Carolinas GCSA elects new president

By |  December 6, 2018 0 Comments

Matthew Wharton, CGCS, of Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., was elected as the new president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, a roughly 1,800-member organization.

Wharton is both a certified golf course superintendent from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and a master greenkeeper from the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association. Earlier in the year, he was superintendent host for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which Carolina Golf Club shared with Charlotte Country Club. He has been at Carolina Golf Club since 2005.

Wharton was elected at the association’s annual business meeting on the final day of the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which set a new post-Recession high with a total of 413 booths occupied by more than 200 different companies.

“Once again our numbers were strong across the board,” said Executive Director Tim Kreger. “We had just a shade under 2,000 people attend, filled nearly 1,300 seats in education seminars, capped our golf championship field at 325 and had another 50 compete in the sporting clays. Honestly, we couldn’t be happier from a business perspective but even more importantly, I feel like everyone who took part was happy too.”

Wharton added, “The show came at just the right time as everyone, fatigued from one of the more grueling seasons to remember, was ready to catch their breath. I believe last year will live in our memories for many years to come.”

Other highlights of the three-day event included:

  • Dr. Bert McCarty from Clemson University received the association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award;
  • Barry Graham from Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands, N.C., won the Carolinas GCSA golf championship;
  • Keith Noxon from Pine Valley Country Club in Wilmington, N.C., won $3,000 as the grand prize winner in the 27-Hole Challenge;
  • Clemson University won the annual Student Turf Bowl competition;
  • Peter Gerdon from Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville, N.C., was elected to the board of directors;
  • Outgoing president Adam Charles from The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville, S.C., won the sporting clay championship; and
  • Members observed a moment of silence in memory of members who died during the year including Dr. Paul Alexander, Steve Wright, CGCS, Leonard “Bucky” Hill and David Watts.

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