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5 ways the Carolina Panthers can help your golf game

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For those of us in the Carolinas, it’s been a wonderful NFL season to follow. We’re excited about the Carolina Panthers as they prepare to play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

When you take a deeper look at the Panthers, though, it’s interesting to see how reflecting on the Panthers’ evolution into a Super Bowl-caliber team and organization might impact your golf game.

Whether the Panthers win or lose to the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s clear to us that you can take a few fundamentals from the Panthers’ players and coaching staff and apply them in a way that could make you a better golfer.

Here’s how:

1. Play to Your Strengths When the Panthers drafted safety/linebacker hybrid Shaq Thompson a year ago, many experts questioned the pick because the Panthers were in such good shape at linebacker already, especially with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. But the Panthers had hit on something, and it seems to have been something they found back when they drafted Kuechly. He was the best player left on the board at the ninth pick in 2012, and though the Panthers appeared set at linebacker even then, Kuechly was too good to pass up. Four years later, it’s clear that rangy linebackers who can drop into coverage are becoming more important again. And the Panthers now have a unique stable of them.

Why are you trying to bomb your 5 wood on your second shot of a par 5? Take your 5 iron, play to your best spot and play from there.

From Gridiron to Links: What’s your best club for approach shots? Is it your wedge? Maybe you’re more comfortable with your 7 iron than your 8 iron for some reason. You know what shots you are best at, so try to play more of those in your round. If you’re best from 100 yards out, but shudder at those in-between pitches from 60 yards, why are you trying to bomb your 5 wood on your second shot of a par 5? Take your 5 iron, play to your best spot and play from there. Same goes off the tee. Play to your strengths. … Continue Reading

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Pinehurst to host 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Regional

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To get to Augusta National, you may have to go through Pinehurst.

That will, at least, be the case for several participants in the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which announced recently Pinehurst will serve as one of 10 regional sites in September.

“A hallmark of Pinehurst’s history has been its affection for the amateur golfer, and in many cases, the young amateur player,” said Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers. “We are honored to participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. We believe it adds to Pinehurst’s legacy as a home for amateur golf, a legacy that includes the century-old North & South Amateurs, past U.S. Men’s and Women’s Amateurs as well as the U.S. Kids Golf World championship events. We look forward to welcoming these tremendously talented young players to Pinehurst.”

The regional, which is the third and final stage in qualifying for the championship, will crown a winner from each age and gender category. Those winners will then advance to the Championship Final, which is played at Augusta National on Sunday, April 2, 2017, the eve of the 2017 Masters.

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Is this now the best 3-putt ever?

MORE THAN 730,000 VIEWS on YouTube. More than 1.2 million loops on Vine. One million visits to the original post on


There’s a good chance you’ve seen Kelly Mitchum’s trick shot video of what was then considered the best 3-putt in the history of golf.

Now though, Mitchum, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy and an accomplished professional golfer, has outdone himself.

Just when you thought there was no such thing as a good 3-putt, Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum has proven otherwise.


Go ahead, compare the two and see which you like better: … Continue Reading

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Golfer takes Happy Gilmore swing…on ice

Hat tip to GolfNewsNet with this find. Check out Panthers’ fan Andrew Kiger as he goes full Happy Gilmore on ice skates.

That’s how you make the best of an ice storm. Keep pounding, Andrew.

Note: If you can’t view the video from Andrew’s Tweet, perhaps this one will work for you: … Continue Reading

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Operation Double Eagle – and how you can help

In November, on Veterans Day, Pinehurst had the distinct honor to host the inaugural Veterans Golf Association championship. We’ve always been honored by walking in the footsteps of great golf champions. But we were truly humbled by walking in the footsteps of heroes. 

The VGA is producing a documentary, Operation Double Eagle, to chronicle the incredible fight and passion of the amazing men and women, who are using golf to enrich their lives, and in many cases, heal from PTSD.

This game is amazing, isn’t it?

The VGA is raising money from those who wish to contribute to the project here. Above, please watch the trailer to Operation Double Eagle and be inspired.


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