association Find us on Facebook: Keyword Search – Carolinas Golf Association Find us on Twitter and Instagram: Keyword search – cgagolf1909 Published for the Carolinas Golf Association in cooperation with: PGA Magazine Group 2600 Philmont Avenue, Suite 325 Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 Phone: 215-914-2071 Editor: Don Jozwiak Advertising: For information, please contact: Brian Folino at 661-312-6412 Regional Advertising Managers: Patrick Cherry, Howard Derkay Vice President, Real Estate & Travel: Mike Agee CEO: Richard K. Summers COO & Art Director: Peter J. 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