NCPMA Inaugural "Bug Cup" Charity Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Endowment

On Oct. 5, more than 100 golfers, volunteers and supporters with the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) gathered at the Crooked Tree Golf Course in Brown Summit, N.C. for a charity golf tournament affectionally dubbed “The 2022 Bug Cup.” The tournament raised more than $10,000 to benefit NCPMA Charities and the NCPMA Extension Program Endowment in Honor of Mike Waldvogel.

This was the inaugural year for the charity golf event designed to raise funds for various charities, including the NCPMA Extension Program Endowment in Honor of Dr. Mike Waldvogel at North Carolina State University (NCSU). 

The Endowment supports the ongoing work of NCSU, focusing on supporting positions that directly contribute to the education of the pest management industry. Waldvogel is a retired Extension Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at NCSU’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. 

Twenty-seven golf teams and 19 sponsors, led by title sponsor Syngenta, raised more than $10,000. 

“We are thrilled with the results of our first ever charity golf tournament,” said tournament director Kyle Franklin, who is a Manufacturer Representative for BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions based out of Research Triangle Park. “The Crooked Tree Golf Course was a fantastic partner for this event, and we thank them for their hospitality and phenomenal course.” 

“The Bug Cup allowed pest control professionals from across the state to come together to network and have fun while also contributing to a great cause,” said NCPMA president Marie Horner, Vice President of Government Affairs for Arrow Exterminators. 

Additional information on the Extension Program Endowment can be found at