Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Golfers we’re watching in 2015

Now that 2014 has officially come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what’s in store this year.

Here we take a look a few of the golfers we’re planning to watch in 2015.

Michelle Wie

Obviously, we’re going to be paying attention to the reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion. She won the Lotte Championship in April before claiming her first major win here in June. Wie’s Open victory seems to have given the golfer a new energy. We’re excited to see how she’ll use it in 2015.

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Your favorite Pinehurst memories of 2014

2014 Memory Brian Cook

Brian Cook traveled to Pinehurst three times in 2014, but his favorite memory was sharing the U.S. Women’s Open with his oldest daughter, pictured here in front of the Payne Stewart statue.

We know, 2014 is SO yesterday. But you have to admit it was a great year.

When we asked our followers to share their favorite Pinehurst memories, they proved us right. In fact, we were flooded with awesome stories. We’ve compiled a few of the best ones for you to enjoy.

Cheers to another year of family, friends, food and GOLF.

From Facebook

“I was there 3 times this year. Celebrated New Year’s Eve at the Carolina Hotel, played golf on No. 2 New Year’s Day, came down in October with the family. But my favorite trip was bringing my oldest daughter down for the Women’s Open. Great memories for her and me.”
 Brian Cook

“Had dinner at the Carolina Dining Room with my daughters, Melissa Pocock and Sarah Lyn Patterson, just before Christmas…perfect!”
 Betsy Homa  

“First off, carrying my own bag one week after the Women’s Open on No. 2. The spirit of golf as they say was surely alive that day. Incredible memory. #payne
— Robert Carpenter 

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Most popular Instagram posts of 2014

We’ve had a busy year on Instagram, adding so many followers we lost count. Thanks, guys.

Below, we pored over our posts from the past year to bring you the top 10 most popular photos. You probably won’t be surprised to find almost all of them come from the historic back-to-back U.S. Opens. That’s OK, we know it was a great two weeks.

Enjoy a brief trip down memory lane and feel free to follow us in 2015.

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Good morning from Pinehurst and the #USWomensOpen

A photo posted by Pinehurst Resort (@pinehurstresort) on

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 Martin makes history at Pinehurst, wins record 3rd Donald Ross Junior

Donald Ross Jr Winner Josh Martin 2014

Pinehurst native Josh Martin won the Donald Ross Junior Championship for the third time in four years Monday, becoming the first player in the 67-year history of the event to do so.

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Walter Hagen. Sam Snead. Ben Hogan.

Each won three championships at Pinehurst.

So, too, after a birdie in the dark, has Josh Martin.

One of the top junior golfers in the nation, the Pinehurst native won the Donald Ross Junior Championship for the third time in four years Monday, becoming the first player in the 67-year history of the event to do so. Martin also won the tournament in 2011 and 2012, and nearly captured a third title in 2013, but lost a playoff after the tournament was shortened due to rain.

Martin prevailed this time in the playoff, which lasted just one hole – the 1st on Pinehurst No. 4 – as darkness fell. Play was delayed by an hour to start the day after morning rain, but Martin snuck in his birdie to clip Stephen Cerbara, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Alex Smalley, of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

“I don’t get to play in the dark very often,” said a smiling Martin, clutching his third Putter Boy trophy.

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Josh Martin tees off during the playoff round Monday as darkness begins to fall.

But he does win often. Martin because the youngest North Carolina Amateur champion in June, and then fired rounds of 69 and 68 on courses No. 5 and No. 4 to prevail at Pinehurst again, putting himself into elite company. Hagen, Snead and Hogan won the North & South Open on Pinehurst No. 2 three times each.

“It’s hard to really think about being mentioned in the same breath as those guys,” Martin said. “That’s pretty awesome.”

A.J. Beechler, also of Pinehurst, perhaps stole the show on Monday, though. A U.S. Kids world champion by age 11 a few years ago, Beechler added to his growing junior resume with a brilliant performance in winning the 12-to-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior. Beechler shot 69 in the first round on Sunday and then came back with scintillating 7-under 63 on Pinehurst No. 1 on Monday to win by four shots over Joseph Pagdin, of Orlando, Florida.

Donald Ross Junior winner AJ Beechler 2014

A.J. Beechler of Pinehurst poses with his trophy after scoring a 63 on Pinehurst No. 1 during the final round of the tournament Monday.

“I actually thought it was a three-day tournament, so I guess that’s why I was pretty calm,” said Beechler, who had six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. “I knew the greens were going to be soft with all the rain, so I was just throwing them up a couple of feet short of the pins.”

Jackson Van Paris, of Lake Forest, Illinois, shot rounds of 71-74 for a total of 145 to win the 11-and-under division by one shot over Darren Choi, of Toronto.

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Jackson Van Paris of Lake Forest, Illinois clinched the 11-and-under division by one shot over Darren Choi of Toronto.

In Sunday’s first round, Brandon Whitley, of Huntersville, North Carolina, made a hole-in-one on the 9th hole of No. 1, using an 8 iron from 130 yards in the 12-to-14 division.

Here are a few photos from the final round of play Monday.

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Getty Images’ best golf photos

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Payne Stewart celebrates after sinking a 15-foot putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open.

We’ve all seen photos we’ll never forget.

For us, this shot of the great Payne Stewart is solidly imprinted in our memories.

Of course, you probably have your own set of unforgettable images.

Our friends at Golf Digest recently compiled a list of the “27 Most Popular Golf Pictures on Getty Images.

We’ve shared a few of our favorites, but feel free to browse the album to see which ones you like best.

1. Audrey Hepburn plays golf barefoot, reminding us why we fell in love with her spunky spirit in “Roman Holiday.”
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Audrey Hepburn (Getty Images)

2. Apparently, actor Sean Connery grew up near a golf course in Scotland, but didn’t take up the game until he started filming his third James Bond movie, “Goldfinger.”

Here’s more from PGA.com.

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Sean Connery (Getty Images)

3. Bill Murray isn’t the kind of golfer — or actor — who takes himself too seriously. That’s why we adore him.

When he’s shows up to play golf, he’s bound to be wearing some sort of wacky attire, which is why we have to agree with this USA Today piece titled “11 reasons why you should invite Bill Murray to your golf event.”

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Billy Murray (Getty Images)

View all 27 images here.

 

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