Pinehurst Tournaments Archive

Canadians provide the fireworks on July 4th at North & South

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Canada’s Corey Conners is one of the top amateurs in the world, and he cruised through his two matches Friday at the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.

MATCH PLAY BRACKET

BY ALEX PODLOGAR     

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – On July 4th at the 114th North & South Amateur, it was good to be Canadian.

Corey Conners, the No. 7-ranked amateur in the world who hails from Listowel, Ontario, was only the most dominant player in advancing to the North & South semifinals.

And how did fellow Canadian – and No. 16 seed – Blair Hamilton keep up? By first knocking off the top-seeded Rico Hoey in the morning’s Round of 16 before winning two holes to rally past 17-year-old junior golf phenom Austin Connelly in 19 holes.

Conners and Hamilton will join Georgia All-American Michael Cromie, a native of nearby Cary, N.C., and Lehigh’s Harley Abrams in the semifinals, with the chance of meeting for an all-Canadian final in the North & South Championship round on Saturday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 8.

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Defending champion Andrew Dorn advances to North & South match play

The makeshift North & South leaderboard at the 14th green played a significant role for the players coming down the stretch of the third round of the 114th north & South Amateur on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 8.

The makeshift North & South leaderboard at the 14th green played a significant role for the players coming down the stretch of the third round of the 114th north & South Amateur on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 8.

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MATCH PLAY BRACKET

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Andrew Dorn admits to rushing the tap-in.

It was the 14th hole of the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 8, and on the cartpath near the green was a golf cart made into a makeshift leaderboard. Covering the windshield was a white posterboard lined with the top players in the championship. It was the one opportunity players had late in their rounds to check their standing as they chased one of the coveted 16 spots that would get them into match play.

Dorn, the 2013 North & South Champion, was at 2 over for the tournament. He knew he was close to the cut line. He needed to see the board.

“I had to take a peek,” Dorn said. “It’s handwritten, so it’s really hard to see from the green. I hurried and made the tap-in, then ran over to the scoreboard to get a good look. I needed to know if I needed to press it or whether I could relax.”

He needed to press.

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Happy to be in Pinehurst, Hoey shares North & South lead with Dornes

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Pac 12 Freshman of the Year and Southern Cal star Rico Hoey shares the 114th North & South Amateur lead.

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Rico Hoey can’t help but smile when he talks about Pinehurst.

It’s a good thing. If he keeps playing this way, he’ll be around a while.

Hoey recovered from a sluggish start to Wednesday’s second round of the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 8, but after difficult afternoon conditions, found himself sharing the lead after an even par 71 left him at 3 under for the championship.

It was as performance that kept the ever-smiling Hoey in good spirits following his round.

“I’m just having fun out there,” said Hoey, who had one of the best freshman seasons in Southern Cal history this year. “I’ve spent the last two days in a great group of guys, and everybody here is so easygoing. It’s just fun to play golf here. I’m just going to go with it and see where it takes me.”

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Indiana’s Seger fires 6-under 65 to take first-round lead at North & South Am

Indiana’s Will Seger fired a 6-under 65 to lead the 114th North & South Amateur after the first round at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday.

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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2nd ROUND PAIRINGS

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Remember David Erdy?

Will Seger does.

And it’s those memories that brought him to the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.

Seger, a rising sophomore at Indiana University, stole the thunder of defending North & South champion Andrew Dorn in the first round of play at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday, roaring to a 6-under-par 65 to take a 3-shot lead over Rico Hoey and McCormick Clouser.

“I didn’t have a lot of great looks at birdie, but I just stuck to may gameplan of fairways and greens,” Seger said. “And my putting was really hot.”

No kidding.

Seger birdied the last three holes on the front nine – a stretch of four birdies in five holes. From there, he had three more birdies on the back on three par-4s on the 7,044-yard, par-71 layout.

“There were a lot of 3s,” Seger quipped.

It was a round reminiscent of another former Indiana star, Erdy, who finished as the North &South runner-up in 2011 before advancing to the semifinals in 2012. Seger remembers Erdy’s runs fondly, and drove him to compete in the North & South.

“I used to watch David’s scores online,” Seger said. “I thought, ‘I really, really want to play there.’”

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When the World Cup and the North & South Amateur Collide

 

Andres Schonbaum, an Argentinian golfer, watches his native country compete in the World Cup on a television at the Pinehurst No. 8 clubhouse during the 114th North & South Amateur.

Andres Schonbaum, an Argentinian golfer, watches his native country compete in the World Cup on a television at the Pinehurst No. 8 clubhouse during the 114th North & South Amateur.

Argentinian Andres Schonbaum arrived to Pinehurst No. 8 early Tuesday for the first round of the 114th North & South Amateur, hopeful to change his tee time to an earlier start.

Why?

He wanted to ensure he could watch the World Cup match between his native Argentina and Switzerland.

Alas, Schonbaum had to stick with his 8:33 a.m. time, but upon finishing his round at the 9th hole, raced to the No. 8 clubhouse to get in front of a TV.

“Like you grew up with a football, we grew up with futbols.” – Andres Schonbaum

He ordered a beer.

“I didn’t finish too well,” said the 23-year-old graduate of Jackson State. “I guess I was getting too anxious.”

When Angel Di Maria finally broke through with just 2 minutes remaining in extra time, however, Schonbaum jubilantly raised his arms in triumph. A smile creased a face reddened by equal parts Pinehurst sunshine and World Cup angst.

He, however, never felt fully safe until Switzerland’s last-effort free kick was cleared, allowing Schonbaum to stand, hold his hands together in a paryer motion, and quietly bow his head.

“That was scary,” he said.

“Our country is not doing well; the economy is terrible. This is the one time where we can all come together.” – Andres Schonbaum

Schonbaum explained why the match, which vaulted Argentina into the World Cup quarterfinals, meant so much to him – and his family, which still resides in Argentina.

“I’d compare it to the Super Bowl, only the World Cup is every four years, so it’s different,” he said. “That’s why it’s so special. Our country is not doing well; the economy is terrible. This is the one time where we can all come together.”

His 6-over 77 seemed like a long, long time ago.

“Like you grew up with a football, we grew up with futbols…or…”

Schonbaum adds a pause to find the word.

“Soccer balls.”

 

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