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Pinehurst named as site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 12, 2015) –The United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday that it has selected Pinehurst Resort and Country Club as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 12-18, 2019.

The 2019 championship will mark the third time Pinehurst has hosted the U.S. Amateur. Labron Harris Jr. won the 1962 U.S. Amateur while Danny Lee was victorious when the championship returned in 2008.

Both Pinehurst No. 8 and Pinehurst No. 2 will be used for stroke-play qualifying whileNo. 2 will be used for match play to determine the champion.

“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” said Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort and Country Club CEO and Owner. “For as long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the amateur’s contribution to the game. To serve as the site of the U.S. Amateur will be an especially proud moment for Pinehurst, and it reflects the passion for amateur golf we share with the USGA.”

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Labron Harris Jr. reacts to winning the 1962 U.S. Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives)

Pinehurst No. 2, the venerable Donald Ross design, was restored by the team of Coore and Crenshaw in 2010. The course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America, and in 2014, became the first course to serve as the host of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks. The 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and the ninth since 1989, more than any other site in the United States. Pinehurst will also serve as host to the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident this renowned course will once again provide a worthy test and an enjoyable experience for all when it hosts the world’s top amateur players for a third time in 2019.”

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Danny Lee triumphed at Pinehurst in the 2008 U.S. Amateur.

Pinehurst has a long and storied history with amateur championships, hosting the North and South Men’s Amateur since 1901 and the North and South Women’s Amateur since 1903. Past winners of the North and South Amateur include many of the USGA’s greatest champions, including Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Harvie Ward, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton and Corey Pavin.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships.” Diana Murphy, USGA

“Pinehurst celebrates amateur golf every day,” said Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do so on the world stage by hosting the 2019 U.S. Amateur. We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and will have hosted 10 national championships at the conclusion of the U.S. Amateur. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated members and volunteers, the Village of Pinehurst and the state of North Carolina.”

Pinehurst No. 2 is the only course to have hosted all five of the USGA’s most important events: U.S. Open (1999, 2005, 2014), U.S. Women’s Open (2014), U.S. Amateur (1962, 2008, 2019), U.S. Women’s Amateur (1989) and U.S. Senior Open (1994).

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The 14th hole of Pinehurst No. 8.

The U.S. Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted on No. 8, a Tom Fazio design that opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial. Also known as the Centennial Course, No. 8 previously hosted the 1997 and 1998 PGA Professional National Championships.

The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles, with notable champions such as five-time champion Bob Jones, three-time champion Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jack Nicklaus, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton and Phil Mickelson.

Upcoming U.S. Amateur Championships will be contested Aug. 17-23, 2015 at Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Ill.; Aug. 15-21, 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Aug. 14-20, 2017 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and Aug. 13-19, 2018 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

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USGA Championships at Pinehurst

1962 U.S. Amateur – Labron Harris Jr.

1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur – Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

1994 U.S. Senior Open – Simon Hobday

1999 U.S. Open – Payne Stewart

2005 U.S. Open – Michael Campbell

2008 U.S. Amateur – Danny Lee

2014 U.S. Open – Martin Kaymer

2014 U.S. Women’s Open – Michelle Wie

2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, May 27-31, 2017

2019 U.S. Amateur, Aug. 12-18, 2019

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Rick-ie! Rick-ie! Rick-ie!

It’s been a tremendous year for golf already in 2015, especially in recent weeks after the Jordan Speith love affair and the Rory McIlroy reaffirmation.

And now, Rickie.

That’s a great video by the PGA TOUR, and it pretty much sums up what we all witnessed on Sunday. We had a fun day on Twitter during the final round of The Players Championship, and judging by the engagement with our followers, so did everyone else. And, we can’t lie….we liked seeing Rickie win, obviously.

Hello, Golf.

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Solomon Trophy competition underway at Pinehurst

The croquet equivalent of the Ryder Cup is taking place at Pinehurst this weekend.

The Solomon Trophy, which pits the United States against Great Britain, is being held at the main clubhouse through Monday.

Six of the best players from each country take part in the competition, which includes 12 doubles and nine singles matches. The winner of each match is awarded one point. The first to reach 11 becomes the champion.

Four of the players representing the U.S. live right here in North Carolina.

“You’d never know it, but North Carolina is a hotbed for croquet, which is kind of an oxymoron,” said Tournament Director Mike Taylor, a member of the Pinehurst Croquet Club.

