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Let’s see your greatest trick shot

We’re always on the lookout for new trick shots. Got a great one you’ve just done? Tweet it to us @PinehurstResort and we might share it with all of our followers on all of our social channels.

Until then, a couple we stumbled upon:

Not sure if it’s new or, for that matter, real. But we like it.

Ah, kids and golf.

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Robert Dedman’s Rules of Order

The bronze plaque displayed in front of the statue of Robert Dedman Sr. on the Pinehurst Walk of Fame says it all. If we were to put it even more succinctly: Mr. Dedman is most responsible for resurrecting Pinehurst and making it is what it is – again – today.

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Mr. Dedman wrote a set of rules to live by – and, importantly, to work by as well. Clearly, they would work well for golf, too.

They are Robert’s Rules of Order.

  1. A sense of balance must apply to all areas of your life, not just your livelihood.
  2. It’s so important in life to have a life plan. Planning is a prelude to balance.
  3. The more you learn, the more you earn. Even more importantly, the more you learn, the more you live.
  4. A positive mental attitude is a key ingredient to a balanced, long and happy life.
  5. Humor is one of the best ways to get and keep a positive mental attitude. When times get tough, humor help…even sick humor.
  6. It’s nice to be important, but even more important to be nice.
  7. Setting up “win-win” relationships is the ultimate measure of success in life…and in business.
  8. Be a giver; not a taker. They don’t put luggage racks on hearses for good reason.
  9. Integrity, good health, family and friends are worth more than money can buy.
  10. Don’t forget to have fun. The more fun you have, the more money you make. It works both ways. The more money you make, the more fun you have.

 

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Driving at Pinehurst – The Best of the Lot

Curtis Strange says he enjoys Pinehurst so much because it is a community and a lifestyle that is intricately connected to what he has done all of his life – play and enjoy golf.

While that sentiment is certainly evident just about anywhere in the Village of Pinehurst, a quick glance around the parking lot at Pinehurst’s Resort Clubhouse reveals just how ingrained golf is here. Here is a sampling of a few of our favorite golf-themed license plates we’ve seen here.

All of these plates were seen in Pinehurst’s clubhouse lot alone. Got a golf-themed plate of your own? Feel free to post in the comments. We may even include it in the gallery here.

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Kristen Gillman adds North & South Amateur Championship to her U.S. Women’s Amateur crown

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Kristen Gillman won the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 on Friday. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Gillman, who won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur, defeats Katelyn Dambaugh 3&2 to win the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur

BY ALEX PODLOGAR      

MATCH PLAY BRACKET

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Nothing could slow down Kristen Gillman at the Women’s North & South Amateur.

Not Pinehurst No. 2.

Not one of the best college players in the country.

Not even lightning and driving rain.

Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, continued her brilliant roll through the 114th playing of Pinehurst’s storied tournament, carding three birdies in seven holes on the back nine to turn away South Carolina All-American Katelyn Dambaugh 3&2 on Friday.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Gillman, who became the first U.S. Women’s Amateur champion to also win the North & South since Danielle Kang accomplished the feat in 2011. “Everyone wants to win every tournament they play, but this one is really big. This is a tournament everyone wants to play and win.”

How Gillman won the coveted Putter Boy trophy will go down as one of the most dominant performances in the championship’s history, which dates back to 1903. While Gillman was just the ninth seed in match play and won 1-up to survive the Round of 16, she was lights out from there. Gillman won her last three matches 7&6, 6&5 and then was in control of the championship match against Dambaugh, leading 3-up after just 11 holes.

Gillman did all of that on famed Pinehurst No. 2, home to more single golf championships than any other site in America.

“I thought I played pretty well,” said Dambaugh, who was the runner-up for the Annika Award, given to the top women’s collegiate golfer. “But Kristen did a really, really good job.”

Dambaugh had her opportunities early in match as Gillman’s short game sputtered, and even led 1-up after the 7th hole.

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Kristen Gillman chips during the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur in Pinehurst. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

But Gillman won the next four holes, winning 8 and 9 with pars before birdies on 10 and 11, the latter of which came on a 25-foot putt after she had missed the fairway for the first time in the match.

“I was just really tired in the beginning and lost my focus,” Gillman said of her start. “My caddie (Pinehurst caddie Kevin Kristy) gave me a little pep talk, saying, ‘This is the last match. Just don’t give up. Leave everything out here.’ That got me focused again.”

