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Nick Stafford wins rain-shortened Donald Ross Junior

Nick Stafford won a three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff on Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship.

Nick Stafford won a three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff on Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship.

RESULTS

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.).

Winston Margaritis won the 12-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior.

Winston Margaritis won the 12-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior.

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.

Akshay Bhatia

Akshay Bhatia won the 11-and-Under division of the Donald Ross Junior.

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.

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The Best in Pinehurst Video – 2013

One thing you learn when you work at Pinehurst – have the camera ready.

Pinehurst is a place synonymous with history. It is the Cradle of American Golf, the St. Andrews of America. But the beauty of Pinehurst is that its history is always an evolving one. In less than six months, history will again call Pinehurst home with unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens.

It is because of Pinehurst’s lasting and continuing place in golf and Southern hospitality so many want to be here and experience what makes our home so special. And so they come, whether it’s for leisure and a round of golf, or to preview their chance at earning a seat with the game’s immortality.

But as we also saw, history can happen on any day at Pinehurst. And in 2013, it did.

And we had the camera rolling.

Here are Pinehurst’s Top 5 most-viewed videos of 2013.

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The Ultimate Pinehurst Christmas List

Santa Putter Boy Pinehurst

Just let us take a wild guess on this one, OK?

You’ve asked your husband/boyfriend/brother/father/son/son-in-law what he wants for Christmas. You’ve asked more than once. You’ve asked daily. And now, you’re ready to kill him.

Why?

Because you keep getting this answer:

“I don’t know. I don’t really need anything.”

Now, we also understand this can go both ways. She doesn’t know what she wants, either. Or, ahem, what she needs. (OK, OK, we all know she NEEDS you to do more around the house and help with the kids and stuff, but that isn’t helping under the tree right now, is it?)

And this can extend beyond family as well. Boss? Co-worker? Father-in-law? (Oh right, that’s technically family.)

Anyway, we’re here to help.

If you’re reading this, then someone on your Christmas list follows golf and has a soft spot for Pinehurst. So while we know we’re all running out of time, any of these items can be found at Pinehurst’s Golf Shop (open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.), and many of them can be found online (or call 1-800-795-4653) at ShopPinehurst.com.

Now, we do have to mention that shipping might be a little tight for Christmas right now, but you can at least take a shot. And besides, who doesn’t love a little extra AFTER Christmas? (Ladies, a hint: Guys don’t care if it’s late. Honest. Especially if you tell them their gift is COMING FROM PINEHURST. Trust us on this one.)

And finally, if you’re THAT GUY, or THAT GIRL, telling people “I don’t really NEED anything for Christmas,” we have an option for you, too.

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The Pinehurst Gingerbread Village

 

Here’s a look behind the scenes putting together the 2013 Gingerbread Village of Pinehurst at the historic Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort. The Gingerbread Village is constructed by Pinehurst Pastry Chef Joey Norombaba and his incredible team. The Village is on display for the viewing public.

The village display required the sub-structure to be built with plywood by the Hotel carpenters in order to support the structure. The project took the team over 100 hours to be complete.

The display consists of the Carolina Hotel, The Village Chapel and four residential homes in Pinehurst.

Chef Norombaba led a team of 12 artists from the pastry shop and Resort kitchens during four weeks to complete each building and the surrounding details.

So, want to build your own at home? Awesome. Here’s the recipe:

150LBS of 10x powdered sugar
3 Gallons egg whites
3 quarts lemon juice
18LBS rolled fondant
5LB pretzels
3 cups of green food coloring
150LBS of HOUSE BAKED gingerbread
5LBS Dark chocolate
15LBS VARIOUS CANDIES
2cs rice Krispies

 

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The Pinehurst Blog is moving…here.

A New Home

A New Home

In June 2012, Pinehurst Resort launched its blog for a reason.

You.

So much happens at Pinehurst Resort – from Sir Nick Faldo appearing twice in a year to Ken “The Champ” Climo breaking out a Frisbee golf disc on Pinehurst No. 2 – and we wanted to have a home to tell you all about it.

We feel like, thanks to you, the Blog has been a tremendous success. But with success comes opportunity, and today we have an opportunity to move to a new home.

Pinehurst.com.

Or perhaps better put, the new Pinehurst.com.

We’re here now, as are all of your favorite posts from the last 18 months. We’re now housed in the News section of Pinehurst Resort’s redesigned website.

Just because we’ve moved doesn’t mean much has significantly changed. We’ll continue to tell you the stories that make Pinehurst what it is today, present the videos you have come to expect from us, and provide the kind of inside-the-ropes access to the 2014 U.S. Open Championships you will get nowhere else.

Thanks for reading, we hope you continue reading, and feel free to stop on by the new digs as often as you’d like.

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