Pinehurst Golf News Archive

The Biggest Laugh of the Year

We think the best sound bite in all of golf in 2014 came from Pinehurst.

And it was just one word.

“No.”

Then, raucous laughter, and, if you watch the full clip here, you’ll hear it…clapping.

The biggest story entering the 69th U.S. Women’s Open – bigger than whether Pinehurst No. 2 would hold up (it did, which we heard first from Michelle Wie during the first player news conference of the women’s week) – was how 11-year-old Lucy Li would fare on the world stage in the biggest women’s golf event of the year.

Her team – basically just her mother and father – did not grant interviews before the tournament week, and settled on one media meeting before the tournament – in the large media center interview room on Wednesday. In less than 2 minutes, the little girl had charmed the entire room, breaking up seasoned journalists with quips about her favorite golfers, and in this memorable moment, her dad’s game.

“Can your dad beat you?”

Li giggles, and can barely get the word out.

“No.”

That was it. From there, Lucy Li owned the first few days of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Watch: Lucy Li talking Donald Ross and No. 2…while eating ice cream. #USWomensOpen #Eleven

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And her caddie, Pinehurst’s own Bryan Bush, wasn’t bad either:

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Newsmakers of the Year: Back-to-back U.S. Opens

 

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It’s a first no one will ever forget. 

The USGA’s decision to host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst during consecutive weeks was a risk worth the reward. Executive Director Mike Davis said the two-week experiment will “rank right up there with the best ever.”

It’s no surprise Gold World and Golf Digest have named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.

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The photo you’ve all been talking about

We post a lot of photos to the Pinehurst Resort Twitter feed. Most get a few likes and retweets, but the one we posted earlier today became an instant hit.

We can’t say we’re surprised, staffer Kaye Pierson is known for capturing stellar sunrises with her trusty iPhone.

PGA.com even included the shot in its daily roundup of the best and most creative images.

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Payne and Rickie…

We had a lot of memorable moments in 2014. This one is near the top of the list.Thank you, Rickie Fowler.

(See the full video here.)

From Vine:

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Lee the latest Women’s North & South Amateur champion to join LPGA

Ready for the next chapter in my life

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Alison Lee joined an elite group of golfers when she won the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur earlier this year.
The tournament, which has been held in Pinehurst since its inception, has seen nine of the past 12 champions go on to join the LPGA tour.
Lee became the 10th Sunday, handily earning her spot on the 2015 Tour during the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. She posted five consecutive rounds of even-par or better (71-70-67-70-72) during the event held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Alison Lee poses with her trophy following the Women’s North & South Amateur earlier this year.

The reigning Pac-12 Conference Champion will leave UCLA to turn pro. During her time with the Bruins, Lee set a single season scoring record of 71 and became the first player in school history to win the GolfStat Cup, collegiate golf’s scoring title.
Lee has played in three U.S. Women’s Opens, making the cut for the first time at the age of 14. She made the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year.
Earlier this year, Lee won the inaugural Annika Award, which is given to the top women’s college golfer in the country.
Here’s a look at some of the recent Women’s North and South Amateur winners who later joined the LPGA tour:

2003 — Brittany Lang

2004 — Morgan Pressel

Pressel has raised more than $3.4 million for breast cancer research through her annual Morgan Pressel and Friends Pro-Am Golf Tournament. She lost her mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, to the disease in 2003.

2005 — Yani Tseng

Five major championships, and 15 LPGA Tour wins. Not bad…

2006 — Jenny Suh

2007 — Alison Walshe

2009 — Amelia Lewis

2010 — Cydney Clanton

Clanton had the best finish of her pro career in September, tying for seventh place at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

2011 — Danielle Kang

In October, Kang made her second hole-in-one in eight days. The aces came with two shiny new cars, an Audi A6 T2.0 and a Buick Lacrosse.

2012 — Austin Ernst

Ernst won her first LPGA title in September, capturing the Portland Classic in sudden death over I.K. Kim.

2014 — Alison Lee

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