Happy Father’s Day from Pinehurst. Payne Stewart’s lasting sentiment says it all.
Pinehurst Heritage Archive
And so here we are, on this day, June 10, 2013, officially just 365 days away from Pinehurst once more making a historic footprint in the annals of the grand game of golf.
A couple of years ago, the United States Golf Association made an unprecedented step in its championship history: it selected Pinehurst to host both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in successive weeks in 2014.
The announcement makes history on several fronts. It’s the first time in Pinehurst’s 114-year history to serve as the site of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. It is the only site in USGA history to host all five of its major championships. And it is a new chapter in the USGA book of traditions: never before has one site hosted both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in the same year, on the same course.
And so here we are, just one year away. And while we visit Merion this week to cover the 2013 U.S. Open (check the Pinehurst Blog for updates and behind-the-scenes coverage you won’t find anywhere else), we look forward to 2014. (Not to mention a RIDICULOUS sweepstakes, which you can enter here.)
As expected, several media outlets covered the news conference. Here are links to some of that coverage:
Below, Pinehurst offers the most in-depth coverage of the news conference you will find anywhere with it’s running diary of the day:
Today, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis will be joined by U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones and Pinehurst Resort and Country Club President Don Padgett II for a news conference to preview the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships at Pinehurst No. 2.
The news conference will begin at 1 p.m. and the Pinehurst Blog will provide a live, running diary of the event. Refresh this page often to get a behind-the-scenes look at the news conference as we report live from Pinehurst.
7 a.m. Already tables, chairs, staging and video are in place for the news conference, which is still six hours away. Media are expected to arrive around noon.
10:37 a.m. While Reg Jones takes a moment to practice – and pantomime – his prepared remarks at the podium in a dimmed St. Andrews Room, the Pinehurst staff works on putting the finishing touches at each table, including a centerpiece that can only be found at Pinehurst.
Reg Jones: “We just want to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Boston.”
“Pinehurst has become the benchmark for our championships.”
“It’s not because it makes things easier for our team inside and outside the ropes. This was not a decision that was financially motivated.”
The Late, Lamented North and South Open
BY LEE PACE
Earlier in the week we wondered how The Masters and Augusta National might have evolved and look today had Bobby Jones actually hired Donald Ross, as he initially planned to do, instead of Alister MacKenzie to design his new golf course on the outskirts of Augusta.
Continuing these Masters week “what if” scenarios, it’s an interesting exercise to wonder what the PGA Tour might look like today had Pinehurst’s Richard Tufts not decided in 1952 to eliminate the half-century long tradition of one of the day’s premier events, the North and South Open.
A shocking upset of the world’s best player may have changed the course of golf history
BY LEE PACE
Pinehurst and Augusta National each have lofty and secure niches in the game of golf. Pinehurst was America’s first true golf destination and its venerable No. 2 course as of 2014 will have been the battle ground for three U.S. Opens, one U.S. Women’s Open, one PGA Championship, one Ryder Cup Match and two U.S. Amateurs. And Augusta National is the home of the golf tournament that each April generates more goose pimples, gallery decibels and history fodder than any other venue in the game.
But it’s entertaining as The Masters Tournament rolls around each April to wonder just what Augusta and Pinehurst might look like today had the great Bobby Jones not inexplicably lost his first round match of the 1929 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach to an obscure player by the name of Johnny Goodman.