Just, though, as everything was rolling again for Gillman, in came rolling thunder and clouds. Play was suspended for 2 ½ hours for rain and lightning with the players around the 12th green.

But it didn’t faze Gillman, who spent the time scrolling through old photos on her mother’s phone with her sister Emily.

“We did that and watched the lightning,” said the 18-year old, who will attend powerhouse Alabama next month. “The delay went by really fast for me.”

The break seemed to reignite Dambaugh, who made terrific par saves from greenside bunkers on 12 and 13 to stay in the match. Dambaugh’s approach at 13 appeared to be perfect but came up just short, burying under the lip. Somehow, though, Dambaugh hacked it out to 18 feet, where she made the putt to grab some momentum.

But even that didn’t sway Gillman.

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Katelyn Dambaugh hits a tee shot during the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur in Pinehurst. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

“She’s a great, great player,” Gillman said of Dambaugh. “I knew she wasn’t going to leave without a fight. I expected that to happen.”

And so Gillman stayed aggressive, hitting a beautiful tee shot to about 20 feet on the par-3 15th, where she nearly won the match as her birdie try brushed the side of the cup.

On the par-5 16th, playing first from the fairway, Gillman still didn’t shy away from the stage, reaching the green in two with a piercing fairway metal.

Dambaugh’s second shot finished just short of the green, and  after her chip rolled by, Gillman nearly sank her eagle try, leading Dambaugh to concede the birdie and the match.

It was a match that lived up to the stature of the two participants. Both among the highest ranking amateur players in the world, Gillman and Dambaugh combined to hit 22 of 26 fairways and 22 of 32 greens on Donald Ross’ perilous gem. Gillman, in the end, was even par through 16 and both players played the last five holes in 1-under, halving each of them.

“Kristen had it going for her today,” Dambaugh said. “She was outstanding.”

The Women’s North & South Amateur is the longest consecutively running amateur championship in the United States. North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey as well as Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.

As much as the North & South is a championship with a great past, it also continues to foster a great legacy. Ten of the last 13 Amateur champions have joined the LPGA Tour, three of whom have won major championships – Pressel, Tseng and as of Sunday, Lang, who won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open.

114TH WOMEN’S NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pinehurst No. 2

ROUND OF 16

No. 16 Anna Redding d. No. 1 August Kim, 2&1

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 8 Kelly Grassel, 1up

No. 4 Jennifer Chang d. No. 13 Brooke Graebe, 3&2

No. 12 Sydney Needham d. No. 5 Cecily Overbey 2&1

No. 15 Malia Nam d. No. 2 Maddie Szeryk, 3&1

No. 7 Jaclyn Lee d. No. 10 Alice Chen, 5&4

No. 14 Yujeong Son d. No. 3 Emilia Migliaccio, 2&1

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 6 Kacie Komoto, 2up

QUARTERFINALS

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 16 Anna Redding , 7&6

No. 4 Jennifer Chang d. No. 12 Sydney Needham, 4&3

No. 15 Malia Nam d. No. 7 Jaclyn Lee, 2&1

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 14 Yujeong Son, 5&3

Friday, July 15, 2016

SEMIFINALS

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 4 Jennifer Chang, 6&5

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 15 Malia Nam, 1up

CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh, 3&2

 

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Former U.S. Amateur champ gunning for a victory at Pinehurst

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Kristen Gillman, who won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur, has her sights set on a win at Pinehurst in the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur.

Kristen Gillman won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur and advances to the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur semifinals

BY ALEX PODLOGAR       

MATCH PLAY BRACKET

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Kristen Gillman has already won the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Now she’ll try to win at Pinehurst.

Gillman, who defeated LPGA Tour star Brooke Henderson to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur in at Nassau Country Club, needed a birdie on 16 to narrowly win her Round of 16 match before romping past Anna Redding 7 & 6 in the afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday.

It was a brilliant performance in a storied championship that has tested the world’s best amateurs. Gillman made three birdies in 12 holes against Redding, leading 3up through four holes and 6up through 9 to beat Redding, who earlier in the day had knocked off medalist and No. 1 seed August Kim 2 & 1.

