August News

Tales From the PGA Tour – The New Q-School

Pinehurst's Darron Stiles is optimistic about his start to the 2013 PGA Tour season.

Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles is optimistic about the Web.com Tour Finals.

 

Pinehurst member Darron Stiles is the Web.Com Tour’s all-time career money-winner, which people who don’t know any better would say makes him the Crash Davis of golf. That isn’t accurate, of course, because Stiles has had five seasons on the PGA Tour, and the Web.com Tour success has translated to more than $1.8 million in earnings. Stiles has also earned more than $1.6 million in his six PGA Tour seasons.

Take that, Nuke.

After an up-and-down season on the PGA Tour, Stiles now finds himself a part of the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-tournament sprint to determine the 50 players who will earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season. Stiles, a Pinehurst Country Club member, is a regular contributor to the Pinehurst Blog, and will share his experience in the new – and controversial – Tour qualifying process.

BY DARRON STILES

Howdy folks!  I am back after a self-induced hiatus. (Golf will do that to you.) I will be writing over the next few weeks about the new structure for the PGA Tour qualification process.

PGA Tour Q- School as we have come to know it over the last few decades is no more. We are beginning a new process this season to determine the 50 players who will graduate to the PGA Tour.

And I’m a part of it.

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Why Pinehurst in 2014?

 

Why Pinehurst in 2014? Why does the USGA feel like Pinehurst is the ideal setting to stage unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014?

It’s a question many asked when the initial announcement was made. It’s a question that continues to persist.

So over the course of the last year, we’ve asked some of the game’s best players a simple question:

Why Pinehurst?

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Pinehurst No. 2 – A Timeline of Greatness

CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS OF PINEHURST NO. 2

In 2007, Pinehurst Resort celebrated the Centennial of its most famed golf course, Pinehurst No. 2.  Site of more individual amateur and championship events, its history marks the story of the game itself – from early agronomy and course architecture, to the making of legends.  We invite you to share in its rich heritage.

Historic Timeline

A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives.

A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives

1907:    Pinehurst No. 2 opens as an 18-hole course for the fall season.  Total yardage:  5,860.

The Pinehurst Outlook  reports in 1907 “Pinehurst is now watched by the entire world in the affairs of golf, for it sets the fashion in this particular just as Paris is the center to which the world of fashion looks expectantly spring, summer, fall and winter.”

Donald Ross, course architect, incorporates such elements as 60 ft. square sand/clay greens, “whisker” mounds of native wire grass, cross hazards, and sand bunkers in front of the greens.

1908:    Walter Travis plays Pinehurst No. 2 in October and tells the local newspaper, “I know of no course, north or south, which provides a more thorough test or better golf, and none which gives such diversity.”

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The PGA Tour – Through the eyes of a 12-year-old son and his dad

Pinehurst Resort's Kelly Mitchum (purple shirt) walks down the 18th fairway of Sedgefield Country Club during the first round of the PGA Tour's 2013 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.

Pinehurst Resort’s Kelly Mitchum (purple shirt) walks down the 18th fairway of Sedgefield Country Club during the first round of the PGA Tour’s 2013 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.

 

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

Just imagine.

Imagine it’s a glorious day in mid-August. It’s unseasonably cool for this time of year. Humidity is but something to worry about tomorrow, not today. For today it was 65 when you woke up and got out to the golf course.

But you don’t think about any of those things.

Imagine you’re just a kid. And any other week, you are indeed just that. A kid. But this week you’re more than just a kid.

You’re his kid.

You wear a badge with your name and your picture on it. The badge does incredible things. This week, it gets you onto the practice putting green in front of the clubhouse, where Vijay Singh is. It gets you on the practice range, where Ernie Els is. It gets you into Players Dining, where Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker and Sergio Garcia and Davis Love II and Zach Johnson might be.

It gets you free Powerade.

Imagine wearing this badge.

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VIDEO: Gov. Pat McCrory talks Pinehurst – and a shank off a Masters Champion

 

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory took a few minutes after his round in the Wyndham Championship’s Pro-Am to chat about Pinehurst Resort, the 2014 U.S. Opens and their place in the economic development for North Carolina.

(Side note: That Masters champion he’s talking about plunking with his ball? It was this guy.

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