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The Story Behind Kelly Mitchum’s Amazing 3-Putt

By Lee Pace

Enter the phrase “Kelly Mitchum Pinehurst 3 putt” in a Google search box and in 0.93 seconds you’ll get 3,140 results. PGA.com anointed Mitchum a “magician.” He’s been fêted on CBSSports.com and on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program and given a cyber pat-on-the-back by noted golf blogger Geoff Shackelford.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” says Mitchum, a longtime instructor in the Pinehurst Golf Academy.

They say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. Mitchum’s had a dose of golf fame in qualifying four times for the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four “majors,” while holding down a full-time job at Pinehurst.

Now his fame is taking a wholly different presence with a 20-second, self-produced video posted July 10 on Pinehurst.com that shows Mitchum executing a “trick shot” on a practice putting green — three putts struck within one second of each other, traveling on different paths and reaching the bottom of the same hole in rapid-fire succession.

What makes the feat so awe-inspiring is that the third putt hits the hole first, followed by the second, followed by the first.

“A lot of conversations are getting started these days, ‘Hey, I saw your three-putt,’” says Mitchum. “It’s been interesting. I got an email from a guy in India who’d been to our golf school a while back and had seen it. It’s pretty amazing.”

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It’s the product of some imagination and skill on the part of Mitchum, 44, a former N.C. State golfer and winner of the 1993 North and South Amateur. And it’s a product as well of today’s social-media conscious world that gobbles up short and sweet bits of content like M&Ms.

By late August, the Mitchum clip on YouTube had more than 115,000 views. A Vine posting had registered more than 920,000 “loops,” as they’re known on the site comprised of 6-second video clips, and conceivably could reach 1 million. The “news” page of the Pinehurst website where the Mitchum video is housed has generated some 75,000 views. … Continue Reading

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Mona Jackson hits 4 Pinehurst courses on her quest to play 50 this year

We recently caught up with Mona Jackson, a North Carolina native who is on a quest to play 50 golf courses before her 50th birthday in December.

Mona played a little golf growing up, tagging along with her father for a few holes here and there, but caught the fever about 25 years ago.

Lucky for us, Mona chose to play four Pinehurst courses earlier this month. Here’s a quick Q & A about her journey.

Q: Where did the idea for #50CoursesFor50Years come from?

A: I am going to be 50 years old Dec. 16, 2015 and I had been thinking about doing something golf-related for some time. Golf has been a big part of my life the past 25 years and in some way I wanted to give something back to the game while celebrating this milestone birthday. A friend of mine had just completed a 40 year milestone of trying 40 breweries in her 40th year, so I thought, why not golf courses. My goal is to play 50 different golf courses between my 49th and 50th birthdays.

Q: How did you decide which courses you’ll play?

A: “There were a number of factors involved: My work schedule, travel involved, expense, course favorites. I picked some of my favorites and then some I had not played before. I started Dec. 15, 2014 at Doral – great course, but very hard.”

Q: What made you want to include Pinehurst? 

A: First of all, I am from North Carolina, so playing at Pinehurst was a no brainer. Secondly, I love the Pinehurst area – the charm, the history, the people – spending a week there was an amazing vacation experience.

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#WeAreUSKidsGolf

U.S. Kids Golf has quickly become a big part of Pinehurst history, and just this summer, U.S. Kids celebrated 10 years of holding its World Championships at Pinehurst.

The experience of visiting with these tremendous kids and their families for two weeks every summer makes for one of our best moments in golf, and we’re fortunate to enjoy it on an annual basis. Few things can match walking through the Pinehurst clubhouse during U.S. Kids and hearing 5-10 different languages just by walking from one end of the hall to the other.

We look forward to the years to come.

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Four members of the 2015 Solheim Cup team are Pinehurst champions

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A third of the 2015 Solheim Cup team have claimed victories at Pinehurst.  

Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Alison Lee won the Women’s North & South Amateur Championship in 2003, 2004 and 2014, respectively. And it’s impossible to forget Michelle Wie’s first major win at the 2014 U.S. Open. 

Congratulations, ladies! Cheer on the team Sept. 18-20.

Click here to meet the entire team. Learn more about the elite group of women who have won at Pinehurst over at PinehurstStories.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sommelier ready to talk wine, sake during Taste of the New South

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Wine is her first love, but sake isn’t far behind.

Sara Guterbock, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, will share her knowledge of both beverages during Taste of the New South.

She’ll join Chef Dan Lewis, oyster educator and owner of Coastal Provisions, to present Wine & Brine, Oysters and Wine 101 on Saturday, Sept. 5. Guterbock said Lewis will share his extensive knowledge of oysters, including information about why they are a green food source and which types to eat raw versus baked.

Lewis will prepare five different oysters on the half shell for the audience to enjoy with a wine selection.

“We’ll discuss the science behind oyster and wine pairings – what makes it work, what makes it more difficult,” Guterbock said.

Guterbock said the two have selected a good variety of wines.

“Most people feel you’ve got to go with very classical pairings with oysters,” she said. “We’re going to do a couple of those, but we’ll also pair a raw oyster with red wine. I think it’s going to be pretty fascinating for people.”

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