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Pinehurst 2013 –
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As we continue to look back on 2013 at Pinehurst (and get set to turn the page to the year we’ve all been waiting for with breathless anticipation), here’s the countdown of our most popular blog posts and stories from 2013.

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For the Best in 2012, go here.

The Best You Didn’t See or Read in 2013

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams Talks Golf…And Timeouts

Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams has always had an affinity for golf, so at his most recent Pinehurst visit, we chatted with him about how golf and basketball might be linked (Scroll to 1:45 in the above video). But we also asked what rounds of golf were like with Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, and even heard Roy’s best story about golfing with Coach Smith – and it happened right here on Pinehurst No. 2 (3:45).

But once we asked about Roy Williams’ philosophy concerning taking timeouts – or, in reality, NOT TAKING timeouts – that’s when the post hit the message boards and began to spread like wildfire. (Scroll to 5:45.)

 

U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk: “You’re looking at a brand new golf course.”

Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion and 16-time PGA Tour winner, visited Pinehurst with friends to play a casual round on the restored Pinehurst No. 2.

An animated Furyk came away impressed – and even marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

 

TOP 5 PINEHURST STORIES

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No. 5. Augusta and Pinehurst – What Might Have Been

One of our best additions to the Pinehurst Blog this year has been the writing of acclaimed author Lee Pace, as valuable a historian on Pinehurst and its place in golf as you will find anywhere on the planet. Lee authored several intriguing posts for us this year, and will continue to do so leading up to the U.S. Opens in 2014.

Here, Pace tells the story of how Bobby Jones came to choose Alister MacKenzie over the famed Donald Ross to design Augusta National – and breaking a supposed handshake agreement with Ross in the process. Read the role the fate of golf – and losing – played into Jones’ decision, and the legendary impact the decision made on Ross and his vision for what No. 2 could become.

 

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Nick Stafford wins rain-shortened Donald Ross Junior

Nick Stafford won a three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff on Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship.

Nick Stafford won a three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff on Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship.

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With over an inch of rain falling overnight and continuing, heavy at times, until 11:30 a.m., the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship was shortened to an 18-hole tournament on Sunday.

Still, the champion was decided on Pinehurst No. 2.

First round results were used to determine award winners, with the 15-18-year-old Boys division being split into two separate events (No. 4, No. 5). A playoff however, was held for the leaders of both 15-18 Boys division leaders to determine the overall 66th Donald Ross Jr. Champion.

Nick Stafford of Belmont, N.C., came out on top of the three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff held on the famed Pinehurst No. 2, host of the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in 2014. The three-hole loop of holes 1, 17, 18 were used and Stafford played those holes in 1-over par to seal his victory and a name plate in Pinehurst’s legendary hall of champions. Having played course No. 5 in the first round, Stafford was tied with Ian Hildebrand of Purcellville, Va., who both shot 70. On Pinehurst No. 4, Hunter Oxford and his score of 69 that earned him a spot in the three-man playoff.

Rounding out the top five from No. 5 results was second-place finishers and two-time defending champion Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., Peter Knade of Easton, Md., and Christian Salzer of Sumter, S.C. Tied for 5th place was Joshua Stockwell (West End, N.C.) and Kenny Park (Cumming, Ga).

Course No. 4 top finishers aside from Stafford and Hildebrand were T3 finishers Patrick Stephenson (Four Oaks, N.C.) S.M. Lee (Buford, Ga.), Thomas Eldridge (Raleigh, N.C.) and Timothy Conover (Holly Springs, N.C.).

Winston Margaritis won the 12-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior.

Winston Margaritis won the 12-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior.

Wintson Margaritis (Collierville, Tenn.), won the 12-14-year old age group with his score of 67 while in the 11 & Under it was 2012 runner-up Akshay Bhatia (Wake Forest, N.C.) who took home the trophy in his division with an outstanding round of 66.

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Akshay Bhatia won the 11-and-Under division of the Donald Ross Junior.

The Championship for boys under age 18, separated in three divisions (11 and under, 12-14, and 15-18 provided the 18-year old is still in high school), is always scheduled the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  The 11 and Under, and 12-14 Divisions play Pinehurst No. 1.  The 15-18 Division plays Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 5, typically rotating courses after the first round.

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The Best in Pinehurst Video – 2013

One thing you learn when you work at Pinehurst – have the camera ready.

Pinehurst is a place synonymous with history. It is the Cradle of American Golf, the St. Andrews of America. But the beauty of Pinehurst is that its history is always an evolving one. In less than six months, history will again call Pinehurst home with unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens.

It is because of Pinehurst’s lasting and continuing place in golf and Southern hospitality so many want to be here and experience what makes our home so special. And so they come, whether it’s for leisure and a round of golf, or to preview their chance at earning a seat with the game’s immortality.

But as we also saw, history can happen on any day at Pinehurst. And in 2013, it did.

And we had the camera rolling.

Here are Pinehurst’s Top 5 most-viewed videos of 2013.

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The Ultimate Pinehurst Christmas List

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Just let us take a wild guess on this one, OK?

You’ve asked your husband/boyfriend/brother/father/son/son-in-law what he wants for Christmas. You’ve asked more than once. You’ve asked daily. And now, you’re ready to kill him.

Why?

Because you keep getting this answer:

“I don’t know. I don’t really need anything.”

Now, we also understand this can go both ways. She doesn’t know what she wants, either. Or, ahem, what she needs. (OK, OK, we all know she NEEDS you to do more around the house and help with the kids and stuff, but that isn’t helping under the tree right now, is it?)

And this can extend beyond family as well. Boss? Co-worker? Father-in-law? (Oh right, that’s technically family.)

Anyway, we’re here to help.

If you’re reading this, then someone on your Christmas list follows golf and has a soft spot for Pinehurst. So while we know we’re all running out of time, any of these items can be found at Pinehurst’s Golf Shop (open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.), and many of them can be found online (or call 1-800-795-4653) at ShopPinehurst.com.

Now, we do have to mention that shipping might be a little tight for Christmas right now, but you can at least take a shot. And besides, who doesn’t love a little extra AFTER Christmas? (Ladies, a hint: Guys don’t care if it’s late. Honest. Especially if you tell them their gift is COMING FROM PINEHURST. Trust us on this one.)

And finally, if you’re THAT GUY, or THAT GIRL, telling people “I don’t really NEED anything for Christmas,” we have an option for you, too.

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After The Putt: Payne Stewart’s Next 24 Hours

Payne Stewart’s caddie Mike Hicks spent the next 24 hours with Payne Stewart after they won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

What happened?

A lot.

Including more great golf.

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