Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Pinehurst’s Putter Boy included as one of golf’s must-see landmarks

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Golf Digest lists Pinehurst’s Putter Boy among golf’s greatest landmarks.

Pinehurst and the Putter Boy go hand-in-hand. Two-time U.S. Open Champion – and two-time North & South Amateur Champion – Curtis Strange sees the connection as well as anyone. “Weren’t we all that Putter Boy once? I was,” he told us recently.

“It’s the coolest symbol in all of golf,” Strange adds.

Golf Digest this week collected what it feels are golf’s most treasured landmarks, and there among Augusta’s Amen Corner and The Old Course’s Swilcan Bridge, Golf Digest lists Pinehurst’s iconic Putter Boy. It’s an honor that humbles us here at Pinehurst greatly, and one we don’t take lightly.

And neither, it seems, do those who visit Pinehurst. Perhaps it’s the second stop after a moment with the Payne Stewart statue, or maybe the first, but the Putter Boy standing between Pinehurst’s two main putting greens offers a glimpse into Pinehurst lore and legend, one that has been woven over a century. Below are just a few of the images you, our guests, shared with us.

Also, here are a few of our favorite Putter Boy Images:

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Father looks forward to sharing golf, Pinehurst with children

When Chris Snyder and wife Lindsey found out they were having a son, they knew they wanted to incorporate a golf theme into his newborn photo shoot.

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Born July 14, 2016, Lincoln Alex Snyder may be the youngest Pinehurst fan around. (Photo by Penny Layne Photography)

“I have loved the game of golf and its rich history my entire life,” Chris said.

Chris’ yearly trip to Pinehurst for the Healthcare Financial Management Association North Carolina Chapter’s Annual Meeting was just a few months before the birth of son, Lincoln Alex Snyder.

During his visit, he gathered a few props to create a perfect picture.

“This photo reminds me of the energy and southern hospitality I experience when I walk through the Carolina Hotel, golf and gift shops, the Village and the courses,” he said.

Chris is looking forward to introducing Lincoln and his 3-year-old daughter, Aniston, to the sport he loves.

“My hope is to walk under the whispering pines with my daughter and son sharing my passion for the game and the history of Pinehurst.”

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Chris, Lindsey, 3-year-old Aniston and newborn Lincoln reside in Omaha, Nebraska, but they are big fans of Pinehurst. (Photo by Penny Layne Photography)

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Pinehurst to host annual Military Appreciation Day

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Pinehurst Resort will host its annual Military Appreciation Day on Monday, Sept. 5, providing complimentary golf at Pinehurst No. 4.

Active military and their spouses are offered complimentary golf as well as discounts on Spa, dining and retail

Pinehurst Resort will host its annual Military Appreciation Day on Monday, Sept. 5, providing complimentary golf and special discounts to active members of the military and their spouses.

Golf will be offered on Pinehurst No. 4 with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m. Active duty military and their spouses also will receive a 25 percent discount on any 50-minute spa service, 20 percent off selected merchandise in the Resort’s retail shops and a 15 percent discount at Resort restaurants.

“With the amazing sacrifices our incredible military makes for all of us, we want to show Pinehurst’s appreciation. We hope this gives our military a chance to enjoy a day of recreation and relaxation.” -Ben Bridgers, Pinehurst’s director of golf

“With the amazing sacrifices our incredible military makes for all of us, we want to show Pinehurst’s appreciation,” said Ben Bridgers, Pinehurst’s director of golf. “We hope this gives our military a chance to enjoy a day of recreation and relaxation.”

Active duty military will need to show a military ID upon arrival, but are encouraged to make advance reservations, as space will be filled quickly. Tee times can be made by calling (910) 235-8760 beginning at 8 a.m. on Sept. 1. Appointments for the Spa can be made immediately by calling (910) 235-8320.

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Pinehurst No. 2 – One of the very best courses YOU can play

Golf.com’s latest installment of the its Top 100 Courses You Can Play was revealed recently, and it hails Pinehurst No. 2 as one of the very best golf courses the public can play anywhere in the United States.

With its unique history as the Cradle of American Golf where all of the game’s greatest players – men and women – have played, Pinehurst No. 2 comes in at a lofty 3rd on Golf.com’s list. No. 2 offers perhaps the purest golf experience of any course on the list.

