2014 has arrived.
And Pinehurst is ready.
As we continue to look back on 2013 at Pinehurst (and get set to turn the page to the year we’ve all been waiting for with breathless anticipation), here’s the countdown of our most popular blog posts and stories from 2013.
For more Best of Pinehurst, check out our countdowns in…
Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams has always had an affinity for golf, so at his most recent Pinehurst visit, we chatted with him about how golf and basketball might be linked (Scroll to 1:45 in the above video). But we also asked what rounds of golf were like with Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, and even heard Roy’s best story about golfing with Coach Smith – and it happened right here on Pinehurst No. 2 (3:45).
But once we asked about Roy Williams’ philosophy concerning taking timeouts – or, in reality, NOT TAKING timeouts – that’s when the post hit the message boards and began to spread like wildfire. (Scroll to 5:45.)
An animated Furyk came away impressed – and even marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.
TOP 5 PINEHURST STORIES
One of our best additions to the Pinehurst Blog this year has been the writing of acclaimed author Lee Pace, as valuable a historian on Pinehurst and its place in golf as you will find anywhere on the planet. Lee authored several intriguing posts for us this year, and will continue to do so leading up to the U.S. Opens in 2014.
Here, Pace tells the story of how Bobby Jones came to choose Alister MacKenzie over the famed Donald Ross to design Augusta National – and breaking a supposed handshake agreement with Ross in the process. Read the role the fate of golf – and losing – played into Jones’ decision, and the legendary impact the decision made on Ross and his vision for what No. 2 could become.
Beautifully, just a few days after posting this list, and barely hours after the clock struck midnight on 2013 as a year and
we flipped our calendars our Outlook calendars updated to 2014, we added two Instagram posts that were MORE POPULAR than any we’ve ever had.
One of those is above.
The other is below.
Is it any surprise WE’RE THRILLED 2014 IS FINALLY HERE?
Clearly, the platform is ready-made for all things Pinehurst, and in just about a year, we’ve been fortunate to add about 1,200 followers. And if you like what you see here, please feel free to share this post and join us at our Instagram account – where it should get even more interesting over the next six months.
With that said, here are Pinehurst’s five most popular Instagram posts from 2013:
5. The restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 and the anticipation of how Donald Ross’s original intent will fare for back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014 will only intensify.
With over an inch of rain falling overnight and continuing, heavy at times, until 11:30 a.m., the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship was shortened to an 18-hole tournament on Sunday.
Still, the champion was decided on Pinehurst No. 2.
First round results were used to determine award winners, with the 15-18-year-old Boys division being split into two separate events (No. 4, No. 5). A playoff however, was held for the leaders of both 15-18 Boys division leaders to determine the overall 66th Donald Ross Jr. Champion.
Nick Stafford of Belmont, N.C., came out on top of the three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff held on the famed Pinehurst No. 2, host of the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in 2014. The three-hole loop of holes 1, 17, 18 were used and Stafford played those holes in 1-over par to seal his victory and a name plate in Pinehurst’s legendary hall of champions. Having played course No. 5 in the first round, Stafford was tied with Ian Hildebrand of Purcellville, Va., who both shot 70. On Pinehurst No. 4, Hunter Oxford and his score of 69 that earned him a spot in the three-man playoff.
Rounding out the top five from No. 5 results was second-place finishers and two-time defending champion Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., Peter Knade of Easton, Md., and Christian Salzer of Sumter, S.C. Tied for 5th place was Joshua Stockwell (West End, N.C.) and Kenny Park (Cumming, Ga).
Course No. 4 top finishers aside from Stafford and Hildebrand were T3 finishers Patrick Stephenson (Four Oaks, N.C.) S.M. Lee (Buford, Ga.), Thomas Eldridge (Raleigh, N.C.) and Timothy Conover (Holly Springs, N.C.).
Wintson Margaritis (Collierville, Tenn.), won the 12-14-year old age group with his score of 67 while in the 11 & Under it was 2012 runner-up Akshay Bhatia (Wake Forest, N.C.) who took home the trophy in his division with an outstanding round of 66.
The Championship for boys under age 18, separated in three divisions (11 and under, 12-14, and 15-18 provided the 18-year old is still in high school), is always scheduled the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The 11 and Under, and 12-14 Divisions play Pinehurst No. 1. The 15-18 Division plays Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 5, typically rotating courses after the first round.