Kristen Gillman with the Robert Cox Trophy after winning the final round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

Kristen Gillman with the Robert Cox Trophy after winning the final round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

“Anna’s a really good player, and she didn’t play badly,” said Gillman, who will begin her freshman season at powerhouse Alabama next month. “It’s just that I had three birdies in 12 holes, and on this course, if you get a birdie, you’re probably going to win the whole.”

She’ll play another top junior, Jennifer Chang, in the semifinal on Friday at 7 a.m. The fourth-seeded Chang is the highest remaining seed after the 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 seeds all fell in the Round of 16.

“I don’t know Kristen, but I know of her,” said Chang, of nearby Cary. “I know she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. That’s some really tough competition, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Gillman, still only 18, is hopeful to add a Putter Boy to her already stuffed trophy case on the course that hosted the 1989 U.S. Women’s  Amateur and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

“The Women’s North & South is just a really great event,” she said. “It’s really prestigious and one of the biggest amateur tournaments. It’s always nice to play in the biggest events I can, and that’s what led me here.

“All the history – the U.S. Opens, Payne Stewart – it’s all here.”

But she’ll have to get by Chang, who’s been one of the steadiest players all week and has been comfortable on No. 2 in her second North & South.

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“I feel like I’m at home, being only an hour away,” said the 16-year-old who has committed to play for Southern California. “I know the course very well, and I love Donald Ross. I have a lot of experience here.”

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Jennifer Chang tees off at the Women’s North & South Amateur. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Katelyn Dambaugh has plenty of experience at Pinehurst now as well. The top-ranked player in the field when the tournament began, Dambaugh may be the 11th seed in match play, but she’s perhaps the most formidable player remaining. She’s also back in the North & South semifinals for the second consecutive year after cruising past another highly regarded junior, Yujeong Son, 5 &3 in the quarterfinals.

“It’s such a prestigious place, and it would be such an honor to win at a place like this with such great history.”

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One of the best players in amateur golf, South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh, returns to the Women’s North & South Amateur semifinals. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

An All-American at South Carolina and the runner-up to win the Annika Award, given each year to the top women’s collegiate player, Dambaugh is playing her first tournament since the NCAA Championship. She began the week viewing the North & South as a tuneup for the upcoming U.S. Women’s Amateur.

But now?

“Might as well try to win it, right?” she joked.

Another rising junior stands in the way, though. Malia Nam, who took out second-seeded Maddie Szeryk in the Round of 16 3&1, hit her tee shot to 2 feet on the par-3 17th to close out Jaclyn Lee 2&1 and advance to the semifinals.

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Malia Nam tees off to start her round at the Women’s North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

This weekend, Nam will compete in the U.S. Junior Girls Championship, a USGA event.

“In the beginning, my goal was just to make match play,” said the No. 15 seed. “For me to make the semifinals, well, it’s unexpected.”

The Women’s North & South Amateur is the longest consecutively running amateur championship in the United States. North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey as well as Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.

As much as the North & South is a championship with a great past, it also continues to foster a great legacy. Ten of the last 13 Amateur champions have joined the LPGA Tour, three of whom have won major championships – Pressel, Tseng and as of Sunday, Lang, who won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open.

114TH WOMEN’S NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pinehurst No. 2

ROUND OF 16

No. 16 Anna Redding d. No. 1 August Kim, 2&1

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 8 Kelly Grassel, 1up

No. 4 Jennifer Chang d. No. 13 Brooke Graebe, 3&2

No. 12 Sydney Needham d. No. 5 Cecily Overbey 2&1

No. 15 Malia Nam d. No. 2 Maddie Szeryk, 3&1

No. 7 Jaclyn Lee d. No. 10 Alice Chen, 5&4

No. 14 Yujeong Son d. No. 3 Emilia Migliaccio, 2&1

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 6 Kacie Komoto, 2up

QUARTERFINALS

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 16 Anna Redding , 7&6

No. 4 Jennifer Chang d. No. 12 Sydney Needham, 4&3

No. 15 Malia Nam d. No. 7 Jaclyn Lee, 2&1

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 14 Yujeong Son, 5&3

Friday, July 15, 2016

SEMIFINALS

No. 9 Kristen Gillman vs. No. 4 Jennifer Chang, 7 a.m.

No. 15 Malia Nam vs. No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh, 7:08 a.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

TBD, noon

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