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S outh Carolina native Paige Cribb knew she wanted to be a PGA Pro- fessional when she started playing at Georgetown's Wedgefield Country Club as a youngster. Now her lifelong love of golf has led her to becoming the first female President of the Carolinas PGA Section – the largest of the PGA's 41 geo- graphical Sections. Cribb, the PGA Direc- tor of Student Support for the Coastal Carolina University PGA Golf Manage- ment Program, became Carolinas PGA President in February after two-year terms as secretary and vice-president. "If there is a young woman out there and she sees someone who looks like her succeeding in the golf industry, I think that makes it a little easier on her to pursue a career in golf," Cribb says. "If I can be a men- tor for her and her friends, I love that. This is a great business for anyone, and I want to be a resource for everyone interested." In addition to playing competitively at Wedgefield, Cribb played golf at George- town High School – on the boys' team, since there was no girls' team – and played collegiately at the University of North Car- olina-Wilmington. She's been at Coastal Carolina for the past 10 years, working with the next generation of PGA Profes- sionals and teaching lessons to Myrtle Beach-area golfers. (Check out page 22 for an instruction tip from Paige you can use to improve your game.) Cribb is the fourth woman to serve as president of a PGA Section. This fall, Suzy Whaley will become the first woman pres- ident of the PGA of America. ● 8 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E New Faces at the Carolinas Golf Association Office Chris Wolff joined the Carolinas Golf Association in March as Junior Tournament Manager. Born in New York City and raised in Oak Hill, Virginia, Wolff graduated from Chantilly High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Pennsylvania State University in 2006. At Penn State he played on the rugby team and was selected to play for the United States Under 19 National Team. After college, Wolff began his career as a bond trader in New York City and worked on Wall Street for 10 years in fixed income sales and trading. A longtime avid golfer, he decided to pursue a career in the golf industry and began work at the Metropolitan Golf Association as their PJ Boatwright Intern in 2016, continuing to work in Championships and Handicapping for the MGA until he joined the CGA. Wolff resides in Southern Pines, N.C., with his wife and son. Also new to the CGA staff is Tournament Manager Sarah Bae. Sarah grew up playing in CGA and Tarheel Youth Golf Association events, earning North Carolina Junior Girls' Player of the Year honors three times and winning six CGA events. She also played collegiately at North Carolina State University. ● LPGA Qualifying Tournament Set for Pinehurst The LPGA unveiled a revamped final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, which will take place at Pinehurst (North Carolina) Resort from Oct. 22– Nov. 3, 2018. Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds. "What I like most about the Q-Series is that it will be a true test for how players will qualify for the LPGA Tour," says LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "The playing status earned by competitors at Q-Series will be a direct reflection of eight rounds of head-to- head competition on a demanding test of golf at Pinehurst Resort." The first week of the LPGA Q-Series, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jones-designed Pinehurst Course No. 7 from Oct. 31– Nov. 3. ● Paige Cribb Makes History as First Female Carolinas PGA President $ 1.5m Former UNC-Greensboro golfer Robert Saunders and his wife, Nanette, gifted $1.5 million to his alma mater to endow two full scholarships for the Spartan golf team. It's the largest gift in the history of UNCG athletics, and comes after the golf program made the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history. ● LPGA Maria Torres Robyn Ree Nasa Hataoka Tiffany Chan

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