Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

With Shannon Scott, women’s game continues to thrive at Pinehurst

Shannon Scott. Photo by Abbi O'Leary

Shannon Scott. Photo by Abbi O’Leary

The Fayetteville Observer’s Stephen Schramm has a wonderful column about Pinehurst Resort head golf professional Shannon Scott, who proves that women’s golf at Pinehurst will continue to thrive long after the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open completes play this weekend. We encourage you read the entire column here, but here a couple of notable pullouts:

Last week, she was helping oversee the shuttles that ran players from the clubhouse to the 10th tee. On Monday, she was the starter at the first tee. For the rest of this week she’ll be heading up the crew running the players’ locker room, meaning she’s part tour guide, part concierge and an occasional opponent on the room’s popular ping pong table.
“I’ve got a little match coming up this afternoon,” Scott said Tuesday. “I need to practice a little bit. I can’t say that I’m a ping pong champion.”

 

Scott says many U.S. Women’s Open players have shown a huge interest in Scott’s position at Pinehurst:

Scott, 27, is the head golf professional for Pinehurst Nos. 1-5, a rarity in a male-dominated profession. She heads a staff of three assistants, two of which also are women.
“They’re like ‘Oh my God that’s awesome! You have three female pros here,’” Scott said of most players’ reaction.

Again, make sure you check out the entire piece.

 

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Video: The Lucy Li Show

At just 11 years old, Lucy Li already has the golf media eating out of the palm of her hand. Here are the best clips from an engaging – and hilarious – news conference today from Pinehurst in advance of the 69th U.S. Women’s Open.

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The U.S. Open Ping Pong Autographs

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Matt Kuchar, like several other players, autographed the Pinehurst Resort ping pong table in the locker room during the U.S. Opens.

So what do golfers like to do in their down time?

Play ping pong, of course.

And so Pinehurst Resort made sure that in the locker room for both weeks, a ping pong table (are we supposed to be calling it table tennis?) was made available. And it seems that the players are not only playing during breaks, they are also signing it.

Here are a few of the more notable autographs, and we’ll be sure to add more photos as the table continues to get covered.

Note: One name we couldn’t find: Martin Kaymer. Guess he had other things on his mind, or something.

Another note: Word from inside the locker room is that Matt Kuchar owned the locker room on the table.

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Video: Michelle Wie says Pinehurst No. 2 is in “perfect shape”

On her first visit to Pinehurst, Michelle Wie is getting chills and goosebumps. She’s also found a perfect golf course ready for a second consecutive U.S. Open, which has her hoping the LPGA Tour will be featured in back-to-back events again.

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Video: Justin Rose Honors Payne Stewart with Pose

Justin Rose has class.

Putting out to close his final round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Rose made his putt – with the cup in the same location as Payne’s fateful 15-footer in 1999 – and then struck the famous Payne Stewart pose, which is immortalized in bronze just a few steps away from No. 2′s 18th green. (CLICK THIS. SERIOUSLY. IT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER.)

(NOTE: If you cannot view the video above, go here.)

This was no surprise coming from Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open Champion. Consider what happened during a pre-U.S. Open practice round on Monday, June 2.

Playing with legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae, and his own caddie, Rose stepped off the first green and headed for the second tee nearby.

Just then, the Village Chapel, just across the street from No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, began to chime on the hour. The song? “God Save the Queen.”

Rose and his caddie, both Brits, immediately stopped. They turned toward the chimes, removed their caps, placed their hands over their hearts…AND SANG.

Pinehurst Caddiemaster Jimmy Smith was with the group, and witnessed the moment. Unfortunately, his phone was on his desk in the caddyshack, charging.

“It would’ve been the greatest video,” Smith said.

No worries, Jimmy. Now we’ve got this one.

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