Pinehurst News

Golf Channel remembers Hogan’s breakthrough win at Pinehurst

If you were out enjoying the first weekend of spring, you may have missed two great Golf Channel pieces about Ben Hogan’s breakthrough win at Pinehurst.

Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of Hogan’s first professional win on Pinehurst No. 2. The historic victory broke a seven-year winless streak and set in motion one of the most successful careers of all time.

Hogan proceeded to win the Greater Greensboro Open and the Land of the Sky Open in Asheville. He went on to become one of just four golfers to win a career grand slam.

Pinehurst No. 2′s starters will be celebrating Hogan’s win all month long by donning Hogan-style caps. They’ll share his story with the players who are about to walk the fairways Hogan dominated in 1940.

Be sure to take 5 minutes out of your day to watch both of these videos and head over to PinehurstStories.com to learn more about Hogan.

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Watch madness inflict Georgia State’s golf team

If you thought Ron Hunter’s reaction to Georgia State’s upset stunner of Baylor was insane, check out the Georgia State golf team:

Ah, college…

 

And if Georgia State has irrevocably busted your bracket, well, you have options:

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When kitten meets golf ball cuteness ensues

What happens when you give a kitten a golf ball?

An insanely adorable video appears on the Internet.

It’s Friday, so give yourself permission to watch it once or twice.

While you’re at it, check out this video of a fox playing with a golf ball.

If you like dogs, click here to watch a video of LPGA golfer Danielle Kang’s pug playing ball boy. We promise you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tourney Time – Pinehurst Madness

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In North Carolina, there are three things you can’t really argue: Golf, College Basketball and Barbecue.

Oh, wait. Actually, those three things are ALWAYS argued in North Carolina.

Still, with the NCAA Tournament tipping off, we figured we’d create a bracket of our own. And we’ll need your help.

It’s time for a little Pinehurst Madness, a tournament to decide which Pinehurst Resort golf course is the best. We’ve taken the liberty of seeding the tournament, and we’ve also removed Pinehurst No. 2 from the bracket. We figure after back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, it’s a pretty clear winner in its own right.

But we do have eight other championship courses. And now, it’s time for the first round:

No. 1 seed Pinehurst No. 4 vs. No. 8 seed Pinehurst No. 1

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Most agree Tom Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur. But then there's Pinehurst No. 1. And it all started here.
Pinehurst No. 4
273 Vote
Pinehurst No. 1
35 Vote

NOTE: Vote by clicking on the course of your choice. Votes are tallied automatically. 

No. 4 seed Pinehurst No. 9 vs. No. 5 seed Pinehurst No. 6

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Welcome to the dance, Jack. The area's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is Pinehurst No. 9, added to the Pinehurst stable in 2014. But it meets stalwart Pinehurst No. 6, an original Fazio design that features one of the more daunting closing nines at Pinehurst.
Pinehurst No. 9
159 Vote
Pinehurst No. 6
153 Vote

 

No. 3 seed Pinehurst No. 7 vs. No. 6 seed Pinehurst No. 3

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The Rees Jones monster of Pinehurst No. 7 is considered one of the toughest tracks in the area, and there is history as well: No. 7 was built on the site of a forgotten 9-hole employee course. Of Donald Ross's No. 3, Ben Crenshaw says: "I just don’t think people understand how good those holes are. They’re filled with interest. They’re shorter, but there’s plenty of character to them."
Pinehurst No. 7
224 Vote
Pinehurst No. 3
76 Vote

 

No. 2 seed Pinehurst No. 8 vs. No. 7 seed Pinehurst No. 5

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Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. No. 5 was designed in 1961 by Ellis Maples, a protégé of Donald Ross, and part of North Carolina’s first family of golf course design and construction.
Pinehurst No. 8
242 Vote
Pinehurst No. 5
62 Vote

 

Get your votes in, and soon we’ll move on to the second round!

 

 

 

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Paying tribute to Ben Hogan

On March 21, 1940, it finally happened.

Ben Hogan won.

The story has become the stuff of Pinehurst lore and legend. Hogan had toiled on the PGA Tour for seven years without a victory. He was close to calling the pro game quits and retiring back to Texas to become a club pro. His car rolled into Pinehurst for the 1940 North & South Open on four bald tires.

But Hogan opened with a first-round 66 on Pinehurst No. 2 and followed with a 67 in the next round, building a 7-shot lead. His 74 and 70 in the 36-hole finale on March 21 weren’t spectacular, but they still held off Snead by three shots. Hogan, finally – FINALLY -  was a winner.

The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

Pinehurst No. 2's starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan's first professional victory in the 9140 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

Pinehurst No. 2′s starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan’s first professional victory in the 1940 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

History is something we cherish at Pinehurst. And beginning this week, 75 years after Hogan finally broke through on No. 2, we are paying tribute to The Hawk. This Spring, the starters at Pinehurst No. 2 will greet players while donning Hogan-styled caps. As part of their regular welcome to the first tee, they will recount the story above before players walk into Hogan’s own footsteps – the footsteps that after Pinehurst, led to nine major championships and 68 other professional victories.

 

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