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9-year-old Pinehurst girl gets hair chopped for Wigs for Kids

Most people would probably be a bit apprehensive about getting 12 inches of hair lopped off, but Abby Eastman was all smiles as she walked into The Spa at Pinehurst on Wednesday morning.

“I was really excited,” she said.

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Abby Eastman’s freshly cut hair sits on the counter during her haircut Wednesday at The Spa at Pinehurst.

Beaming from ear to ear, the 9-year-old sat down in the chair with her long blond hair flowing down her back. Abigail Allen got to work combing the fourth-grader’s hair into four long ponytails.

When all her friends started getting haircuts a few weeks ago, Abby decided it was time for a change. She wanted to get her long locks cut shorter before basketball season got underway.

Her mother, Rachel Eastman, suggested donating the hair, an idea Abby immediately liked.

“I want to donate it to kids with cancer so they can feel pretty like me,” she said.

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DVR ALERT: Watch Jack and Arnie compete on Pinehurst No. 2

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus share a laugh in the Donald Ross Grill at Pinehurst Resort before their 1994 match on Pinehurst No. 2.

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus share a laugh in the Donald Ross Grill at Pinehurst Resort before their 1994 match on Pinehurst No. 2.

At noon ET on Thursday, Sept. 3, The Golf Channel will re-air the Shell Wonderful World of Golf match that was played on Pinehurst No. 2 in April, 1994

By Lee Pace

IT WAS SHOW BUSINESS, for sure. Jack Nicklaus vs. Arnold Palmer in a made-for-TV match at Pinehurst, part of the modern reincarnation of the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf series. Nicklaus owned the TV production company. Flags on each green had the yellow Shell logo in place of a green Pinehurst logo. No one hit a shot until cameras were properly positioned.

But watching Nicklaus and Palmer stride to the 18th green on a brilliant April afternoon in 1994, Palmer tipping his visor and Nicklaus patting his old rival on the back, was as real as the historical moments come on Pinehurst No. 2.

Arnie … Jack … Pinehurst … what scriptwriter came up with this? Some 4,000 in the gallery appreciated the significance of the moment. They clustered around the final green five and six deep, offering a hearty and rousing ovation to these heroes in the twilight of their careers.

Nicklaus won the match with a 67, rolling in a 70-foot putt from off the 18th green for a final birdie. Palmer shot 74.

“Jack and I haven’t always agreed on everything, but I think we’ve found one common ground here,” Palmer said after a practice round the day before the match. “I agree with him that No. 2 has been one of the greatest golf courses I’ve ever had the opportunity to play. And I go back to when he was wearing three-quarters pants when I first came here. That would have been 1947.” … Continue Reading

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Taste of the New South: An A to Z Guide

Fireside Collective will perform their unique blend of bluegrass music Friday during the Carolina Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin’.

Taste of the New South, a food & wine weekend, will kick off in just a few days. Here’s a quick guide to get your ready for the weekend. See you soon.

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(Silent) Auction: Silent Auction bidding will take place throughout the weekend in the Marketplace and close out Sunday night during the Culinary Tour of Pinehurst. The auction benefits the culinary program at Pinehurst High School and the hospitality programs at Sandhills Community College.

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Barbecue: The Pinehurst culinary team is cooking up a 120-pound pig and more than a dozen pork shoulders for Friday’s Carolina Oyster Road & Pig Pickin’ at the Historic Pinehurst Fair Barn. The N.C. BBQ station will be serving up vinegar-based, yellow mustard and blueberry barbecue sauces, while the Korean BBQ station will feature kalbi, gochujang and doenjang sauces.

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Craft beer: Try a variety of beers from half a dozen breweries including North Carolina-based Highland Brewing and Mother Earth Brewing. Out-of-towners will want to be sure to try samples from Rail House Brewery, which is just up the road in Aberdeen.

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Jake Wolf, chef and co-owner of Capital Club 16, will share his secrets to the ultimate brunch Saturday.

