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5 can’t miss July 4th activities at Pinehurst

Fourth of July weekend kicks off Friday at Pinehurst with a full day of activities planned for the entire family. Celebrate with a trip to Lake Pinehurst for a little fun in the sun or enjoy the comfort of the indoors at the Family Activity Center.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite activities below, but you can view the entire schedule here.

Sandcastle competitions

Bring your imagination and get ready to build. Competitions get underway at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Start brainstorming a unique design now!

Falconry with Chip 

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Join Chip in the Stevens/Taylor Room for a fascinating falconry session from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. You’ll get to see birds of prey like the peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, Harris hawk, owls and more during this interactive learning experience. Chip will share his knowledge of these unique birds and give you a chance to see them fly!

Patriotic concert

Get in the spirit with patriotic tunes courtesy for the Moore County Concert Band. The complimentary concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom. Seating is limited, so arrive early to nab a good spot!

Fireworks and more

July4thIceCreamJoin us at the main clubhouse for a festive evening that includes live music, face painting and a complimentary ice cream sundae bar. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m. Saturday. Stick around for the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Beach Blanket Bingo

Stop by Lake Pinehurst to play this classic game with a twist. Both children and adults will love playing this one. Play from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Top-seeded Cunningham fights his way to North & South semifinal

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George Cunningham looks over a putt on Pinehurst No. 2 during the quarterfinals of the 115th North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

No. 2 seed Clark Engle cruises while third-seeded Ben Griffin suffers tough loss

Match Play Bracket

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Nobody had a tougher day over two matches than George Cunningham.

Unless you count Henry Do.

Cunningham, the top seed after stroke play in the 115th North & South Amateur, needed all 18 holes in both of his matches on Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, edging both 16th seed Andrew Novak and upstart Chun an Yu 1-up to advance to Friday’s semifinals.

“I definitely had to work for it,” said Cunningham, the only player Thursday to play the 18th twice.

While his match with Novak was up and down, Cunningham never trailed, but never wrestled away control until a birdie on the 17th hole. A matching par on 18 was enough to close out Novak, who had survived a four-hole, six-man playoff late Wednesday to earn the final match play seed in the championship.

The afternoon round against Yu was a different story. Cunningham trailed three times, only to come back with birdies on 7, 9 and 11 to square the match. Finally, with a birdie on 14, Cunningham took the lead on the reigning Western Junior champion, but still had to answer the 16-year-old bomber, making a 7-footer for birdie to halve the 16th before holing a slick downhill 4-footer on 17 for par to stay 1-up. … Continue Reading

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Novak survives wild playoff to make North & South Amateur match play

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Andrew Novak putts during the third round of the 115th North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. Novak survived a wild playoff to advance as the final seed into the tournament’s match play. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Arizona’s George Cunningham takes top seed after winning medalist honors on Pinehurst No. 2

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MATCH PLAY BRACKET

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Andrew Novak didn’t mind knowing he had to make the putt for birdie on 18 to stay out of a playoff. Of course, he didn’t really have a choice, either.

“Oh, I was informed,” he said sardonically. “My lovely mother had told me.”

As if the day wasn’t rough enough, Novak, who had begun the final stroke play round of the 115th North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 alone in third place, had tumbled all the way down the leaderboard into a tie with five others for 16th.

The math of the moment, though, was simple. Make the birdie from about 12 feet in the shadow of Payne Stewart’s statue and advance to match play as the final seed. Miss, and that meant signing for an 8-over 78 and God knows what.

Novak missed.

“I knew if I made it, I was probably safe,” said Novak, who plays at Wofford. “And if I missed, that I’d probably be in a playoff. Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be that kind of playoff.” … Continue Reading

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Beat the heat with our refreshing seasonal massage

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Beat the heat with a trip to the Spa at Pinehurst. Our latest seasonal massage will leave your feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

During the 50-minute service, our therapist will blend FarmHouse Fresh’s Citrus Cilantro Body Oil with Ginger Sorbet Body Milk to create a luxurious experience.

The treatment wraps up with a touch of ultra-hydrating Honey Heel Glaze to pamper the feet.

Book today by calling 855-878-5077 and requesting the seasonal massage.

Receive $25 off any 50 or 80-minute treatment Monday through Thursday.

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Cunningham leads; Engle’s 65 rockets him into contention at 115th North & South Am

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George Cunningham tees off on the first hole of Pinehurst No. 2 to start his second round in the 115th North & South Amateur on Tuesday. Cunningham shot 69 on Tuesday and leads the tournament by four shots over Clark Engle. (Photo by Sarah Campbell.)

Arizona’s George Cunningham leads by four, is lone player under par

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PHOTOS FROM ROUND 2

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Clark Engle’s day did not start well.

He came into Tuesday’s second round of the 115th North & South Amateur tied for 53rd after struggling to an 8-over 78 on a difficult Pinehurst No. 2 on Monday. With the field of 96 players teeing off on both the first and 10th tees, Engle was regulated as one of the also-ran’s on the 10th tee.

Then his round started, and…

It got much worse.

Clark Engle fired a tournament-low 65 on Pinehurst No. 2 on Tuesday to move from 53rd to second in the 115th North & South Amateur.

Engle bogeyed the par-5 10th hole – the 10th was the only hole on Monday that averaged a score under par – and then followed that with a bogey on 11. Already at 10 over through just 20 holes, Engle tumbled to near the bottom of the field. Guaranteed a third round of stroke play on No. 2 before having the field cut to the top 16 players, the Ohio State junior began to wonder what exactly he was playing for.

In 16 holes, he had his answer.

Clark Engle, it turns out, is playing to win. … Continue Reading

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