The great Jack Nicklaus has a few words of advice and wisdom for the thousands of kids competing at Pinehurst for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.
Pinehurst Tournaments Archive
The coverage of the USGA’s announcement that the U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024 has been tremendous, but one interview in particular has gone a little deeper on the subject.
Here, Matt Adams conducts a wide-ranging interview with Pinehurst President Tom Pashley on SiriusXM Radio’s “Fairways of Life.”
The segment reveals a more behind-the-scenes look at how the USGA arrived at its decision to return to Pinehurst in 2024, how Pinehurst No. 2 has changed and how it has been received since the historic back-to-back U.S. Opens over the last year and the impact the U.S. Open has on Pinehurst.
BY JORDAN BECK
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. — Down two holes with two to play Friday in the championship match of the Women’s North and South Amateur, Bailey Tardy needed to dig deep.
The incoming Georgia freshman responded, making par on the final two holes while her opponent, Bethany Wu, the top-ranked junior golfer in the world, slipped up just enough to let her back in the match.
After the first sudden-death playoff hole, Tardy found enough mental strength to drain a lengthy par putt on the 376-yard par-4 second and put the pressure on Wu, who saw her 5-foot par putt rim out.
“It was just a tough match,” Tardy said. “We never conceded any holes. Nothing was conceded except for putts, short putts. I think we both played really well, and we were both exhausted. That’s golf.”
For the seventh-seeded Tardy, the victory marked an incredible run in match play that saw her defeat last year’s runner-up, Lori Beth Adams (2 and 1), in the quarterfinals, and the 2013 Junior Girl’s North and South Amateur winner, Anna Redding (4 and 2), Friday morning during the semifinals.
But the biggest test was the final round against Wu, an incoming freshman at UCLA, who looked unflappable earlier in the day when she defeated the No. 1 seed, Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 and 2.
“I’m really good friends with Beth (Wu) and I played a round with her, I think the second day, so I knew how she was hitting it and that she wasn’t going to let up anytime soon,” Tardy. “It was going to be a good match from the get-go and it was.”
Dambaugh, Wu, Tardy and Redding will vie for place in Pinehurst history
By Alex Podlogar
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Make par.
If there was a rallying cry as match play wore on during the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur, it was that: Make pars.
And if you happen to make a lot of pars, you’re likely to keep playing.
As Pinehurst No. 2 continued to play difficult amidst July’s warm gusts of wind, a standout field of some of the best women’s amateurs was whittled down to four on Thursday. And, for most the part, the matches were won with a steady stream of pars.
“And in some cases, even bogeys,” said Anna Redding, the 2013 North & South Girls’ Junior champion, who advanced to Friday’s semifinals. “But definitely pars. Oh, I love pars.”
Even Kaitlyn Dambaugh, the No. 1 seed from the University of South Carolina and the only player to break par on No. 2 during the week, found that attrition by par was the path to victory. She won seven holes in her afternoon match against Muchin Keh, taking five of them with pars in her 4 & 2 victory. … Continue Reading
Dambaugh’s brilliant 68 vaults her to Women’s North & South’s top seed
By Alex Podlogar
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Finally, Katelyn Dambaugh proved it could be done.
After 272 rounds of stroke play over three days on Pinehurst No. 2, Dambaugh, a rising junior at powerhouse South Carolina, finally carded the first – and only – under par round at the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur on Wednesday.
Dambaugh’s 2-under 68, which included an eagle, five birdies and just seven pars, the first of which came on the 9th hole, enabled her to move from a share of sixth place all the way to medalist honors. Dambaugh edged 2014 Women’s North & South Runner-Up Lori Beth Adams by a single stroke after a three-day total of 8-over-par 218, giving Dambaugh the No. 1 seed entering match play on Thursday.
“This golf course is just so difficult; it’s really tough,” said Dambaugh. “It’s a grinding golf course. You just have to take what you get and move on. You can’t really stay in the past. That’s what I tried to do – stay in the present.”
And she tried to stay positive, even after opening with a bogey. … Continue Reading