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Pinehurst unveils 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship logo

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – With another nod to its storied history, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club looks ahead to its next championship.

Pinehurst Resort and Country Club unveiled the logo for the upcoming 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in a special ceremony at the club on Tuesday. The logo, featuring the historic Golf Lad, commemorates the Four-Ball, which will be played on Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4 from May 27-31.

Frank Presbrey, Pinehurst’s first advertising counselor, created in the early 1900s a young boy that appeared in the resort’s early advertising and calendars. He was called “The Golf Lad.”

In 1912, sculptress Lucy Richards used the Golf Lad as the model for her bronze statuette in sundial form. The statue was known as “The Sundial Boy” until the 1970s until “The Putter Boy” name caught on. 

The Golf Lad has been used as part of the logo in many of Pinehurst’s most recent USGA championships, including the three U.S. Opens in 1999, 2005 and 2014.

The 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the ninth USGA championship to be held at Pinehurst, including the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open Championships in 2014. In 2019, the U.S. Amateur will be played at Pinehurst, and in 2024, the U.S. Open’s return to Pinehurst will mark the first time in over a century the USGA has awarded four Opens to a single site in a span of 25 years.

The 2024 U.S. Open will be the 11th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and will be the 10th in the last 35 years, more than any other site in the United States. The course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America.

In the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, each of two competitors plays their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score is determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the championship’s match-play bracket, from which the eventual champions will be determined.

The 2017 edition will be the third playing of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. In late May, Southern Methodist teammates Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanan won the 2016 championship at Winged Foot. The first U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was played at The Olympic Club in 2015. Eligibility for the Four-Ball is limited to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Partners comprising teams or sides are not required to be from the same club, state or country.

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A Golf Channel Journey – Why Pinehurst?

On The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, travel expert Matt Ginella showcased all there is to love about our special golf oasis, including some spectacular nighttime golf photography by the great Cy Cyr.

And while we love to hear our story told, it was indeed great to see Matt feature both Carolina Trace and Tobacco Road, which are about a half hour up the road in Sanford, N.C.

Take a look:

Ginella’s piece ended with his discussion of our wonderful area:

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Finding peace on Pinehurst No. 2

You may remember Andrew Smith from November after he competed – and won his Wounded Warrior flight – at the inaugural Veterans Golfers Association Championship at Pinehurst.

Recently, The Chattanooga Times Free Press caught up with Andrew to tell his story, and it is certainly worth your time. (The story was subsequently picked up by The Associated Press.) It was inspiring to read…

And…

And…

…And then we got to the end, and Andrew’s final anecdote and quote:

As he addressed the UTC men, someone asked Smith what kept him from being depressed and bitter. He recalled something that (his wife) Tori told him in the hospital.

“She said that the enemy — the Taliban — had wanted to kill me,” he said. “She said, ‘Don’t give them a victory over anything you’re going through.’ That really inspired me. So whenever times are tough I think about the enemy, if any of them are still alive, and I think how they’re living in mud huts and drinking dirty water while I’m playing Pinehurst No. 2.”

 

We at Pinehurst are truly humbled.

Play well – always – Andrew.

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Why Pinehurst No. 2? No Water (in play)

Another reason to keep Pinehurst No. 2 on your bucket list?

Here’s a simple answer: Outside of a small pond not far in front of the 16th tee, there’s no water in play on Donald Ross’ famed course.

And as Tiger Woods showed at a media event for his upcoming tournament, water is no fun. Especially when you haven’t warmed up:

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“It’s one that I wish I could give back.”

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Kelly Mitchum’s effort to raise awareness and money for Michael Townsend’s family during his play at the Wells Fargo Championship generated a great deal of attention. If you would still like to donate, you may do so by contributing to The Mike Townsend Memorial Fund, Kiawah Partners, 130 Gardeners Circle, PMB #136, Kiawah Island, SC 29455.

