Our newest staff member is definitely a familiar face! Gabriella Sinkovic recently joined the NC State PGA Golf Management staff as Student Services Coordinator, but she is also a graduate of our program! She graduated in the Fall of 2014 with the PGA Golf Management degree, a Business Administration minor, and as a Valedictorian. She held all leadership positions while in the program and was also a Chancellor’s Aide for Chancellor Woodson!
Most recently, she was a seasonal Assistant Golf Professional at Interlachen Country Club (MN), Riomar Country Club (FL), and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club (MD). Please join us in welcoming her back into the family!
Luke Davis, a 2012 graduate of our program, recently embarked on an exciting excursion in Spring of 2017. He and close friend, Pete Phipps, set out on a two week journey to golf and bike by day and camp out by night, traveling from Portland, Oregon to the Monterey Peninsula in California! Strapping their golf clubs to small trailers on their bikes, they traveled 800 miles over 14 days and played nine rounds of golf along the way, including rounds at famed courses like Bandon Dunes and Pacific Grove Golf Links. You may have seen their trip covered on Morning Drive. Read more!
Dirty Larry Golf
Not your average golf company! Have you heard of the Navigator Putting Aid? Well 2013 PGM Graduate, Dave Nastalski, along with his wife, Elyssa, and a former Lonnie Poole Golf Course starter named “Dirty Larry” started the company in March of 2013 to bring the Navigator training aid to life. Dirty Larry initially envisioned selling his putting aid out of the trunk of his Cadillac to teaching professionals to improve their teaching business. However, after receiving alarming amounts of positive feedback, he knew he really created something special.
Now numerous teaching professionals and PGA/LPGA Tour players are using the Navigator to improve their putting stroke or those of their students. Check it out here!
Charlie Ipock (’09) qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship played at Pinehurst No. 2 in late May. Ipock, and teammate Thomas Hunter, were recent co-medalists at a U.S. Amateur Four Ball qualifier at The Reserve Golf Club at Pawleys Island, SC.
After graduating from the NC State PGA Golf Management program, Ipock went on to graduate from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, TX (’13). He currently practices law in Florence, SC. Read more about his qualifying event here.
Rackley wins Blaisdell Pro-Am Tournament
Josh Rackley (’13), PGA Professional at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club in Glen Head, NY, shot a 67 to win the $50,000 top pro prize at the 2016 Blaisdell Pro-Am at the Pennhills Club in Bradford, PA. The July 25 pro qualifier round narrowed the field down to 30 pros with Rackley taking home the top prize. This is the third tournament Rackley has won in the last 14 months! Other top honors include the PGA Senior-Junior Championship (Jan. ’16) and the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic (May ’15).
Altered Course Winners
Congratulations to our PGM Seniors, Anthony and Nicholas Capra, for winning the championship on Golf Channel’s “Altered Course.” This fast-paced series featured two-person teams that competed on extraordinary hole layouts exceeding 700 yards, while racing against time.