Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Justin Thomas Wins 2017 PGA Championship in Charlotte

Justin Thomas at the 2017 PGA Championship
The youngest generation of pro golfers on the PGA Tour are in their 20’s, and 2017 is serving as their coming out party. When veteran player Sergio Garcia won the Masters, there was little indication that the remaining three major tournaments would be won by these younger pros. Brooks Koepka (age 27) won the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth (age 24) won the British Open and now Justin Thomas (age 24) wins the PGA Championship. The Quail Hollow golf course in downtown Charlotte proved to be a tough test for the best players in professional golf, as they competed for Glory’s Last Shot, at the 99th PGA Championship.

The three 2017 Major tournament winners;
A PGA Championship traditional pairing
It was Sunday afternoon during the final major of the season when 24-year old Justin Thomas showed his grit. He made a couple of dramatic birdies on Hole 13 and Hole 17 to take a two-stroke lead, allowing Thomas to clinch his first major golf tournament victory. He claimed the trophy for his family, since both his grandfather and father had been PGA golf pros. Despite winning three other golf tournaments in his short career, this win helps him keep pace with friend Jordan Spieth as the young guns race to collect major championship hardware.    

Bubba Watson blasts from a bunker at Quail Hollow
Quail Hollow underwent major renovations in 2016 ahead of hosting it’s first major event, closing the course for 89-days to install 43-acres of sod and to move and rearrange 200,000-pounds of earth. Many of the PGA Tour pros remarked at the PGA Championship how the course was nothing like the classic course that they remembered, including changing the surface of all 18 greens from bentgrass to bermudagrass. Quail Hollow will return to hosting the Wells Fargo tourney in the future, and Quail Hollow will also host the President’s Cup in 2021. The to Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the PGA Championship in 2021, and the event dates are moving to Springtime, meaning cooler temps and better breezes off the ocean.

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Russell Henley represents
 Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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2017 PGA Championship Logo on camo hat

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Production Line at Pioneer Boats set to Expand

A boat hull comes off the production line
Custom boat cushions are produced on site now
Henry Sikes is the Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Pioneer Boats, and has been on board to oversee the addition of two more boat lines built in Walterboro. “When Pioneer moved to Walterboro we only had six different hulls of Pioneer Boats that we built,” said Sikes. “But now we offer 18 models and that includes 11 Pioneer, 5 Bull’s Bay boats and 2 Avenger boats. All of these boats are formed in a boat mold and so just as the number of boat molds increases, so does the area needed to utilize them in a production line.”
The LARGE warehouse renovation connects to the Pioneer HQ
There is a trend in the saltwater boats business towards bigger is better. Larger boats require bigger engines, and so extra storage space is needed to store a variety of boat engines that customers may order with their new boat. The increase in storage space will also be used for bulk materials such as fuel tanks, propellers and other equipment that complete or customize boat orders. Having the necessary warehouse space on hand for this expansion is just one of the reasons that Carolina Composites is still happy about their move to Colleton County.
In another part of the warehouse some old office space that had gone unused is now being renovated to house the Crescent Cushion Company that will make boat cushions in-house. Amanda McSwain is already heading up the increase in boat cushion production, and overseeing the renovation of the old office space to accommodate her sewing needs. She is a sister to Carolina Composites co-owners Roy McSwain and Mike Holmes, and so this shows how they plan to keep this a family business into the future as much as possible.

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