Pinehurst Golf News Archive

U.S. Kids Golf International: “Es un hermoso día en Pinehurst.” [Video]

When the U.S. Kids World Championships descend on Pinehurst Resort each year, sometimes the most interesting place to be is not on the golf courses to watch the talented young golfers of the world compete, but to mill around the Clubhouse, or the putting green or Maniac Hill to soak in the international flavor, languages and dialects permeating the grounds at the Cradle of American Golf.

It is awe-inspiring to witness just how far-reaching our favorite game is. It is even better to chat with our friends and U.S. Kids from around the world, and to hear them tell us – in their own words – how special Pinehurst is.

Indeed, it’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst – in any language.

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Congrats, Phil. See you in 2014.

 

We can think of no place better for Phil Mickelson to complete the career Grand Slam than with us in 2014.

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Ally McDonald Captures 111th North & South Women’s Amateur Championship

 

ALLY MCDONALD CAPTURES 111TH NORTH & SOUTH WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Mississippi State All-American defeats junior star Yueer “Cindy” Feng 3 & 2

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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MATCH PLAY BRACKET

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Ally McDonald didn’t hear the tournament official.

After pulling her drive left of her target on the 438-yard 16th hole on Pinehurst No. 2, McDonald marched off the tee, head down, eyes fierce and narrowed. An official asked if she wanted some water. After all, the heat index had soared above 100 degrees. … Continue Reading

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Ally McDonald Rallies Twice, Avenges NCAA Loss To Annie Park To Advance To North & South Semifinals

MIssissippi State All-American defeated NCAA Champion Annie Park in the quarterfinals of the 111th North & South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst Resort.

Mississippi State All-American defeated NCAA Champion Annie Park in the quarterfinals of the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst Resort.

ALLY MCDONALD RALLIES TWICE, AVENGES NCAA LOSS TO ANNIE PARK TO ADVANCE TO NORTH & SOUTH SEMIFINALS

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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MATCH PLAY BRACKET

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Two months ago, with the NCAA Championship on the line, Ally McDonald had a chance to chase down Southern Cal star Annie Park.

She shot 81.

Yet now, in match play on famed Pinehurst No. 2 at the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur, a potential second chance was looming.

One problem:

In the round of 16 Friday morning, McDonald was 3 down through nine holes, and a potential quarterfinal meeting with Park seemed very far away.

“I was just giving strokes away,” McDonald said. “I was basically just handing it over.”

But that’s just not the Mississippi State All-American’s style. No way could she allow herself to go out like this.

“If I need to win a hole making a birdie, or making a really big up and down, I’m going to find a way to do that, whether it’s skill, whether it’s just willpower, I’m going to try my best to pull off the shot I need to pull off.”

She’s not kidding.

And so McDonald rallied against Cyna Rodriguez in her morning round, winning five of the last seven holes to set up the supermatch with Park, who cruised into the quarterfinals with a 3 & 2 win over Monifa Sealy.

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Advancing Easily, Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald Looks Forward To North & South Match Play

Ally McDonald, of Mississippi State, is in contention at the 111th North & South Amateur.

Ally McDonald, of Mississippi State, is in contention at the 111th North & South Amateur.

ADVANCING EASILY, MISSISSIPPI STATE’S ALLY MCDONALD LOOKS FORWARD TO NORTH & SOUTH MATCH PLAY

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

Stroke Play Scores

Match Play Bracket   

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – It could be something as simple as walking to the car.

You wouldn’t notice it right away. But walk with Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald to the car enough, and soon you will realize something.

She always gets to it first.

“I’m very competitive,” says McDonald, who finished 10th in the NCAA Championship this year. “Ask girls on my team, ask anyone who knows me, I am super competitive. I always, always want to win, no matter what it is.”

Now she’s in position to win the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst Resort. And perhaps as an added bonus for McDonald, now the tournament shifts not only to famed Pinehurst No. 2, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, it goes from stroke play to match play.

Perfect.

“I’ve always enjoyed match play,” McDonald said. “It’s just the different competitiveness of it. In stroke play, you’re really just playing against the golf course. Now you’re going to be battling against the other person. Match play’s always been good for me because I can be more aggressive.”

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