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Sean Walsh wins the 115th North & South Amateur

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Sean Walsh stands with the coveted Putter Boy trophy after winning the 115th North & South Amateur Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Walsh defeats medalist and top seed George Cunningham 3 & 1 on Pinehurst No. 2

Match Play Bracket

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – If you only followed the top half of the North & South field last year, you likely missed Sean Walsh. And he wouldn’t blame you.

“Oh, we made a trip last year,” Walsh said of his first appearance in the North & South. “We didn’t really play golf. I don’t know what that was called.”

A pair of 76s meant Walsh’s trip from the Pacific Northwest was a short one; the Gonzaga golfer didn’t even make the 36-hole cut.

But, even in his first, albeit brief, visit to Pinehurst, Walsh learned something – something very valuable when it comes to golf at Pinehurst.

“It was a lot thinking you could hit a shot like…Say, you have a back-left pin,” Walsh explained. “I learned my lesson very quickly as far as when I came back: if you have a back-left pin, you don’t hit it at the back-left pin.

Walsh took that advice to heart throughout the week on Donald Ross’ legendary Pinehurst No. 2, playing a masterful round of golf to beat George Cunningham 3 & 1 to win the 115th North & South Amateur Championship on Friday afternoon. … Continue Reading

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Pinehurst celebrates Independence Day

At Pinehurst, we celebrate Fourth of July in a big way.

That’s why you’ll see 24 American flags flying atop the main clubhouse. It’s a sight that will fill you with pride and patriotism. If you can’t stop by to see them this weekend, check out some of our photos.

 

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5 can’t miss July 4th activities at Pinehurst

Fourth of July weekend kicks off Friday at Pinehurst with a full day of activities planned for the entire family. Celebrate with a trip to Lake Pinehurst for a little fun in the sun or enjoy the comfort of the indoors at the Family Activity Center.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite activities below, but you can view the entire schedule here.

Sandcastle competitions

Bring your imagination and get ready to build. Competitions get underway at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Start brainstorming a unique design now!

Falconry with Chip 

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Join Chip in the Stevens/Taylor Room for a fascinating falconry session from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. You’ll get to see birds of prey like the peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, Harris hawk, owls and more during this interactive learning experience. Chip will share his knowledge of these unique birds and give you a chance to see them fly!

Patriotic concert

Get in the spirit with patriotic tunes courtesy for the Moore County Concert Band. The complimentary concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom. Seating is limited, so arrive early to nab a good spot!

Fireworks and more

July4thIceCreamJoin us at the main clubhouse for a festive evening that includes live music, face painting and a complimentary ice cream sundae bar. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m. Saturday. Stick around for the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Beach Blanket Bingo

Stop by Lake Pinehurst to play this classic game with a twist. Both children and adults will love playing this one. Play from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Top-seeded Cunningham fights his way to North & South semifinal

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George Cunningham looks over a putt on Pinehurst No. 2 during the quarterfinals of the 115th North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

No. 2 seed Clark Engle cruises while third-seeded Ben Griffin suffers tough loss

Match Play Bracket

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Nobody had a tougher day over two matches than George Cunningham.

Unless you count Henry Do.

Cunningham, the top seed after stroke play in the 115th North & South Amateur, needed all 18 holes in both of his matches on Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, edging both 16th seed Andrew Novak and upstart Chun an Yu 1-up to advance to Friday’s semifinals.

“I definitely had to work for it,” said Cunningham, the only player Thursday to play the 18th twice.

While his match with Novak was up and down, Cunningham never trailed, but never wrestled away control until a birdie on the 17th hole. A matching par on 18 was enough to close out Novak, who had survived a four-hole, six-man playoff late Wednesday to earn the final match play seed in the championship.

The afternoon round against Yu was a different story. Cunningham trailed three times, only to come back with birdies on 7, 9 and 11 to square the match. Finally, with a birdie on 14, Cunningham took the lead on the reigning Western Junior champion, but still had to answer the 16-year-old bomber, making a 7-footer for birdie to halve the 16th before holing a slick downhill 4-footer on 17 for par to stay 1-up. … Continue Reading

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Novak survives wild playoff to make North & South Amateur match play

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Andrew Novak putts during the third round of the 115th North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. Novak survived a wild playoff to advance as the final seed into the tournament’s match play. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Arizona’s George Cunningham takes top seed after winning medalist honors on Pinehurst No. 2

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MATCH PLAY BRACKET

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Andrew Novak didn’t mind knowing he had to make the putt for birdie on 18 to stay out of a playoff. Of course, he didn’t really have a choice, either.

“Oh, I was informed,” he said sardonically. “My lovely mother had told me.”

As if the day wasn’t rough enough, Novak, who had begun the final stroke play round of the 115th North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 alone in third place, had tumbled all the way down the leaderboard into a tie with five others for 16th.

The math of the moment, though, was simple. Make the birdie from about 12 feet in the shadow of Payne Stewart’s statue and advance to match play as the final seed. Miss, and that meant signing for an 8-over 78 and God knows what.

Novak missed.

“I knew if I made it, I was probably safe,” said Novak, who plays at Wofford. “And if I missed, that I’d probably be in a playoff. Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be that kind of playoff.” … Continue Reading

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