Surfside Beach’s Cribb makes history in Carolinas PGA

ablondin@thesunnews.comFebruary 17, 2014 

Paige Cribb of Surfside Beach was elected Monday to a two-year term as Secretary of the Carolinas Section of the PGA of America, becoming the first female officer in the CPGA’s almost 100-year history.

The election took place during the 21st Carolinas PGA Merchandise Show and Annual Meeting at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center.

“That didn’t play a part into it, but I was well aware that should I get elected I would be the first female in an officer position in our section,” Cribb said. “At the end of the day there just aren’t that many women in our section. But I feel I can make a difference and that’s the bottom line why I wanted to do this.”

Paige was one of two up for secretary on the ballot, and a large contingent from Myrtle Beach attended the show and meetings and helped her earn the post. “She’s very respected by everyone in Myrtle Beach and we’re all really proud of her,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Management, which operates five Grand Strand courses.

Cribb, 45, is the director of student support for Coastal Carolina University’s PGA Golf Management Program, teaches a sophomore class as a faculty member and also works with students as swing instructor. She serves on the national PGA of America Inclusion Committee, having been appointed to that committee by PGA president Ted Bishop, and had been just the second woman to serve on the CPGA board as the Area 7 Director in recent years.

Cribb was the head professional at Wachesaw Plantation East for seven years through October 2008, previously worked as an assistant at Heritage Club, Legends Resort and Bay Tree Golf Plantation, and also worked in the golf business in Charleston. She played golf at UNC Wilmington.

Cribb said she prefers her current mentoring role at CCU to overseeing a golf course operation. “If I were to run a golf course again I’d do a better job because of my experience at Coastal,” Cribb said. “I’ve learned as much as hopefully the students by me being there.”

The annual CPGA Merchandise Show was held in Myrtle Beach for its first 20 years, but its move followed the CPGA’s relocation of its headquarters to Greensboro in November 2011 after 35 years on the Strand.

Women have been featured at this year’s event. Famous Southern Pines golf instructor Peggy Kirk Bell became the first woman enshrined into the CPGA Hall of Fame on Sunday during the CPGA’s Special Awards and Honors Night.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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