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We Interrupt this Ryder Cup…For Football?

1951 Ryder Cup

A modest gallery follows Sam Snead and Max Faullkner in the 1951 Ryder Cup. Snead is putting on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2. Max Faulkner stands in the right foreground.

BY LEE PACE

Consider the cacophony surrounding the biennial Ryder Cup Matches of the last three decades—galleries swelling to 45,000, a press building with desks for 400 writers, wall-to-wall television coverage, frayed nerves and guttural rally cries and bombastic fist pumps.

Sounds a little like a college football game.

In that context it’s most amusing to revisit the quaint little event held at Pinehurst nearly six decades ago.

“They said, ‘In North Carolina when Carolina plays Tennessee in a football game on Saturday, nobody watches golf.’ So they took the day off and we all went to the football game.” -Skip Alexander

The PGA of America brought the 1951 Ryder Cup to Pinehurst No. 2 for the ninth rendition of the event launched in 1927 and originally sponsored by English seed merchant and entrepreneur Samuel Ryder. There was a modest media delegation of some 30 correspondents, including at least three from London and three from Scotland.

And what’s most amazing is that the PGA scheduled a day off from competition on Saturday, Nov. 3, for golfers on both teams, VIPs and media to travel 70 miles north to Chapel Hill for the University of North Carolina vs. Tennessee football game, won 27-0 by the Volunteers.

“They said, ‘In North Carolina when Carolina plays Tennessee in a football game on Saturday, nobody watches golf,’” said Skip Alexander, a member of the U.S. team who was a star at Duke. “So they took the day off and we all went to the football game.”

Well, not everyone. American team captain Sam Snead said no thanks to the football, instead driving to Florence, S.C., for an exhibition.

Snead was not the only one left unimpressed.

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The Golf Swing of Donald Ross

Usually, it’s a photo. That’s usually what you see of Donald Ross with a golf club in his hand.

But have you ever seen his golf swing?

We hadn’t either.

At least not for the last 70 years.

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Kaymer Chameleon? Yes, Kaymer Chameleon

Yes, this exists.

Apparently this is what the Ryder Cup does to people.

That said, we’d like to ask our friends at Ryder Cup Guardians (and Your Golf Travel)…how about a Kaymer U.S. Open song? Include Pinehurst and Pinehurst No. 2. Maybe even Michelle Wie.

Go ahead, we’ll wait. UPDATE: They did it!

Oh, and there are more. Lots more.

 

And it looks like we might have our own Kaymer song soon:

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After U.S. Open successes, Pinehurst promotes Robinson, Jeffreys

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 Assistant Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

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.

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Sir Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup Advice

Sir Nick Faldo gave a golf clinic at Pinehurst this week, and naturally, when it came time for questions, Sir Nick posed one himself:

How do we Americans feel about our team headed into the Ryder Cup?

The response was tepid. So Sir Nick offered some advice – THE SCARE FACTOR.

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