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Amateur legend Paul Simson makes more history at Pinehurst

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Paul Simson, one of the most decorated amateur golfers in history, stands with his record seventh Putter Boy trophy after winning the 64th Senior Men’s North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

With fifth Senior North & South title, Simson shares most championships in Pinehurst history



VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Over twenty years ago, before he won his first North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, Paul Simson couldn’t bring himself to even look at the wall of names of past champions in the resort’s famed clubhouse.

Oh, he knew the names. Knew them well. But even for the man who seems to have won every amateur title imaginable, it was the thought of having his name emblazoned in bronze at Pinehurst that sent the chill through him.

“I wouldn’t even go by the wall,” Simson said. “I just wanted my name to go up there so much, I couldn’t even bring myself to look at it.”

Just 20 years after winning the 1995 North & South Amateur, Simson played his way deeper into Pinehurst lore on Thursday after firing a final-round 69 to win the 64th Senior Men’s North & South Amateur Championship. It is Simson’s fifth Senior Amateur title, and with his two North & South championships, now puts his name on the North & South wall a total of seven times, the most in Pinehurst history. It is an honor he now shares with 7-time North & South Amateur Champion George Dunlap, 7-time Women’s North & South Amateur Champion Estelle Lawson Page and Carolyn Cudone, who won six Senior Women’s North & Souths and one Women’s North & South Amateur.

“I wouldn’t even go by the wall. I just wanted my name to go up there so much, I couldn’t even bring myself to look at it.” -Paul Simson

“It’s incredible to think about,” Simson said. “People 100 years from now may go by that wall, see my name and think, ‘What funny clubs did they use back then?’

“It’s something of a legacy, I guess. I know a lot of people who come here to visit and they stop by that wall. They tell me they’ve seen my name. It’s always a thrill to win at Pinehurst.”

Simson, a Raleigh native, came into the final round a shot behind Don Reycroft, of Norfolk, Massachusetts. But Simson and Reycroft were even after the 12th hole on Pinehurst No. 5, and when Reycroft opened the door with a bogey at 16, Simson capped his bogey-free round with a birdie at the 18th for a clear 4-shot victory at 10-under 204.

Birmingham, Alabama’s Steve Hudson was third after a final-round 67 for a three-day total of 5-under 209.

Simson, 64, is a legend in amateur golf, having won more than 200 titles. In 2010, he won the British Amateur, the Canadian Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur in a span of 55 days. In 2008, Simson played in the U.S. Senior Open, the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and the U.S. Senior Amateur.

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Judith Kyrinis stands with the Putter Boy trophy after winning the 58th Senior Women’s North & South Amateur. (photo by Sarah Campbell)

Judith Kyrinis, playing in her first Senior Women’s North & South, began the final round three shots back of Pat Brogden, but rallied with a 2-over-par 72 on Pinehurst No. 1 while Brogden shot 77 to capture the 58th playing of the championship by two shots.

While Brogden faltered, Kyrinis, who was the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up in 2014, had a string of nine straight pars in the middle of her round to keep the pressure on, allowing her to prevail with a 7-over 221.

“This is unbelievable,” said Kyrinis, who hails from Ontario, Canada. “It’s amazing to think my name will be next to all of those incredible golfers. It’s just really, really special.”

Pinehurst’s Spike Smith won the Super Senior division of the Senior Men’s North & South by two shots over Frank Costanzo, of Savannah, Georgia. Pinehurst’s Tony Smarrelli was third.

Ginny Burkey, of Eugene, Oregon, won the Women’s Super Senior division in a playoff against Beatriz Arenas, of Guatemala. Greenville’s Angela Stewart was third.

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Jack Nicklaus has some advice for U.S. Kids Golf

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.

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Pinehurst President talks 2024 U.S. Open & more on “Fairways of Life”

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.

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Tardy storms back to win Women’s North & South Amateur in 20 Holes

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Bailey Tardy stands with the coveted Putter Boy trophy after winning the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)



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.”


Bailey Tardy hits a chip shot onto the green during the final round of the Women’s North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)


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Par is good enough for players to advance to Women’s North & South semifinals


Katelyn Dambaugh, the No. 1 seed, tees off on the first hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the quarterfinals of the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Dambaugh, Wu, Tardy and Redding will vie for place in Pinehurst history

By Alex Podlogar



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

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