Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Pinehurst Short-Game Practice Area – The Evolution

As Pinehurst’s short-game practice area continues to mature, check out the video above for a look back and a look to the present. We will have more information about the opening of the area soon.

For more information about the short-game area, go here.

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Photoblog – The Putter Boy makes a move

For the first time in nearly two decades, Pinehurst’s fabled Putter Boy made a significant and historic move recently. (If you haven’t seen video of his trip, you can see that here.)

This wasn’t a move, though, that came on a whim. The Tufts Archives tell us that there is documentation from the iconic Donald Ross listing in his notes where he wanted the Putter Boy statue to stand on the Pinehurst grounds. While the Golfing Lad has moved around quite a bit in his 100 years, he was finally placed once again very near where Ross originally intended. And now that he’s placed, we can see from vintage photos that he is not far from where he stood as far back as the 1920s.

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Putter Boy at Pinehurst, mid 1920s — Source: Tuft’s Archives.

Putter Boy Tufts Archives

Putter Boy — mid-to-late 1920s. Source: Tufts Archives

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Putter Boy Moves Back Home

If you know anything about Pinehurst history, you’ve probably heard that the iconic Putter Boy, known, among many other names, as the Sundial Boy from the days he was designed by Lucy Richards in 1912, has ventured to a number of different spots on the grounds at Pinehurst Resort. While the Tufts Archives tells us that there is documentation of the legendary Donald Ross providing specific instructions for where to place the Putter Boy, the Golf Lad has been around through his century on these grounds.

For the last couple of decades and since the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, Putter Boy has resided in front of the main putting green near the Resort Club veranda. But on Sept. 13, he was on the move once again. With a dedicated crew showing tender care for the Boy, he was moved near his original location of nearly 100 years ago, and very close to the spot Ross originally intended. Putter Boy now overlooks much of the new short-game practice area that Pinehurst is developing, and bisects the large putting green.

He is where he is supposed to be.

Home.

At Pinehurst.

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The Life as a Touring Pro – Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles

It’s not all glamour and big money and first class and luxury courtesy cars. The life as a touring golf pro can be demanding. It can rob you of valuable time with your family.

It can also bring you great rewards — depending on how well you play and how long you dedicate your life to it. For Pinehurst Country Club member Darron Stiles, he’s done both.

Stiles, who a few weeks ago won for the fifth time on the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour, which was formerly the Nike Tour, which was formerly the Hogan Tour — Stiles knows all these things), is that tour’s all-time leading money-winner. But even with more than 1.8 million in earnings, Stiles yearns to get back to the PGA Tour, where he has spent five seasons of the his 17-year professional career. Currently 10th on the Web.com Tour money list with seven events remaining in the 2012 season, Stiles has virtually assured himself of returning to the PGA Tour in 2013.

Recently, with Pinehurst No. 2′s famed 18th green behind him, Stiles took a few minutes to discuss his success on the Web.com Tour, the number of differences between the two tours, the toll the touring golf pro life can take and look ahead to what’s next for the rest of the golf season.

For more on Stiles’ season, go here and here.

 

 

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Ken Dwyer faces life — and golf — head on

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Ken Dwyer

U.S. ARMY’S KEN DWYER FACES LIFE – AND GOLF – HEAD ON

After losing a hand and an eye in Afghanistan, Dwyer had to re-learn golf

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Aug. 19, 2006: The day everything changed for U.S. Army Capt. Ken Dwyer.

The Yakden Village in the Cahar Cinch region of the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. That’s where Dwyer was leading his team in a combined effort with the Afghan National Army (ANA) during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Eight years later, it is a place Google Maps still can’t find.

In a flash, Dwyer’s team was ambushed by what the U.S. military calls an “Anti-Coalition Militia” force, and with far superior numbers, the militia pinned the ANA and U.S. Forces in a U-shaped ambush.

What happened next, in the terse script of a military citation:

Dwyer moved his vehicle through small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire to draw enemy fire and establish a support-by-fire position to provide relief for the pinned-down Soldiers. He then charged from his position to draw the attention of enemy fire to free the pinned-down forces. He continued to engage the enemy forces until friendly forces were again able to maneuver. Captain Dwyer returned to the position of the Operational Detachment 785 commander and assisted him in coordinating indirect fires. He then used various individual and vehicle-mounted weapons systems to fire into the enemy’s positions until he was critically injured by an air burst RPG.

On July 2, 2007, Dwyer was awarded the Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action.”

He accepted the honor without his left hand and without his left eye.

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