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