Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Golf Channel Previews the Bryan Brothers at Pinehurst

On The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, Geoff Shackelford and Gary Williams discussed the Bryan Brothers’ sneak peak of their trip to Pinehurst to hang out with our favorite trick shot artist, Clarkie.

Here’s what you need to know about Clarkie Carroll:

He’s now 12, and if you watch the video above, you’ll learn Clarkie has battled a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Clarkie had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was), which was replaced by a titanium prosthesis. This resulted in his right leg being a few inches longer than his left.

Clarkie, clearly, loves golf (lacrosse, too), and he performed this trick shot at another Donald Ross course, at Glen Falls Country Club in New York. Clarkie’s grandparents, Tom and Joan Moynihan, live at Pinehurst No. 7.

He also did it after just completing 10 months of chemotherapy.

We’ll pause to let that sink in.

Clarkie’s doing well today, but he’ll be scanned quarterly for the next 5 years. He’s one tough – and talented – little kid.

His dad, Dave, put Clarkie’s toughness into words for us:

“10 months of chemo.

17 Rounds.

54 Treatments.

Zero Complaints.”

 

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Coming soon: The Bryan Brothers team up with Clarkie

Trick shot artists The Bryan Brothers spent the day in Pinehurst hanging out with our pal Clarkie Carroll.

You may remember Clarkie from a previous blog post where he showed off our favorite trick shot EVER.  At the time, the 11-year-old boy had just wrapped up 10 months of chemotherapy, which he received for a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Clarkie, who is now 12, is healthy today, but one thing hasn’t changed — he still loves trick shots. That’s what makes him and the Bryan Brothers the perfect team. Check out the short video the guys posted to their Instagram. It’s a great teaser to the full-length video they’ll upload later.

This is our #trickshottuesday with our boy @clarkie_carroll out here at @pinehurstresort!! #letsgo #golf #thisguysastud A video posted by Bryan Bros Golf (@bryanbrosgolf) on

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PTI – The Pinehurst Shoutout

At the close of Tuesday’s Pardon The Interruption (Nov. 18, 2014), Tony Kornheiser had a message for us – get him warmer.

Mr. Tony had planned a trip a month ago for he and a few ESPN buddies, including Karl Ravech, but as could only happen to Kornheiser, his trip ended up coinciding with the coldest snap of the year for Pinehurst.

Still, not bad…

So, as only Tony could do, he complained a bit.* But you know what? It makes for an even better story, and will for certain make us DVR PTI next week.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite the moaning, how did Tony do at Pinehurst? Try two rounds on No. 2, two on No. 4 and one on No. 8. That’s 90 holes in three days. How many trips to the sauna? That part remains unclear…

ANOTHER EDITOR’S NOTE: Great thanks to Tony, Mike Wilbon and all at PTI for proudly displaying the Pinehurst caddie bib on the set for a full week:

PTI-Pinehurst

 

And perhaps nothing was better than the shot of the Pinehurst caddie bib on the pre-Thanksgiving episode, which featured Mr. Tony is, yes, a turkey suit:

PTI-Pinehurst-Turkey

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A golf lesson from John McEnroe…

Here, tennis great John McEnroe learns a fundamental truth about golf.

Always listen to your caddie. (Seriously, always listen to your caddie, because something like this might happen.)

We hear a version of this story EVERY DAY at the Pinehurst caddie house.

EVERY DAY.

Nice hat, though.

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We agree, Geoff

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 - Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 – Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy’s My Shot in Golf Digest this month is beginning to create some buzz, and now you can add Pinehurst to the list willing to share the 2006 U.S. Open Champion’s thoughts about the world of golf.

Ogilvy doesn’t waste any time getting around to mentioning Pinehurst and the 2014 U.S. Open, and why he feels No. 2’s setup is perfect for the growth and future of golf:

I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT tall, dense grass is the least attractive hazard in golf. Slowly we seem to be moving toward shorter, lighter rough, even at the U.S. Open, which more than any championship was defined by penal setups that permitted little in the way of recoveries. Was the setup at Pinehurst for the U.S. Open not wonderful? Did not the best player that week [Martin Kaymer] win? To the last holdouts for deep rough, I’d ask this: If Bubba Watson were in tall, dense grass to the right of the 10th hole at the 2012 Masters and had to pitch out, would that have been a good thing? Wasn’t the attempt at a bold recovery great to see? Would you have rather watched Phil Mickelson reflexively lay up on the 13th hole in 2010 instead of having a go from the pine straw? Case closed.

 

We agree, Geoff. We agree.

After all, remember this?

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