Paige Cribb of Surfside Beach, the director of student support for Coastal Carolina University’s PGA Golf Management Program, has earned the 2014 Carolinas PGA Section’s Horton Smith Award, signifying outstanding contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA professional.
Cribb teaches a sophomore class as a faculty member and works with students as a swing instructor, and also serves as chairman of The Education Committee, The Apprentice Education Committee, and The Junior Golf Exchange, a local non-profit organization designed to provide golf clubs to juniors at no cost.
In February, Cribb was elected to a two-year term as Secretary of the CPGA, becoming the first female officer in the section’s almost 100-year history.
Cribb played golf at UNC Wilmington, was the head professional at Wachesaw Plantation East for seven years through October 2008, and was an assistant at Heritage Club, Legends Resort and Bay Tree Golf Plantation.
The Grand Strand won three of the 10 annual awards handed out by the CPGA to its professionals, as Bart Romano, the head professional at True Blue Golf Club, was named the Merchandiser of the Year in the Resort Course Category and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club head pro Marc Guertin was named Public Course merchandiser of the year.
The CPGA said in a release that Romano regularly introduces new products that aren’t typically found in pro shops and increased sales 20 percent this fiscal year, and Guertin directs staff members to take ownership of a merchandise area and help drive sales for that area.
By virtue of their CPGA honors, Romano and Guertin will be nominated for national merchandiser of the year honors.
Award winners will be recognized at the 22nd CPGA Special Awards and Honors Ceremony on Feb. 22 at The Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center in Greensboro, N.C.