Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

After U.S. Open successes, Pinehurst promotes Robinson, Jeffreys

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club announces the promotions of Kevin Robinson to Golf Course Maintenance Manager and John Jeffreys to Superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2.

Both played instrumental roles in Pinehurst’s successful hosting of this summer’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – where Robinson served as Superintendent and Jeffreys as Assistant Superintendent.

“Kevin and John both have showed tremendous leadership and expertise, particularly in leading Pinehurst through the challenges of hosting two major championships in consecutive weeks,” said Bob Farren, Director of Golf Course & Grounds Management at Pinehurst Resort. “We’re excited about what they will continue to bring to Pinehurst.”

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Assistant Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and Golf Course Maintenance Manager Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

In his new role, Robinson will be responsible for the daily golf course management of all nine courses at Pinehurst. A native of Morganton, N.C., and an N.C. State graduate (’92, B.S. Agronomy), Robinson has been at Pinehurst since 1992. He first worked as a spray tech on Pinehurst No. 7 before becoming Superintendent of Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5 in 1998 and Superintendent of Nos. 6 and 7 in 1999.

He was named Superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2 in 2010, and since then effectively guided the course through a major restoration project, two major championships and the recent greens conversion to Ultradwarf Bermudagrass

Jeffreys, a native of Wendell, N.C., and also a graduate of N.C. State (B.S., Agronomy), has been at Pinehurst since 2000, when he served as an intern on Pinehurst No. 7. He was named Assistant Superintendent on Pinehurst No. 6 in 2001 and Assistant Superintendent on Pinehurst No. 2 in 2006.

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Payne and…The Light

Did you catch it? The flash of light? Revealed as part of a longer time lapse video (view it below), note the eerie flash of light illuminating the Payne Stewart statue behind the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2.

Just one of the many little things we liked about archiving Pinehurst No. 2 in the 10 weeks following the U.S. Opens. We think it’s much, much more than just watching grass grow. To wit:

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Arnie’s list…

In 2011, Golf Digest posed a question to some of the game’s greats: Of the countless American golf courses you HAVE played, what ranks in your top 10?

Among the lists, a handwritten one from the great Arnold Palmer:

Arnie'sList

Seeing the list again recently, it reminded us of our interview with The King himself during the Monday practice round (Check out some of the comments at that link) of the 2014 U.S. Open. Mr. Palmer was seated on the East Veranda overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2, greeting visitors, wielding a Sharpie should someone want an autograph, and posing for photos. With us, he spoke of his love of Pinehurst, of the restoration of No. 2, and of his father – and of the one tournament title that got away:

As for the above question, here are a few more players who listed No. 2:

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Michelle Wie’s very cool time-lapse painting – and shoes

2014 U.S. Open Champion Michelle Wie has been off the golf course lately battling an injury, but it isn’t slowing down one of her other passions – painting.

Wie just posted a pretty cool time lapse of her work on Instagram, which can be viewed above.

Pretty dope. (Sorry, couldn’t help it. Forgive us.)

Also, check out the new shoes Michelle got from Nike. Pretty cool. #USOpenChamp
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Martin and Michelle…Welcome (back) to Pinehurst

Trophy Case 1

Photo by John Gessner – Click to Enlarge

While the historic – and fervent – two weeks of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open have passed, it’s still really busy at Pinehurst.

While plans continue to develop on how the back-to-back national championships will be displayed in Pinehurst’s venerable Clubhouse hallway, the first indications of the triumphant two weeks were visible on Thursday, Aug. 14, when the nameplates honoring Pinehurst’s two most recent champions – Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie – were installed in the trophy case.

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