Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Gil Hanse Previews 3rd Hole of Pinehurst Short Course

Gil Hanse took a moment after hopping off his bulldozer to give us a sneak peek at the 3rd hole of the new Pinehurst Short Course, which is scheduled to open in early October. 

Hanse took us through a few of the fun architectural aspects of the hole, which features an uphill tee shot – that, Hanse said, could be played with a wedge or a putter – and into a punchbowl green for an interesting twist on Donald Ross’ famed turtleback greens.

There’s a dramatic bunker fronting the green, and the view is spectacular. Also, Hanse reveals that he’s built a level area behind the green where he hopes galleries will form and root for aces.

For a fuller look at how the Short Course is coming together, watch below:

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This Pinehurst Short Course photo is stunning (Yes, you have to click to see it)

Jaegar Kovich has been a key player in building the Pinehurst Short Course, and if you aren’t following his Instagram feed, you MUST. START. NOW.

This photo is one of the best we’ve seen during the process of the Short Course coming to life.

The 360 degree views on the Pinehurst Par3 Course are gonna be pretty sweet. #cavemenwerehere #propergolf

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Also, a bit of news – the greens were sprigged with bermudagrass this afternoon.

We open in early October. Have your wedges ready.

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Live from the Pinehurst Short Course, it’s Gil Hanse

OK, so maybe not quite live, but just this week Gil Hanse literally hopped off the bulldozer he’s been using the shape the new front yard of Pinehurst Resort to call in to Callaway Golf’s Pirate Ship Show podcast, where (beginning at 5:38) he lets the audience in on a few new notes regarding the Pinehurst Short Course and the expansion of the putting course, Thistle Dhu, he and his team are building. Click above to take a listen.

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Seumanutafa, Galdin win prestigious Junior North & South championships


Aneka Seumanutafa won the 39th Girls North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst on Wednesday. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

By Alex Podlogar             


PINEHURST, North Carolina – Aneka Seumanutafa didn’t want to put her Putter Boy trophy down.

She had carried it from the Pinehurst parking lot, through the clubhouse, out the doors onto the veranda and then up a ridge overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 to have her champions photo shot after winning the 39th Girls North & South Junior Championship on Wednesday.

She held the trophy close while the photographer snapped portraits, and finally, when told she could rest a moment and put it down, Seumanutafa deferred.

“No thanks,” she said, a smile still painted on her face. “I’d like to keep holding it.”

Seumanutafa can’t be blamed for not wanting the let the moment go. After all, she had worked incredibly hard for the chance at Pinehurst history.

After three rounds of stroke play, with the first round on No. 2 and the second and third rounds on No. 6, Seumanutafa was 13 under par – and 13 shots ahead of third place.

She was also tied with Brooke Sansom and headed to a playoff.

“We just kept pushing each other for three days,” Seumanutafa said. “We played together in the second and third rounds, and it seemed like she would make a birdie, and then I would make a birdie.”

They both made birdie on the 18th hole of No. 6 to share the lead after 54 holes. Both players shot 67 in the final round, with Seumanutafa shooting 31 on her last nine and Samson closing in 30.

But Seumanutafa, 16, from Frederick, Maryland, made birdie again on the 18th to finally edge Sansom, of Montgomery, Alabama, who will play collegiately at Auburn.

It’s not Seumanutafa’s first trip to Pinehurst. She played in the Women’s North & South Amateur last year and played in numerous U.S. Kids events in the area as well. Seumanutafa will also play the Women’s North & South Amateur again this year. That tournament begins on Monday.

“This really boosted my confidence,” she said. “It’s a really tough tournament and field, but now I feel like I can compete with a lot of the players.”

And for Seumanutafa, a native of Hawaii, winning at Pinehurst was extra special.

“What do I think of when I think of Pinehurst? Payne Stewart, and of course, Michelle Wie,” she said.

Lino Galdin won the 39th Boys North & South Junior Championship in Pinehurst on Wednesday. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Mercer recruit and French native Lino Galdin fired a 4-under 68 on Pinehurst No. 8 on Wednesday to hold off a charge by Cole Ponich to win the 39th Boys’ North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst.

Ponich eagled the par-5 17th hole and made birdie on the difficult 18th, but it wasn’t enough to catch Galdin, who also shot 68 on No. 8 in the championship’s first round and then followed with a 71 on No. 2 on Tuesday.

“I just love it here,” Galdin said. “To have won at such a prestigious venue like Pinehurst means so much to me. This is definitely my biggest win.”

Galdin, who moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina, two years ago, is a decorated junior player. In 2016, he finished among the top 10 eight times in 15 tournaments, and in 2015, he won three times.

Both Seumanutafa and Galdin are now eligible to play in the 2018 Women’s and Men’s North & South Amateur championships, respectively.

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Best Payne Stewart Pose Ever – A New Entry

For a long time, it’s been considered that Chelsea Stewart’s pose next to the statue of her father Payne was the best pose photo to ever happen at the site. And it’s going to take a lot to top it. Chelsea did the pose on the day the USGA honored Payne with the Bob Jones Award during the 2014 U.S. Open. There is also a story that Payne’s widow Tracey kissed the statue that day.

Obviously, those are moments that will stay with us forever.

But there are great photos being taken at the statue behind the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 every day, and this weekend our buddy Tommy Morrissey struck the pose of Payne’s fateful celebration after making the putt the win the 1999 U.S. Open.

It was good to see Tommy back in Pinehurst. The 5-year-old has wowed audiences all over the world, has appeared on The Golf Channel and the Ellen DeGeneres Show and given clinics with an anti-bullying message through golf. As you can see, Tommy is without much of his right arm, but that hasn’t slowed him…AT ALL. He’s impressed golfers of all ages, including meeting and playing with many of the game’s greats, from Tiger Woods to Arnold Palmer, from Phil Mickelson to Gary Player, to Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.

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