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You have to see this 6-year-old’s golf swing

What would John Daly’s golf swing look like on a 6-year-old?

Christian Bennett shows us.

Wow.

Hold on, we’ve got to watch that again.

Wow.

As if you couldn’t tell already, Christian can really, really play. He’s been playing golf since he got a plastic golf club at 18 months old, and broke his first window playing inside when he was about 2. Christian just turned 6 on Dec. 4, but last year played in 13 tournaments, winning three of them. He has a schedule of 24 tournaments in the Delaware and Pennsylvania area lined up for 2016.

One tournament on his schedule? The U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst. We can’t wait to see that awesome swing in person.

Hit ’em straight, Christian. See you in July.

 

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Bennett wins 4th straight Pinehurst Caddie Tournament

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Eric Bennett won his fourth straight Fletcher Gaines Caddie Tournament at Pinehurst.

For two days in January, there were no bags to carry, only scores to settle.*

This week, Pinehurst conducted its annual Fletcher Gaines Caddie Tournament, a two-day event pitting the Pinehurst caddies against themselves. The first round was played on Pinehurst No. 8 while the tournament concluded with the final round on Pinehurst No. 2.

Eric Bennett was again the runaway champion. Winning for the fourth straight year and for the fifth time overall, Bennett can now officially say he has the man for whom the tournament is named after in sight. Gaines, a Pinehurst Hall of Fame caddie, won the most Pinehurst caddie tournaments with seven titles.

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Bennett is on his heels, though. He shot an even-par 72 on No. 8 in the first round to carry a one-shot lead over Joe Crnko into play on No. 2. Bennett, though was even better on Donald Ross’s famed layout, lapping the field with a 1-under 71 to win by 10 shots over the second-place Crnko. Kevin Krysty, with rounds of 75 and 79, was alone in third.

For full field scores, go here.

*Apologies to The Fayetteville Observer’s Stephen Schramm for borrowing one of his better lines from his 2013 column about the Fletcher Gaines Caddie Tournament. It’s too good of a line not to use again. Please read his piece; it’s well worth your time.

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Pinehurst team shares their golf resolutions for 2016

It’s resolution time again. Instead of dreaming up resolutions that will make you want to pull your hair out, we thought a golf resolutions would be more fun.

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We asked our team to share theirs with you for inspiration. To the right, you’ll see Rob Pilewski, Pinehurst Country Club’s Head Golf Professional, has a number of goals for 2016. Let us know your golf resolutions in the comment section below!

Add 10 to 15 yards on my drive.
Kelly Mitchum
Lead Instructor, Pinehurst Golf Academy

Master my unconventional golf swing. I step into it like a baseball slugger, reroute the swing three times throughout. There are many different ways to get the job done. I wouldn’t teach it this way, but I can master my own.
Jeffrey Wojtusik
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst Nos. 1-8

As my children (ages 3 and 7) continue to enjoy the game and ask to go to the golf course, my hope is to take them as much as possible. In turn, I hope their excitement for the game inspires me to get better and to compete at a higher level in tournaments.
Cole Stiles
Pro Manager, Pinehurst No. 8

Play more golf. It makes no difference the number of holes I get to play at one time, I just want to get out and play. While trying to balance family and working at a golf course, it is easy for me to forget how much I enjoy playing and one of the primary reasons I wanted to become a golf professional. Instead of going 1-2 weeks without playing, it would be great to get out and play 1-2 times a week.
Adam Osterbur, PGA
Head Golf Professional/Manager, Pinehurst No. 6

Finally beat Mrs. Havercamp….
Adam Baj
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst Nos. 1-5

Practice better course management and forget about the little mistakes that happen on the golf course. I will do this by focusing on one shot and one hole at a time.
Paul Rezuke
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst No. 6

Work harder on my putting and short game. I also plan to play in more tournaments in 2016.
Anthony J. Cordes
Assistant Golf Professional, Don Padgett Learning Center

My resolution is to not only get better as a player but as an instructor as well. I hope to play and practice more to help myself get better, and to teach more often so that I can improve my coaching skills.
Matt Lunden
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst No. 7

Walk and carry more rounds in 2016. I also resolve to hit short game shots from difficult lies closer to hole more often in 2016.
Ryan Duckworth
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst No. 7

Improve the driving range experience for our members and guests, so they remember Maniac Hill as a world class practice facility. It is the original after all.
Scott Moody
Assistant Golf Professional, Don Padgett Learning Center

Practice like you play, making it a point to go through my pre-shot routine on each shot while practicing, and to finish all of Kelly Mitchum’s short game cards.
Robert Hoadley
Assistant Golf Professional, Don Padgett Learning Center

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Charlotte teen wins 68th annual Donald Ross Junior Championship

Mason Elmore is the champion of the 15-18 age division.

Mason Elmore is the champion of the 15-18 age division.

 

More than 260 junior golfers from 22 different states competed in the 68th annual Donald Ross Junior Championship held Dec. 28 and 29.

Mason Elmore of Charlotte, N.C. took home the title in the 15-18 age division. His bogey-free 68 in the second round on Pinehurst No. 5 led to a one-stroke victory over first round leader Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa.

Elmore, a high school junior, started the tournament with a solid 72 on Pinehurst No. 4. He finished his last nine holes three under par, while Brown struggled and came in +4.

Stephen Cerbara of Langhorne, Pa., who competed in a three-way playoff last year, finished third. Davis Lamb (Potomac, Md.), Grant Powell (Colfax, N.C.) and Jimbo Stanley (Raleigh, N.C.) all finished tied for fourth.

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Joseph Pagdin won the 12-14 age division.

Joseph Pagdin, last year’s runner-up, was the champion in the 12-14 age division. Over his last four rounds on Pinehurst No. 1, Pagdin is a combined eleven under par. The Orlando native shot a seven under par 63 in his final round.

Bryson Morrell of Knoxville, Tenn. and Narayan Mohan of Charlotte tied for second. Coming in tied for fourth was James Tureskis of Naples, Fla. and Luke Sample of New York, NY.

Slade Aliff took home top honors in the 11 & under age division.Slade Aliff of Hardy, Va. captured the 11 & under age division. His rounds of 74 and 76 were good enough for a two-shot victory over Kareem Elkassem of Raleigh, N.C.

Tied for third was last year’s runner-up Darren Choi of Toronto, Canada and Shaun Cook from Norcross, Ga. Bryan Fang of Raleigh, N.C. finished fifth.

View complete tournament results here.

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Steph Curry’s high school golf team pic

We couldn’t let this one slide. Check out reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry’s golf team photo from Charlotte Christian:

Curry’s quite a player, shoots regularly in the 70s and has a low round of 70 on Pebble Beach. It’s not a surprise he was the No. 1 player at Charlotte Christian. And he always represents for Pinehurst and North Carolina (check out the first minute below):

Thanks for the love, Steph. Now, about that rematch with the President…

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