We at Pinehurst are proud of Mitchum’s initiative. While it’s wonderful to watch Kelly, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, play in PGA Tour events, we agree with him that we wish it was Townsend there fulfilling his well-earned dream of competing in a Tour event.

It was an emotional week, for sure, which was captured beautifully in many of the stories about Kelly’s efforts.

From The Fayetteville Observer:

Mitchum’s spot in the event originally belonged to Mike Townsend, a former All-American at Methodist University and the head pro at the Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course in South Carolina. Townsend earned it when he won the Carolinas PGA Section Professional Championship in July. But less than two weeks after his win he was killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and two children.

“It was just an incredible tragedy,” Mitchum said. “I just can’t imagine what they’ve had to go through.”

From WTVD:

From PGA.com:

When PGA Professional Kelly Mitchum prepares to tee off in Thursday’s first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club, he’ll hear his name announced — but he’ll have Mike Townsend in his thoughts.

“This is going to be a different event for me,” Mitchum said. “It’s one that I wish I could give back. I’ve already tried to kind of imagine what the first tee shot’s going to be like. I’ll definitely have thoughts of Mike there. It really has been very tragic, and we’re trying to honor him in the best way we can. But it’s kind of hard to put into words.

“Mike was a great guy, so personable. I played with him a fair number of times and he was just one of those guys who was easy to talk to, always friendly, always had a smile on his face. Just a good, fun guy to be around. And obviously a fantastic player on top of that. It was one of those kind of sitatuions where you can’t believe when you heard the news of what happened.”

From WRAL:

From PGATour.com:

This week was different, though. The black ribbon on his cap said it all.

Mitchum had been friends with Townsend for more than a decade. The first time the two played golf together was at the Carolinas PGA Assistants Championship, and Mitchum came out on the short end of the stick.

“So I didn’t like him at first,” he said, clearly joking by the broad grin on his face. “No, Mike was a great guy. Fun to be around. Always smiling. Always in a good mood. He’s very much missed.”

From Golfweek:

“I went back quite a ways with Mike,” Mitchum said. “He was about 13 years younger than I, and when he first got into the section, I played with him early on in the (Carolinas) Assistants Championship. He beat me – I’ll fess up. It came down to the last hole, and he won, and that was my first experience with Mike.

“I knew him from then on, and he was just a super guy. Very personable, very friendly, easy to talk to. He was a good guy for our section – we want guys like that. He was supposed to play here this week. I shouldn’t be here. I can’t imagine what that first tee shot is going to be like.”

Finally, also from WTVD:

FULL NOTE FROM KATHERINE TOWNSEND

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

My dad is the one who told me about the beautiful tribute Kelly had planned for Michael. I was completely and totally shocked. It’s been almost nine months since he passed; I can’t help but mark the months because he died on Ana Kate’s first birthday. Everyday I see the world around me continue to move forward, especially with the kids. Each day that passes I see their memories of their father quickly fade. They’ll never know the amazing man that I was so fortunate enough to spend 16 years of my life with. They do have his love for the game of golf and I hope that brings them some sort of connection and comfort in the years to come.

What Kelly is doing means more to me than any dollar amount he raises. He’s showing the world, the golf community, and most importantly my children that the game of golf is about honor and respect. It’s about banding together to support one of their own on and off the course in their time of need. While the kids’ memories of Michael are all but gone, Kelly is showing us that Michael’s spirit will forever live on in the game that he loved. Kelly is a true gentleman and a great role model. Michael was lucky to have him as a competitor and more importantly, a friend. I cannot thank Kelly and the members of the PGA enough for all that they have done for us. I wish that I could be there to cheer him on but I hope he knows I’ll be cheering from the set. I wish him the absolute best of luck and I know Michael would be so incredibly proud of what he’s doing. My heart aches because this was Michael’s dream and he was never able to see it come true, but I still can’t help but be over the moon Kelly has this opportunity.

 

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