Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Kobe Bryant’s Golf Swing

You’ve seen Charles Barkley’s attempts at, uh, a golf swing.

Here’s Kobe Bryant.

Some advice for Kobe:

Don’t take on MJ any time soon.

That said…Kobe, we can get you there. If you see this, we’d be happy to set you up in a Pinehurst Golf Academy School.

Let us know. Seriously.

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Welcome back, U.S. Kids

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Pinehurst is proud to welcome back U.S. Kids Golf for two weeks of world championship play!

 

There is nothing better than seeing kids experience the joy of our game:

 

Or to hear the myriad languages experience the world of Pinehurst:

 

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Growth…

No. 2 Greens Bermuda

Really, it only takes one picture to reveal how the Pinehurst No. 2 greens conversion process is going.

And it’s going well.

Just 2 weeks ago, it was this:

Green grass is already beginning to appear on the 18th green of No. 2. The course will reopen in Spetember.

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The No. 2 Starter’s Box…and what it means

“Of all the golf centers in the world, there is perhaps only one that comes close to sharing the ideas and aspirations of St. Andrews – ‘Pinehurst.’”

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Ahead of the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens, Pinehurst further solidified its relationship with the Old Course at St. Andrews with the dedication of the No. 2 Starter’s Box, built to resemble the longtime starter’s box that once stood at the first tee on Old Course.

But while it’s one thing for Pinehurst to say it enjoys ties to St. Andrews, it’s another for St. Andrews to reaffirm that relationship. And upon seeing the new No. 2 starter’s box before a round at the U.S. Open, that’s exactly what St. Andrews Links Trust Chief Executive Euan Loudon did in the video above.

And for us, that feels pretty special.

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Alison Lee triumphs in 19 holes to win 112th Women’s North & South Amateur

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Alison Lee, the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur Champion

SCORES

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – She is the reigning Pac-12 Conference Champion. She’s played in three U.S. Women’s Opens and made the cut there when she was just 14. In 2013, she made the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. And this season, she won the inaugural Annika Award, given to the top women’s college golfer in the country.

But it was her triumph over Lori Beth Adams in 19 holes in the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur on Saturday at Pinehurst No. 8 that makes Alison Lee believe.

Believe in herself.

“To have my name next to all of those legends, it’s not even an emotion I can describe because it’s so cool,” said Lee, clutching the coveted Putter Boy trophy close to her chest. “It just shows I have the ability to be able to make it out there on Tour as well, and to play well. That’s what I eventually want to do.”

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Eight of the last 11 North & South Champions before Lee, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at UCLA, have earned their LPGA Tour cards, and the founders of the LPGA Tour have won the Women’s North & South. The 111th champion, Ally McDonald, is a close friend of Lee’s, was a Curtis Cup teammate, and on Saturday, a semifinal opponent whose dream of becoming the first back-to-back North & South winner in 15 years died at the hands of Lee.

“To have my name next to all of those legends, it’s not even an emotion I can describe because it’s so cool. It just shows I have the ability to be able to make it out there on Tour as well, and to play well. That’s what I eventually want to do.” – Alison Lee

But as much of a thrill that 2&1 victory over McDonald on Saturday morning was, it was the fight given by Adams, a North Carolina native and graduate of nearby UNC Wilmington, that elevated Lee’s performance.

Through 13 holes, Lee was 4 under, and nearly had a one-in-hole on the par-3 5th. Yet though 13, the match remained all square. Adams, who defeated 2013 North & South semifinalist Michelle Piyapattra 1 up in the morning, made six putts of 9 feet or longer to either win or halve holes to stay in the match, never allowing Lee to move ahead by more than two holes.

 

Lori Beth Adams

Lori Beth Adams is the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur Runner-Up.

“It was a dogfight,” said Adams, who was making her fifth appearance in a North & South event. “(Lee) played great; she was making putts left and right, but so was I.”

Adams eventually began to break Lee, moving from 1 down on 12 to 1 up through 14. Adams got up and down on 13 to square the match – making a 7-footer for par – then went 1 up when Lee’s approach buried in a greenside bunker, leading to a double bogey.

“It was a dogfight. (Lee) played great; she was making putts left and right, but so was I.” -Lori Beth Adams

Adams kept that lead until 17 – when Lee drilled a long iron to 15 feet and made the slippery downhill putt for birdie to square the match again.

“I thought I had her on 17, but she made the putt,” Adams said.

Lee had a chance to win the championship with a 12-foot birdie putt on 18, but left it short. (“I babied it,” Lee said afterward.) Adams then coolly drained a 5-footer for par to extend the match.

Adams split the fairway on the first hole while Lee missed right and found herself in the rough. But Adams left her approach short in the bunker fronting the green, and was met with a buried lie.

“I didn’t want to be long, Adams said. “It looked great in the air.”

Lee had a difficult angle to the green, but flushed her short iron. Midflight, Lee’s caddie, Mark Tinnin, asked, “Did you get it?” Lee answered quickly, the ball still in the air, “Yeah.”

The ball landed on the left fringe of the green, just 10 feet from the cup. Adams’ bunker shot flew the green, forcing her to settle for double bogey. She conceded the match to Lee.

“I hate that it had to end that way,” Lee said. “Lori Beth played an incredible match.”

“If I had to describe the match in one word, it would be ‘intense.’” -Alison Lee

As did Lee, who made five birdies in the match – six you count the conceded one on the 19th.

She needed every one of them.

“If I had to describe the match in one word, it would be ‘intense,’” Lee said. “From beginning to end, we both played really well and were making birdies on top of each other. It was just a great, solid championship match. It’s what a championship match should be all about – both players at the tops of their games.”

Two years after the men’s North and South Amateur Championship began in 1900, the women’s championship was born and now celebrates its 111th year. It has become one of the most sought after women’s amateur titles and routinely displays the talents of the top amateurs in the game.

North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey, Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.

 

112TH WOMEN’S NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

PINEHURST NO. 8

FRIDAY

ROUND OF 16

No. 1 Casey Danielson d. No. 16 Gabriella Wahl 19 Holes

No. 8 Lori Beth Adams d. No. 9 Lauren Stephenson 2&1

No. 4 Janie Jackson d. No. 13 Ana Menendez 3&2

No. 12 Michelle Piyapattra d. No. 5 Lauren Kim 4&3

No. 2 Alison Lee d. No. 15 Ashley Holder 4&3

No. 10 Maria Torres d. No. 7 Aliea Clark 2&1

No. 14 Jillian Hollis d. No. 3 Gaby Lopez 4&2

No. 6 All McDonald d. No. 11 Regina Plasencia 5&4

QUARTERFINALS

No. 8 Lori Beth Adams d. No. 1 Casey Danielson 1up

No. 12 Michelle Piyapattra d. No. 4 Janie Jackson 1up

No. 2 Alison Lee d. No. 10 Maria Torres 1up

No. 6 Ally McDonald d. No. 14 Jillian Hollis 2&1

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

PINEHURST NO. 8

No. 8 Lori Beth Adams d. No. 12 Michelle Piyapattra 1up

No. 2 Alison Lee d. No. 6 Ally McDonald 2&1

CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 2 Alison Lee d. No. 8 Lori Beth Adams 19 Holes

 

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