Carolinas PGA Section Announces its 2012 Players of the Year and Johnny Palmer Trophy Winner

PGA - Carolinas SectionBrowns Summit, N.C. November 20, 2012 – The Carolinas PGA Section is proud to announce this year’s Players of the Year and Johnny Palmer Trophy winner. These titles are given to the Carolinas PGA Professionals and CPGA Senior Associate members who throughout the year have proven themselves through their play in numerous CPGA tournaments, PGA of America Championships, PGA Tour events, and USGA events.

Kelly Mitchum, PGA, an Assistant PGA Professional at Pinehurst CC No. 1-5, collected an impressive 500 points to win his fifth Bob Boyd Section Player of the Year award. Mitchum was the 2012 Carolinas PGA Professional Champion; he also finished T-2 at the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship earning him a qualifying spot in the 2012 PGA Championship. Charles Frost, Assistant PGA Professional at Quail Hollow Club, is the 2012 Johnny Palmer Trophy Winner. Frost had the Carolinas PGA’s lowest stroke average at 68.44 through the four major tournaments the CPGA hosts.

Our Senior Player of the Year awards go to the Senior Professional, Senior Associate (amateur), and Super Senior Associate (amateur) who have consistently topped the leader boards this year at CPGA Senior Tournaments. Rick Lewallen, PGA, Life Member of Kannapolis, N.C. accumulated 702.50 points to capture the Senior Professional Player of the Year title. Our Senior Associate Player of the Year Award goes to Pat Thompson of Asheville, N.C. Jim Pridgen of Jamestown, N.C. was the Super Senior Associate Player of the Year.

Bob Boyd Player of the Year

Kelly Mitchum, PGA, Pinehurst CC No. 1-5- Pinehurst, N.C.

The Bob Boyd Player of the Year is decided by the amount of points a player accumulates throughout their play in the eligible point tournaments: CPGA Professional Championship, Carolinas Open, NC Open, SC Open, and various PGA Tour and USGA events.

Kelly Mitchum, PGA captured his fifth Bob Boyd Player of the Year trophy. Mitchum has been a fixture atop the CPGA Player of the Year list claiming the trophy consecutively from 2004 – 2007. Mitchum’s top performance during the 2012 CPGA Tournament season was his win at the Carolinas PGA Professional Championship. He was also the only CPGA Professional to represent the Section at the 2012 PGA Championship held in August at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Mitchum earned his qualifying spot from his outstanding performance at the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship were he finished T-2. As both the CPGA Professional Champion and the Bob Boyd Player of the Year, Mitchum will be exempt into both the Wyndham and the Wells Fargo Championships in 2013.

He will be presented with the Bob Boyd Player of the Year honors at the annual Special Honors & Awards Ceremony presented by Club Car to be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on February 17, 2013. For information about the CPGA Awards & Honors dinner please contact Sara Beth Gardocki, Media and Promotions Director at sgardocki@pgahq.com.

The Bob Boyd Player of the Year title is named for one of our Section’s most successful tournament competitors. Bob Boyd is a seven-time Player of the Year, four-time Section Champion, four-time Carolinas Open Champion, three-time NC Open Champion, five-time SC Open Champion and four-time Pro-Pro Champion. He represents what it means to be a true competitor and it was our honor in 2007 to name this trophy for him.

Johnny Palmer Trophy

Charles Frost, PGA, Assistant PGA Professional – Quail Hollow Club

Charles Frost, PGA, Assistant PGA Professional at Quail Hollow Club, clinched the Johnny Palmer Trophy with a 68.44 scoring average in the four CPGA major tournaments that he participated in during the 2012 season. Frost had strong performances in all four major tournaments with his top performance being at the 48th Toshiba North Carolina Open played at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C which he won. His lowest round of the year also was at the Toshiba North Carolina Open where he carded a 62.

The Johnny Palmer trophy is the award given to the player with the low nine-round stroke average in the four Carolinas PGA major tournaments. Johnny Palmer was a North Carolina-born golf legend who played successfully on the PGA Tour and received his nickname “Old Stone” from Sam Snead. The trophy was added to the Special Awards and Honors repertoire in 2007 and has come to symbolize the very things Palmer stood for: a competitive spirit, a stoic and deliberate approach to the game, and quality play.

Senior Professional Player of the Year

Rick Lewallen, PGA, Life Member- Kannapolis, N.C.

Rick Lewallen, PGA captured his first CPGA Senior Professional Player of the Year title. In senior “open” events, highlights include victories at the Pine Needles/Mid Pines CPGA Senior Open , the Old North State Senior Open, and the 2012 CPGA Senior Professional Champion that was contested at Pine Island Country Club. He also turned in a strong performance at the 2012 U.S. Senior Open where he finished T-44. Lewallen amassed 705.00 Senior Professional Player of the Year points during the Senior Program tournaments he participated in during 2012.

He will be presented with Senior Professional Player of the Year honors at the annual Special Honors & Awards Ceremony presented by Club Car to be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on February 17, 2013.

Senior Associate Player of the Year

Pat Thompson of Asheville, N.C. is this year’s Senior Associate Player of the Year. Thompson collected 600 points during the 2012 Seniors’ Programs Tournaments. He won his respective age group at each Senior Open Tournament in which he participated in during the 2012 season. Thompson competed in the 88th Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T where he finished T-7.

Super Senior Associate Player of the Year

Jim Pridgen of Jamestown, N.C. claimed the Super Senior Associate Player of the Year award for 2012. Pridgen earned 605.00 points in the five CPGA Senior Open events he participated in. He finished in the top ten of the super senior division at each event he played, including three first place finishes.

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