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Golf.com explains:

3. Pinehurst Resort No. 2
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Donald Ross’s 108-year-old chef d’oeuvre rolls gently and spaciously through tall Longleaf pines in the Carolina Sandhills, with holes culminating in the legendary “inverted saucer” greens that have confounded the game’s very best since they were first grassed in 1935. For the 2014 U.S. Open, a Coore-Crenshaw restoration brought back the tawny-edged fairways and native roughs last seen in the 1940s.
We’re proud to be on the list. To find out how you can play Pinehurst No. 2 – and to challenge yourself on any of Pinehurst Resort’s nine championship golf courses, please go here.

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Simson makes Pinehurst history with eighth North & South Amateur title

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With his victory at the 2016 Senior North & South Amateur, Paul Simson is now the winningest golfer all-time at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Simson has won more championships at Pinehurst than any golfer in history

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – His scorecard signed and attested, Paul Simson sought to find some shade. He settled into his golf cart, his phone in hand. He needed to make a quick call. Then he had a text or two to send.

All of these actions were done with an ever-widening smile on his face. The moment was almost too much.

After all, he had just done something no one has ever done in the 120-year history of Pinehurst.

Paul Simson won his eighth North & South Amateur championship on Thursday – his sixth North & South Senior Amateur – to become the all-time winningest golfer at Pinehurst.

“Who else in the world can say they have their name on the Pinehurst wall of honor more than anyone else?” Simson said, the smile never leaving. “It’s really cool to have done it just once. To have it more than anybody else is pretty special.”

Over 20 years ago, before he won his first North & South Amateur, Simson couldn’t bring himself to even look at the wall of names of past champions in Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s famed clubhouse.

Sure, Simson knew all the names, and knew them well. But even for the man who seems to have won every amateur title imaginable, it was the thought of having his name emblazoned in bronze at Pinehurst that sent the chill through him.

“I wouldn’t even go by the wall,” Simson said of that time. “I just wanted my name to go up there so much, I couldn’t even bring myself to look at it.”

Now, it’s up there eight times, twice on the North & South Amateur wall – in 1995 and 1996; Simson is the last man to have won back-to-back North & South championships – and now six times in the Senior North & South – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015 and in the 65th playing of the event, in 2016.

With the 1-shot victory over Pinehurst resident Macon Moye, Simson on Thursday eclipsed 7-time North & South Amateur Champion George Dunlap, 7-time Women’s North & South Amateur Champion Estelle Lawson Page, and Carolyn Cudone, who won six Senior Women’s North & Souths and one Women’s North & South Amateur.

“Doing something special in golf is always something you strive for or hope to achieve,” Simson said. “To win a state amateur or a mid-amateur or a senior amateur, but Pinehurst being the premier golf resort in the country, to have your name up there more than anybody else is incredible.”

That says a lot coming from Simson, 65, a legend in amateur golf. He’s won more than 200 titles, and in 2010, he won the British Amateur, the Canadian Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur in a span of 55 days. In 2008, Simson played in the U.S. Senior Open, the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and the U.S. Senior Amateur.

But the possibility of winning for the eighth time at Pinehurst weighed heavily on Simson’s mind.

“I have to admit, I’m surprised I thought about it as much as I did,” he said.

Simson had to close strongly to win the championship, and did so, making birdie on the 16th and 18th holes of Pinehurst No. 5 to rally and claim the victory over Moye, who had eagled 17.

“I didn’t really think about it last night,” said Simson, a Raleigh resident. “But on the drive down here and today while I was playing, I thought about it. And sometimes it was a curse and sometimes it was a motivator.”

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Canada’s Judith Kyrinis won the Senior Women’s North & South Amateur for the second straight year. (Photo by Thomas Tooohey Brown)

Simson wasn’t the only champion on Thursday to defend his title. Canada’s Judith Kyrinis, who won the 58th Senior Women’s North & South Amateur a year ago, fired a tournament-low 69 on Pinehurst No. 1 to win by 10 shots over Amy Ellertson and Marie-Therese Torti to successfully  – and emphatically – defend her championship.

“I’ve had a lot of people over the last year text me and email me when they saw my name in the hallway when they visited Pinehurst,” Kyrinis said. “It really is an honor to have your name up there forever and your picture up for the year. I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled again.”

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Patty Moore won her sixth Putter Boy trophy after winning the Super Senior Women’s North & South Amateur for the third time. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Pinehurst Country Club member Patty Moore won the Super Senior Women’s North & South by a stroke over Beatriz Arenas, winning a coveted Putter Boy trophy for the sixth time. Moore, who won the Senior Women’s North & South three times, has now won three Super Senior titles.

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Don Donatoni won the 2016 Super Senior North & South Amateur at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Don Donatoni, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, shot a 3-under 69 on Pinehurst No. 8 to win the Super Senior North & South Amateur by one shot over Logan Jackson.

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