Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Charlotte teen wins 68th annual Donald Ross Junior Championship

Mason Elmore is the champion of the 15-18 age division.

Mason Elmore is the champion of the 15-18 age division.


More than 260 junior golfers from 22 different states competed in the 68th annual Donald Ross Junior Championship held Dec. 28 and 29.

Mason Elmore of Charlotte, N.C. took home the title in the 15-18 age division. His bogey-free 68 in the second round on Pinehurst No. 5 led to a one-stroke victory over first round leader Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa.

Elmore, a high school junior, started the tournament with a solid 72 on Pinehurst No. 4. He finished his last nine holes three under par, while Brown struggled and came in +4.

Stephen Cerbara of Langhorne, Pa., who competed in a three-way playoff last year, finished third. Davis Lamb (Potomac, Md.), Grant Powell (Colfax, N.C.) and Jimbo Stanley (Raleigh, N.C.) all finished tied for fourth.

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Joseph Pagdin won the 12-14 age division.

Joseph Pagdin, last year’s runner-up, was the champion in the 12-14 age division. Over his last four rounds on Pinehurst No. 1, Pagdin is a combined eleven under par. The Orlando native shot a seven under par 63 in his final round.

Bryson Morrell of Knoxville, Tenn. and Narayan Mohan of Charlotte tied for second. Coming in tied for fourth was James Tureskis of Naples, Fla. and Luke Sample of New York, NY.

Slade Aliff took home top honors in the 11 & under age division.Slade Aliff of Hardy, Va. captured the 11 & under age division. His rounds of 74 and 76 were good enough for a two-shot victory over Kareem Elkassem of Raleigh, N.C.

Tied for third was last year’s runner-up Darren Choi of Toronto, Canada and Shaun Cook from Norcross, Ga. Bryan Fang of Raleigh, N.C. finished fifth.

View complete tournament results here.

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Steph Curry’s high school golf team pic

We couldn’t let this one slide. Check out reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry’s golf team photo from Charlotte Christian:

Curry’s quite a player, shoots regularly in the 70s and has a low round of 70 on Pebble Beach. It’s not a surprise he was the No. 1 player at Charlotte Christian. And he always represents for Pinehurst and North Carolina (check out the first minute below):

Thanks for the love, Steph. Now, about that rematch with the President…

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A Life Lesson from Donald Ross


Old Tom Morris was against gambling in golf and advised Donald Ross to never bet on the golf course beyond a small wager. “Why make a horse race out of a game like golf?” Morris posited. Ross took Old Tom’s words to heart and for the rest of his life rarely played for stakes beyond a quarter Nassau. Ross said that Calcutta pools “don’t belong in such a fine, clean game.”

Once at Pinehurst, a young man who didn’t know Ross asked him for a game and a $25 Nassau.

“Let’s just play for the fun of the game,” Ross countered.

The young man insisted, so Ross relented, played the visitor and beat him soundly.

“I built the course,” Ross told his opponent. “Let this be a lesson to you: Don’t play for high stakes with a stranger.”

-Lee Pace

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Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves…

We admit it, we got a little caught up in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens excitement as well.

And then it got a little out of hand…

Although, some of you liked it:

If you want more, let us know. Until then, May the Fairway be with you.


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Little George Murray’s fantastic trick shot

You know us, we like trick shots.

But, on occasion, we also like to find trick shots that make us smile.

And that’s what little George Murray’s shot does for us.

George is 6 now, but he was 5 when he pulled off this shot. He lives in a village near Frodsham called Kingsley, which is in England, and about 40 minutes from Royal Liverpool Golf Club. His dad and mum, Mike and Caroline, started getting George lessons with Graham Tonge at 4 years old.

What a beautiful swing George has, (Nice work, Graham!) and it’s one we’d certainly love to see on Pinehurst No. 2 one day.

We look forward to the next one, George.

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