It’s another new era for the iconic Pinehurst Clubhouse:
When the U.S. Kids World Championships descend on Pinehurst Resort each year, sometimes the most interesting place to be is not on the golf courses to watch the talented young golfers of the world compete, but to mill around the Clubhouse, or the putting green or Maniac Hill to soak in the international flavor, languages and dialects permeating the grounds at the Cradle of American Golf.
It is awe-inspiring to witness just how far-reaching our favorite game is. It is even better to chat with our friends and U.S. Kids from around the world, and to hear them tell us – in their own words – how special Pinehurst is.
Indeed, it’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst – in any language.
We can think of no place better for Phil Mickelson to complete the career Grand Slam than with us in 2014.
ALLY MCDONALD CAPTURES 111TH NORTH & SOUTH WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Mississippi State All-American defeats junior star Yueer “Cindy” Feng 3 & 2
BY ALEX PODLOGAR
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Ally McDonald didn’t hear the tournament official.
After pulling her drive left of her target on the 438-yard 16th hole on Pinehurst No. 2, McDonald marched off the tee, head down, eyes fierce and narrowed. An official asked if she wanted some water. After all, the heat index had soared above 100 degrees. … Continue Reading
ALLY MCDONALD RALLIES TWICE, AVENGES NCAA LOSS TO ANNIE PARK TO ADVANCE TO NORTH & SOUTH SEMIFINALS
BY ALEX PODLOGAR
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Two months ago, with the NCAA Championship on the line, Ally McDonald had a chance to chase down Southern Cal star Annie Park.
She shot 81.
Yet now, in match play on famed Pinehurst No. 2 at the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur, a potential second chance was looming.
In the round of 16 Friday morning, McDonald was 3 down through nine holes, and a potential quarterfinal meeting with Park seemed very far away.
“I was just giving strokes away,” McDonald said. “I was basically just handing it over.”
But that’s just not the Mississippi State All-American’s style. No way could she allow herself to go out like this.
“If I need to win a hole making a birdie, or making a really big up and down, I’m going to find a way to do that, whether it’s skill, whether it’s just willpower, I’m going to try my best to pull off the shot I need to pull off.”
She’s not kidding.
And so McDonald rallied against Cyna Rodriguez in her morning round, winning five of the last seven holes to set up the supermatch with Park, who cruised into the quarterfinals with a 3 & 2 win over Monifa Sealy.