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Demonstrations: Jake Wolf, chef and co-owner of Capital Club 16, will kick off the demonstrations with his Southern-Influenced, Old European-Style Brunch Demo on Saturday. Chef Brian Sonoskus will share a Taste of Tupelo Honey Café on Saturday afternoon.

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Entertainment: The Asheville-based bluegrass band Fireside Collective will perform Friday during the Carolina Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin’. L Shape Lot, an Americana band based in country, rock, bluegrass and roots/folk music, will provide the music during Sunday’s Culinary Tour of Pinehurst.

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Farm to fork: Our culinary team has scoured the region to find the best ingredients for Sunday’s Farm to Fork Brunch. Enjoy Southern breakfast and lunch specialties sourced from farmers within a 50-mile radius.

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The Story Behind Kelly Mitchum’s Amazing 3-Putt

By Lee Pace

Enter the phrase “Kelly Mitchum Pinehurst 3 putt” in a Google search box and in 0.93 seconds you’ll get 3,140 results. PGA.com anointed Mitchum a “magician.” He’s been fêted on CBSSports.com and on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program and given a cyber pat-on-the-back by noted golf blogger Geoff Shackelford.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” says Mitchum, a longtime instructor in the Pinehurst Golf Academy.

They say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. Mitchum’s had a dose of golf fame in qualifying four times for the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four “majors,” while holding down a full-time job at Pinehurst.

Now his fame is taking a wholly different presence with a 20-second, self-produced video posted July 10 on Pinehurst.com that shows Mitchum executing a “trick shot” on a practice putting green — three putts struck within one second of each other, traveling on different paths and reaching the bottom of the same hole in rapid-fire succession.

What makes the feat so awe-inspiring is that the third putt hits the hole first, followed by the second, followed by the first.

“A lot of conversations are getting started these days, ‘Hey, I saw your three-putt,’” says Mitchum. “It’s been interesting. I got an email from a guy in India who’d been to our golf school a while back and had seen it. It’s pretty amazing.”

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It’s the product of some imagination and skill on the part of Mitchum, 44, a former N.C. State golfer and winner of the 1993 North and South Amateur. And it’s a product as well of today’s social-media conscious world that gobbles up short and sweet bits of content like M&Ms.

By late August, the Mitchum clip on YouTube had more than 115,000 views. A Vine posting had registered more than 920,000 “loops,” as they’re known on the site comprised of 6-second video clips, and conceivably could reach 1 million. The “news” page of the Pinehurst website where the Mitchum video is housed has generated some 75,000 views. … Continue Reading

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Mona Jackson hits 4 Pinehurst courses on her quest to play 50 this year

We recently caught up with Mona Jackson, a North Carolina native who is on a quest to play 50 golf courses before her 50th birthday in December.

Mona played a little golf growing up, tagging along with her father for a few holes here and there, but caught the fever about 25 years ago.

Lucky for us, Mona chose to play four Pinehurst courses earlier this month. Here’s a quick Q & A about her journey.

Q: Where did the idea for #50CoursesFor50Years come from?

A: I am going to be 50 years old Dec. 16, 2015 and I had been thinking about doing something golf-related for some time. Golf has been a big part of my life the past 25 years and in some way I wanted to give something back to the game while celebrating this milestone birthday. A friend of mine had just completed a 40 year milestone of trying 40 breweries in her 40th year, so I thought, why not golf courses. My goal is to play 50 different golf courses between my 49th and 50th birthdays.

Q: How did you decide which courses you’ll play?

A: “There were a number of factors involved: My work schedule, travel involved, expense, course favorites. I picked some of my favorites and then some I had not played before. I started Dec. 15, 2014 at Doral – great course, but very hard.”

Q: What made you want to include Pinehurst? 

A: First of all, I am from North Carolina, so playing at Pinehurst was a no brainer. Secondly, I love the Pinehurst area – the charm, the history, the people – spending a week there was an amazing vacation experience.

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