Pinehurst Golf News Archive

118 yards away? Just putt it

First spotted at GolfNewsNet (please visit the site; it’s a really good one), here’s a look at one way to approach the greens  – even from 118 yards away – at fabled Oakmont, site of the 2016 U.S. Open.

It’s a method we can appreciate here at Pinehurst.

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Pinehurst’s Mitchum to honor Townsend, and raise money for his family at Wells Fargo Championship

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Michael Townsend is pictured with his family (l-r), son Spencer, wife Katherine and daughter Ana Kate.

As a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, Kelly Mitchum gives lessons every day trying to help guests and students improve at the game of golf.

Now, though, Mitchum would like to give something more through golf.

When Mitchum recently qualified for the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, he took the spot that was originally earned by fellow PGA Professional Michael Townsend, who tragically died in a car accident last summer just eight days after winning the Carolinas PGA Section Championship.

Playing in Townsend’s place, Mitchum is hoping to raise money for the Michael Townsend Trust Fund, which benefits Townsend’s family – his wife Katherine and the couple’s two children, 3-year-old Spencer and 1-year-old Ana Kate.

Those interested in making donations may do so in one of several ways: by pledging a dollar amount for the number of birdies or pars made by Mitchum at the Wells Fargo, or with a one-time contribution.

The Wells Fargo Championship will be played May 2-8, 2016. Those interested in donating may contact the Pinehurst Resort Tournaments office at tournaments@pinehurst.com for more information.

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Golf and High fives? Not a good match

High fives in golf often go horribly wrong.

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What’s next for Bryson DeChambeau? Might it be knickers?

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If you’ve followed us here in the past, you know of phenom Bryson DeChambeau’s affinity for the late Payne Stewart, who is, of course, near and dear to our hearts at Pinehurst.

And while DeChambeau has mentioned in previous interviews he dons the hat in a tribute to Payne, the next question soon became obvious. And today, DeChambeau was asked that question:

If you can’t read DeChambeau’s answer there, here it is:

Q. Any chance we can see you in knickers a la Payne Stewart?

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU: “I think I have to make my card before I pull that one out. I don’t think I’m ready for that. We’ve definitely thought about it, we almost did it at The Masters and we almost did it last week, but it just wasn’t the right time.

“It would have looked arrogant to the other players out here. I have to be respectful of them because, again, I’m not trying to come out here and say, ‘Hey, look, I’m this new star.’

“That’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to pay my respect to the guys that have made golf what it is today, and I think there’s a right time for it and you will see it. But I just don’t know about it being right now. We’re definitely thinking about it and trying to make it happen, though.”

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Golf Digest names Pinehurst Golf Academy one of nation’s best

Pinehurst Resort has been honored with two Editor’s Choice awards from Golf Digest in its upcoming May issue. The resort was named as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas while the Pinehurst Golf Academy earned a nod among the nation’s Best Golf Schools and Academies.

Hailed for its accommodations, varied dining options and certainly its nine championship golf courses, Golf Digest calls Pinehurst Resort “a premier destination for more than 100 years.”

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The Pinehurst Golf Academy, led by Eric Alpenfels, was also praised. Alpenfels, a Class A PGA of America Master Professional, has in previous years been named as one of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” by Golf Digest and one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America” by Golf Magazine.

“Programs at Pinehurst … are staffed with highly rated teachers, and benefit from class-leading resort amenities.” -Golf Digest

But the Academy’s expertise doesn’t stop there. Kelly Mitchum, a former North & South Amateur champion who has appeared in four PGA Championships and 25 PGA Tour events, is part of a staff of lead golf instructors (including Paul McRae and Geoff Lynch) that boasts more than 75 years of combined teaching experience.

It’s that kind of expertise that caught Golf Digest’s editors’ eyes.

“When it’s time to immerse yourself in your game, a great golf school should tick the right boxes: highly rated teaching staff, low student-to-teacher ratio, a variety of programs, great location, and attractive lodging options,” writes Golf Digest. “Programs at Pinehurst … are also staffed with highly rated teachers, and benefit from class-leading resort amenities.”

“We’re honored that Golf Digest has recognized the Pinehurst Golf Academy as one of the best schools in the country,” Alpenfels says. “We take great pride in giving our guests and students the best possible experience while helping them improve at the game we all know and love.”

The Pinehurst Golf Academy runs weekly and weekend schools throughout the year. From three-to-four instructors will work each school, depending on enrollment, and each school includes video analysis and time spent on the full swing, chipping, pitching, sand play, putting and course management. The Academy’s schools are also unique, offering schools specifically designed for parents and their children, for junior golfers and for Academy alumni.

The Pinehurst Golf Academy offers a unique blend of situational practice and on-course instruction. Students enjoy a round of golf each day, so after working on your skills on the practice range, they have the chance to test what they’ve learned on the course with an instructor.

The Pinehurst Golf Academy is also an industry leader in golf research. The staff has used Academy students as well as resort guests and members to participate in studies that have measured questions ranging from whether golfers can better practice lag putting by looking at the hole during the stroke rather than the ball; the effectiveness of various drills for curing the slice; and whether aiming at a pinpoint target on full shots yields better results than fixating on a larger target.

“Everything we do is research-based,” Alpenfels says. “It is important to us to create a relationship where our students trust us and see we are willing to work hard to get there.”

For more information about the Pinehurst Golf Academy, or about which golf school is best for you, please go here.

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