Paige Cribb, PGA, director of student support for the PGA Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University, has been elected as the first woman president of the Carolinas PGA (CPGA) Section.
“This is historically significant, not only for the Carolinas PGA, but for the entire PGA of America,” according to the CPGA. “It is part of the PGA of America’s foundational plan that we will be defined by our commitment to diversity and inclusion that resonates throughout the PGA of America, its programs and practices. With Cribb in this position, this helps further our commitment and support of this important imitative for the game of golf.”
A native of Georgetown, S.C., Cribb earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she was a member of the women’s golf team, and her Master of Business Administration from Coastal Carolina University. She began her career at CCU in October 2008 after serving as the head golf professional at Wachesaw Plantation East in Murrells Inlet and assistant head professional at Baytree Golf Plantation and Legends Resort.
Cribb has served the CPGA in various capacities. She was elected area VII director in 2011; area directors are elected by geographical location. She was elected to serve a two-year term as secretary of the CPGA in 2014, and as vice president in 2016. She has also been invited as a featured speaker during the PGA’s Annual Merchandise Show and Education Seminar in Orlando, Fla.
“I just happen to be a woman and a PGA member who enjoys the game and business of golf,” says Cribb. “I am grateful and honored to represent the CPGA, the largest of the 41 sections. Being the first female is awesome, but was definitely not a factor or a thought when I decided to run back in 2011 as area VII director. At CCU, my passion is to help our students reach their career goals, and that same passion drives me to help our 2,300 CPGA members and associates reach their career goals. I am proud to be a member of the CPGA leadership team because they are dedicated and focused on providing resources to our PGA professionals and to growing the game of golf.”
Cribb’s duties as CPGA president include presiding over the section’s annual meeting and section board of directors’ meetings; appointing committees and chairpersons; representing the section at national PGA meetings, serving as the chief spokesperson for the section; and working closely with the section executive director on the section’s business development strategic plan.
“Paige will continue to provide outstanding leadership as president of the Carolinas PGA Section,” says Will Mann, PGA, director of the PGA Golf Management Program at CCU and former president of the PGA of America. “Paige is also highly respected nationally throughout the PGA’s 41 sections and has served on many PGA of America committees. She represents Coastal Carolina University and our PGA Golf Management Program at the highest level.”
The CPGA section was founded at Greensboro Country Club in May 1923 and was officially recognized as a section of the PGA of America in 1940. The CPGA headquarters is currently located in Greensboro, N.C., and has more than 2,000 professional members. It hosts more than 200 tournaments annually.
Cribb will serve as president of the Carolinas PGA Section until 2020.
The PGA Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University is one of 18 golf management programs accredited by the PGA of America. The program, which currently enrolls more than 200 students, prepares students for a successful career in the golf industry by combining academic studies in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration and professional golf-training experiences. Students who have completed CCU’s PGA Golf Management Program have led successful careers as club or teaching professionals, golf-association administrators, representatives of golf equipment manufacturers or trade publications and more.
For more information, visit www.coastal.edu/business/pga.