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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


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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The Biggest Laugh of the Year

We think the best sound bite in all of golf in 2014 came from Pinehurst.

And it was just one word.


Then, raucous laughter, and, if you watch the full clip here, you’ll hear it…clapping.

The biggest story entering the 69th U.S. Women’s Open – bigger than whether Pinehurst No. 2 would hold up (it did, which we heard first from Michelle Wie during the first player news conference of the women’s week) – was how 11-year-old Lucy Li would fare on the world stage in the biggest women’s golf event of the year.

Her team – basically just her mother and father – did not grant interviews before the tournament week, and settled on one media meeting before the tournament – in the large media center interview room on Wednesday. In less than 2 minutes, the little girl had charmed the entire room, breaking up seasoned journalists with quips about her favorite golfers, and in this memorable moment, her dad’s game.

“Can your dad beat you?”

Li giggles, and can barely get the word out.


That was it. From there, Lucy Li owned the first few days of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Watch: Lucy Li talking Donald Ross and No. 2…while eating ice cream. #USWomensOpen #Eleven

A video posted by Pinehurst Resort (@pinehurstresort) on

And her caddie, Pinehurst’s own Bryan Bush, wasn’t bad either:

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Back-to-back U.S. Opens one of Golf World’s Newsmakers of the Year


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It’s a first no one will ever forget. 

The USGA’s decision to host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst during consecutive weeks was a risk worth the reward. Executive Director Mike Davis said the two-week experiment will “rank right up there with the best ever.”

It’s no surprise Gold World has named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.

“A few years from now, I think we’ll look back and say it was a seminal moment in the game of golf and championship golf and (for) sustainability of the game,” Davis told Golf World. “It’s going to be hard to give these two weeks enough accolades for what they’re going to mean.”

Davis shares more of his thoughts in a previous post.

Dave Shedloski, who wrote the piece for Gold World, said the championships also were successful on a “sub-plot level” because of the course conditions, which included sandy native areas brought to life during a restoration by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Rory McIlroy, who joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to have won four majors by age 25,  tops Golf World’s list of the top newsmakers. See the full list online.

We talked to Rory during a practice round before the U.S. Open got underway. Here’s his take on Pinehurst No. 2:

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Make the Ryder Cup’s Shrimp & Grits in your kitchen




Melt-in-your mouth.

The Ryder Cup Lounge touts the Shrimp & Grits as one of its signature dishes for a reason.

If you’re too far away to stop by the restaurant for your fix, consider making them at home.

Our chefs share the recipe, which makes four servings.


Shrimp marinade

20 Large shrimp tails, peeled & deveined

3 cups Olive oil

6 sprigs Fresh thyme, de-stemmed and chopped

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