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Campbell's Orr key to defending U.S. Open champion's success

June 12, 2014

Campbell's Orr key to defending U.S. Open champion's success


PGM senior attends Open with his career in mind

June 11, 2014

PINEHURST — While most golf fans were spending their time at the U.S. Open’s practice rounds Monday and Tuesday trying to catch a glimpse of Phil Mickelson or Bubba Watson, Blake Rousay was noting the tilt of the fairways, the pampas grass in the waste areas and the hospitality of the staff at Pinehurst No. 2. Read more...

Defending champ credits Campbell’s Orr with recent success

June 11, 2014

PINEHURST — When Justin Rose won his first major in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, he gave much of the credit to the putting coach who'd joined his team a year earlier. This week, Rose is looking to become the first back-to-back Open winner since Curtis Strange in 1988-89, and he's doing so in his coach's back yard at Pinehurst No. 2. David Orr, the director of instruction for Campbell... Read more...

Putting guru David Orr: This week “has been awesome”

June 20, 2013

After golfer Justin Rose won the U.S. Open on Sunday, sports commentators attributed much of his victory to improvements in his short game, including putting. The headline of one column on, for example, read: “Putting tweaks help Rose bloom.” Rose’s short-game coach? David Orr, the director of instruction of Campbell University’s PGA Golf Management University Program, one of only 20 in the country accredited by the PGA.

Orr, who has coached Rose for a year, spoke to about Rose’s U.S. Open win and how he came to work with him. Read more...

Meet putting guru David Orr

In and of itself, the structure is unremarkable.

The dimensions of the building are of smallish proportion and the concrete block is in need of pressure washed scrutiny; at the base of the front awning, the numerals of the address plate hang in a casual state of limbo.

But as with most things, the exterior counts for little; for it is inside, just a step over the threshold, where some of the game’s finest players are redefining their approach to putting.

Scrawled in varying degrees of penmanship, and occupying a corner section of David Orr’s Buies Creek, N.C., putting studio, are the signatures of some of the world’s most prominent touring professionals. Read more...

PGM Feature Story

Going big

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How a student video of a golf trick shot went viral

When Nathan Mead became president of the PGA Golf Management Student Association (PGMSA) at Campbell University last semester, he introduced a slogan that he hoped would set the tone for the group for the academic year: “Do big things.”

Mission accomplished.

Campbell PGA Golf Management Students Win Third Jones Cup In Six Years

Students from Campbell University’s PGA Golf Management Program shot a record 569 total over two rounds at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to win the 11th PGA Jones Cup, presented by Golf Pride. The commanding 17 strokes victory over New Mexico State University is the third Jones Cup Championship in the past six years for the PGA Golf Management Program based in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. Campbell also won the Jones Cup in 2007 and 2009.

“They knew they would play well, and it didn’t surprise them,” Ken Jones, Campbell’s director of the PGA Golf Management University Program, told “The team members were consistently our best performers in our PGMSA Tournament Series this semester. This is a special event and to win the national championship for PGA Golf Management University Programs is really exciting.”

The 36-hole event features the top five players from each of the 20 schools that operate a PGA Golf Management University program. The students who represented Campbell were sophomore Robert Bose of Norfolk, VA. (80-75, 155); senior Charles Gross of Fayetteville, NC (76-67, 143); senior Jared Morrow of Charlotte, NC (69-77, 146); senior Ben Polland of Bloomington, MN (72-70, 142); and senior Ryan Wolff of Shokan, NY (70-70, 140). The team shot a 1-under-par 287 in the opening round on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and 6-under-par 282 on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

See the full article here - Campbell University runs away to 17-stroke victory at PGA Jones Cup

The North-South Tournament

Each spring the PGA Golf Management Student Association (PGMSA) Tournament Series is concluded with the biggest event of the year, the North-South. Using the Mason-Dixon Line as a divider, teams of the 24 best players from each respective side are formed. The event is played over three days in a “Ryder Cup” style format; four ball, foursomes, and singles. For the second year, the event was kicked off with a “Range Extravaganza” on Thursday, where the matches and pairings are announced. Fun competitions were set up to get the rivalry off on the right foot.

The South Team took a commanding lead after the first round and would not let up over the weekend. This year was the third consecutive victory for the South Team after a final score of 33-15.

