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The 112th North & South Women’s Amateur – The Contenders

Eight of the last 11.

Think about that a second.

Eight of the last 11.

73 percent.

Eight of the last 11 North & South Women’s Amateur champions have drawn paychecks from the LPGA Tour. The equation is near perfect. Win the North & South Am, go on to professional success at the highest level.

The number would’ve likely gone to 9 of 11, but defending champion Ally McDonald is still a college golfer and elite amateur player. And since winning the championship a year ago, she’s had a huge year. A HUGE year.

Not only that, last year’s runner-up, Cindy Feng, who turned pro after also finishing as the runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur, was tied for 13th in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Her highest round was 73.

So yes, the North & South Women’s Amateur field is always deep and talented.

Let’s take a look at some of the top contenders in the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur. (Note: By no means do we think the champion will only come from this list. An example? We didn’t even have Ally McDonald listed as one of our contenders last year.)

PAIRINGS

SCORES

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Kocher, Dunne win North & South Junior Championships

David Kocher is the 2014 Junior Boys North & South Champion.

 

BOYS SCORES

GIRLS SCORES

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – David Kocher is a closer.

Kocher came into the final round of the 36th Junior Boys North & South Championship one stroke back of the lead, but made three birdies in his first seven holes on his way to firing 4-under 68 and win the championship by four shots over Pinehurst’s Josh Martin on Thursday.

Kocher, who shared the first-round lead after a 3-under 69 on the 6,740-yard Pinehurst No. 8, entered the final round a stroke back of Martin, who won the 2011 and 2012 Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst.

But Kocher, of Charlotte, was too much on Thursday. After he stumbled with a 74 in Wednesday’s round, Kocher started hot by making birdie on the 2nd, 4th and 7th holes to make the turn in 33. A pair of birdies around a bogey on the back side allowed to keep a comfortable lead.

Martin was unable to keep up with the streaking Kocher, shooting a 1-over 73 despite making six birdies on the day.

Daniel Wetterich shot 69 on Thursday to share third with 2013 Donald Ross Junior Champion Nick Stafford, who closed with a 72. Both players finished the championship at even par.

 

North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

In the 36th Junior Girls North & South Championship, Brigitte Dunne entered the final round with what looked to be a comfortable 5-shot lead.

When she stepped to the 17th tee, she seemed to have a comfortable 3-shot lead.

But then she triple-bogeyed 17.

Dunne, of Camarillo, Calif., remained composed, however, making a gutsy par on the par-4 18th at Pinehurst No. 6 before clipping Sarah Spicer with a birdie on the second playoff hole to hold onto the championship despite a final round 76.

Spicer, of Bahama, N.C., shot a sparkling 2-under 70, parring the final eight holes to finish the tournament at 1-under 215 and force the playoff after Dunne’s triple.

Dunne shot an opening-round 67 on Tuesday and followed it with a 72 to lead a pair of golfers by five. Spicer began the day six shots back.

Sera Tadokoro, a member of Hilton Head, S.C.’s International Junior Golf Academy, was third at 2-over 218, three shots back of the leaders.

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Kid 59 – A Look Back One Year Later

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

On a hot and humid July Wednesday, still 11 months before the golf world would descend on Pinehurst, Will Grimmer made Pinehurst the center of the golf universe for a day.

On July 10, 2013, the word began to buzz through the hallways of the Pinehurst clubhouse, and  soon, into the Village of Pinehurst. (This is no joke; I first heard about Grimmer while at lunch at The Tavern at The Holly). At the North & South Junior Amateur, a tall, lanky kid from Cincinnati, Ohio, had just posted a 59.

A 59. At Pinehurst.

In competition.

Phones started ringing. Cell phones began chirping and buzzing. Audrey Moriarty at The Tufts Archives got a call. Former Pinehurst Directors of Golf. Tournament Directors. Lee Pace, the man who has written about every blade of grass – and wiregrass – at Pinehurst, his counsel was sought.

Has there ever been a recorded 59 in the century-plus history at The Cradle of American Golf?

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Phil Mickelson hits shot backwards…to 3 feet

Phil Being Phil, in a practice round for the Scottish Open.

Back in 2009, a rather, um, enthusiastic Lefty showed us “how” to play the shot in his instructional DVD series, “Secrets of the Short Game.”

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Breaking Ground on Pinehurst No. 2

No. 2 Bermuda

The grass conversion to Pinehurst No. 2′s famed greens is under way.

Last year, Pinehurst announced it would convert the greens from bent grass on No. 2 to Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass, the next stage in an evolution to extend championship conditions throughout the year and particularly during the heat of summer.

[RELATED: Bermuda is nothing new to Pinehurst No. 2]

Ground was officially broken on June 30 following the historic hosting of back-to-back U.S. Open championships, and the first images of the process are beginning to emerge. The turf has been planted using the “no-till” process and will not require excavation of the greens or any changes in the contours. The course will reopen in September.

 

The project began on June 30 using the "no-till" method.

The project began on June 30 using the “no-till” method.

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