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Vietnam vets reconnect at Pinehurst No. 2

Vietnam vets reconnect via Facebook

Terry Heyl and Dave Langley pose for a photo before a round on Pinehurst No. 2. The Vietnam veterans reconnected Friday after more than 40 years.

Terry Heyl and Dave Langley were a bundle of nerves as they approached the Pinehurst clubhouse this morning.

And rightly so. The Air Force veterans hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years.

“You don’t know what to expect,” Heyl said.

Of course, the meeting went smoothly. They shook hands, they smiled, they laughed.

Heyl and Langley, roommates during the Vietnam War, reconnected through a post on the Pinehurst Facebook page back in September.

Langley left a comment under a photo of the Carolina Hotel and 20 minutes later Heyl asked “Were you in Da Nang?”

“Were you in Da Nang?” “YES. OMG. Terry!”

Langley’s response, “YES. OMG. Terry!”

“I was going to just type ‘Yes,’ but then I saw the name and thought ‘Oh my god, that’s incredible,’” Langley said. “It felt really good.”

It seems the stars aligned for the chance meeting. Terry joined Facebook just month before the two reconnected. Heyl primarily uses the social media platform to stay in touch with family.

“I never write on Facebook,” Heyl said. “Never.”

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The Facebook post that reconnected Terry Heyl and Dave Langley.

Their first face-to-face meeting included light-hearted joking and story swapping before they set off for a round on Pinehurst No. 2.

“We thought we were playing No. 4, so this is a great surprise to us,” Langley said.

Heyl’s son-in-law, John Jefferys, arranged the surprise switcheroo. Jefferys is the new superintendent of No. 2.

“We competed against each other in everything that was available,” Langley said. “We even played golf in a war zone.”

“What better place to meet than Pinehurst No. 2,” Langley said. “Is there any place better in the world?”

During their time in Vietnam, the men were close but competitive. They played everything from basketball to ping pong together.

“We competed against each other in everything that was available,” Langley said. “We even played golf in a war zone.”

Heyl and Langley don’t intend to let another 40 years pass without seeing each other.

“We’ll probably make this a regular thing,” Langley said. “Anytime he comes down to see the grandkids I think we’ll get together.”

Read more about Heyl and Langley’s Facebook connection here.

 

 

 

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A Merry vintage Christmas from Pinehurst

It’s Throwback Thursday and Christmas is just a week away, so we thought we would dig through the archives to bring you some vintage photos.

Most of the images we found were shot at the Carolina Hotel during the 1940s, proving the holiday season was just as special then as it is now.

Enjoy this look back.

Note: Click the photos to enlarge images.

A sleeping child waits for Santa. (Date unknown)

A sleeping child waits for Santa. (Date unknown)

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Clarkie’s fan base expands

We’ve been fans of a brave 12-year-old named Clarkie Carroll for nearly a year.

It started when his family shared a trick shot video filmed not long after Clarkie wrapped up 10 months of chemotherapy for a rare form of bone cancer. Read his story here.

It’s impossible not to cheer on Clarkie, who seems shy when speaking, but has a golf swing that carries confidence. He’s bravely stared cancer in the face and come out on the other side swinging.

The rest of the golf world fell in love with him Wednesday when he stole the show in a trick shot video filmed with the Bryan Brothers at Pinehurst.

Take a look at where the video landed and what people had to say about our pal Clarkie.

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Bryan Brothers amaze with latest trick shots

“Crazy deflections. Amazing timing. The Bryan Brothers took their act on the road to Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 men’s and women’s U.S. Opens.

“In a charitable twist, they even got 12-year-old cancer survivor Clarkie Carroll into the action.”

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Cancer survivor with Pinehurst ties stars in Bryan Brothers video

Twelve-year-old Clarkie Carroll has had a memorable year.

He wrapped up 10 months of chemotherapy in May to become cancer free.

Shortly after his final treatement, he produced our favorite trick shot of the year.

A few months later, he won the Glens Falls Country Club Junior Championship. 

And just before Thanksgiving, he teamed up with the trick shot artists the Bryan Brothers to film a video that serves as both entertainment and a call to action.

You see, the Bryan Brothers have climbed to celebrity status in the golf world. Their videos are now posted on Golf Digest’s website and they are often picked up by TV shows like Gold Channel’s “Morning Drive.”

This is good news for Clarkie and his family, who are working to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that funds research for childhood cancers.

Clarkie, whose grandparents live at Pinehurst No. 7, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma more than a year ago.  He’s had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was) and replaced by a titanium prosthesis. Fifty-four treatments and 17 rounds of chemo followed. Along the way, father Dave says Clarkie had “zero complaints.”

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Our Top 10 Tweets of 2014

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We learned a few things when we started looking at our top tweets of 2014.

First, you all were REALLY excited about the back-to-back U.S. Open championships. Our tweets leading up to historic event were some of the most popular of the year and the tweets sent out during the tournaments went viral with hundreds of retweets and favorites.

Rickie Fowler’s fashion tribute to golf great Payne Stewart spread like wildfire on social media, becoming one of the most talked about moments of 2014.

Another lesson: Scotty McCreery has awesome fans. When the American Idol winner played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time back in April, his loyal followers flocked to our blog to see what the singer thought about the Donald Ross course. Oh, and he sang a few bars.

Golf’s leading ladies also got plenty of love on our Twitter feed this year. It seemed any tweet mentioning tween Lucy Li turned to gold and Michelle Wie became a newsmaker when she won her first major title at Pinehurst.

Take a look our top 10 tweets of the year and be sure to follow us in 2015.

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