Giving Back

Beyond events on the golf course, the PGMSA has been increasingly involved in the community. In recent weeks, an on-campus blood drive was held with the American Red Cross. The PGMSA has organized a blood drive with the American Red Cross every semester for more than five years. Our students help to register donors and assist them after they have given blood.

In addition, the PGMSA sponsored a booth at Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society. Campbell University held its annual Relay for Life on Friday, April 20, and this year’s theme was Disney movies. Our students chose “The Mighty Ducks” to decorate the booth. A hockey net was set up as a game in order to to raise money for the cause.

Both of these events provided our students with opportunities to get involved in the community and give back to those in need.

A Golf Marathon

On April 10, the PGMSA conducted a Golf Marathon in hopes of raising money for a new golf performance lab at Keith Hills. Donors were able to sponsor a student at a “per hole” rate. The number of holes the student completed would then determine the contribution. The marathon kicked off at 7:30 in the morning and lasted until about 7:30 in the evening. The White Course at Keith Hills was reserved specifically for the event’s 15 players so that they could get around the course as fast as possible.

Five students made it to 200 holes for the day. Spencer Huggins finished with the highest total of 213 holes; that is 18 holes every hour. Among the 15 participants, a grand total of 2,311 holes were completed, and more than $4,000 was raised for the new golf performance lab.

Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year- David H. Orr, PGA – Campbell University

This year’s Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year is David Orr, PGA, Director of Instruction at Campbell University’s PGA Golf Management program. The Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year award goes to the Teaching Professional who has performed outstanding service as a golf instructor. Emphasizing the past five years of the professional’s career, the professional must demonstrate an impact on teaching and golf instruction in the Section, involvement in junior golf activities at his or her facility and the community, innovative contributions of golf instruction and any articles written for publication.
David Orr, PGA has dedicated his career to teaching and mentoring future PGA Professional through the PGA Golf Management program at Campbell University. Orr called his position at Campbell University “one of the most rewarding experiences in our industry.” The students that Orr has instructed over the past five years have gone on to become successful PGA Professionals all over the country and the world.
In his position at Campbell University’s PGM Program, Orr develops the curriculum for and instructs academic courses like Player Development, Instructor Development, and PGM Internships. Orr also has conducted extensive research in putting for the past four years. He has published multiple articles based on his research on putting. This is Orr’s first award with the Carolinas PGA Section.

The 2012 PGA Merchandise Show

The PGA of America held its annual Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida from January 25th to the 28th. Many of our students made the trip down to check out all things golf for 2012 and to interview for internships and full-time positions. A highlight for many of our students and alumni was the annual Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Tournament inside of Disney. PGMSA Special Events Coordinator, Nathan Mead, organized the tournament that included twenty 2-person teams. Alumni Wes Roberts and TJ Yeaton shot 49 to win by three shots. Overall, the PGA Merchandise Show is a blast for our students and it provides the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry, PGA Golf Management students from other schools, and alumni from Campbell’s program.

CU Alumni Climbing to the Top

Two-thousand and eleven was good year for Campbell Alumni on the golf course. Two of our graduates, Sam Kang and Matt Noel, had great success playing in their PGA Section events.

Sam, a 2003 graduate, had two major wins this season. In September, Sam won the New Jersey PGA Professional Section Championship at Metedeconk National Golf Club by five strokes after shooting 70-68-73 (-5). By winning this event, Sam has been earned the right to play in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, CA. Just five days later, he shot 73-70 (-1) at Crestmont Country Club for a one shot victory in the 2011 New Jersey PGA Assistant Championship. This finish qualified him to play in the PGA National Assistant Championship for a third time. In the New Jersey State Open at Hollywood Golf Club, Sam shot 71-70-69 (-3) to finish in second place. For his great play, Sam was awarded the New Jersey PGA Assistant Player of the Year for the second straight year, and between these three events Sam took home $21,300 in prize.

Matt, class of 2008, found success playing in the Metropolitan Section Assistant’s events. Matt had four top 10 finishes this season, highlighted by a T-3 at the Assistants Tour Championship by shooting 69. Matt was able to drop his scoring average by nearly a shot and a half from 2010. As a result, Matt was awarded the Metropolitan Section Most Improved Player of the Year. Matt won nearly $5,000 in prize money for his performance this season and he is hoping to improve on that in 2012.

Congratulations to these great players and all of our other graduates who were successful in PGA Section events in 2011.

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