This year marks the 22rd time the match has been played since its inception in 1985 and the first time it’s been hosted at Pinehurst. The United States has won just twice.

“The British team has dominated to say the least,” Taylor said.

It’s not hard to see why the Brits are so good at croquet. The sport was born on the British Isles during the mid-19th century. The United States Croquet Association wasn’t formed until 1977 even though the sport has long been a popular American pastime.

“Here in the United States pretty much every country club is built around golf,” Taylor said. “They have a few of those in Britain, but most of the country clubs there are built around croquet, so people start playing at a young age.”

David Maugham, a member of the British team, picked up the sport when he was a preteen.

“Historically, (the Solomon Trophy) was a way to developing the game in America,” he said. “There wasn’t a huge pool of players at first, so we dominated for the first 20 years because of that disparity.”

But as the game has gained popularity in America, its teams have continued to get better.

“Croquet still isn’t a huge sport in this country, but it’s a lot bigger than people realize,” said Taylor, who has been playing for seven years. “It’s a really great game.”

Maugham, a 30 year veteran of the sport, is drawn to the mental aspect of croquet.

“I quite like the fact that the game is more about playing yourself than it is about playing the opponent,” he said. “It has a healthy tactical element in that you have to think about where you want to balls to go so it’s most advantageous to you and least advantageous to your opponent.”

Pete Trimmer, another British player, enjoys the complexity of the game.

“It’s got a really good balance between physical, tactical and psychological skills,” he said. “There’s arguably no better mix of those three in any other game.”

Croquet is offered to all Pinehurst members. The club plays at 9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They teach clinics to those interested in joining Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Meet the Solomon Trophy Players.

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“Fairways of Life” broadcasts from Pinehurst

Matt Adams brought his popular morning show “Fairways of Life” to Pinehurst this week, but if you don’t have SiriusXM radio (or you’re not an early riser) you may have missed it.

Thankfully, the good folks at the show have been kind enough to share the audio from the two-day broadcast.

Adams, the host, conducted interviews with some of Pinehurst’s best, including:

Take a listen. We think you’ll discover some interesting tidbits about Pinehurst that you didn’t know before.

Be sure to follow @PinehurstResort on Twitter throughout the weekend for a chance to win a pin flag used during the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.

If you have SiriusXM radio and want to start listening to the show on a regular basis, “Fairways of Life” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. Channels are Sirius 208 and XM 93. Those who don’t have a satellite radio subscription can listen at www.Back9Network.com.

Listen to previous interviews here and be sure to follow Adams on Twitter to find out who he’ll be talking to each day.

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Meet Pinehurst’s tiniest fan

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Robert Hill Jr was born March 8, 2015 in Ontario, Canada to Pinehurst members Rob and Julie Hill.

It’s clear Julie and Rob Hill love Pinehurst.

Some of the first photographs ever taken of their new son, Rob Hill Jr., included the adorable baby dressed in Pinehurst garb.

The couple lives in Ontario, Canada, but Julie said they travel to Pinehurst “every chance we get.”

They visited Pinehurst for the first time as a pair back in 2009. Rob had been to the Resort before, but it was a new experience for his future wife.

“I absolutely fell in love with the place the second I laid eyes on the beautiful pines on Midland Road,” Julie said.

During their stay, the couple played Pinehurst No. 2 with the assistance of caddie Russell Bauer, who they remain friends with to this day.

“Our son was even born on the same day as Russell’s daughter, Harper,” Julie said. “It’s so sweet that our children share a birthday just two years apart.”

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Rob and Julie Hill love Pinehurst so much, they decided to make it part of the first portraits of their son, Rob Jr.

The Hills became Pinehurst members in March 2012.

“On one of our many visits to Pinehurst I was sitting in the rocking chairs overlooking the 18th (of Pinehurst No. 2) and had an amazing conversation with a current member…,” Julie said. “He suggested we buy property in Pinehurst and we did just that. One day when life allows, we plan to build our Pinehurst home and make it our permanent residence.”

The couple looks forward to making more memories at Pinehurst even though they already have enough to last a lifetime.

“If you ask Rob the best time of his life he, without hesitation will say the U.S Opens in Pinehurst 2014,” Julie said. “It was an amazing experience.”

When it came time to take Rob Jr.’s first portraits, the Hills knew they wanted to include Pinehurst.

“Pinehurst is the most special place in the world to us,” Julie said. “When we aren’t on the courses we love to ride the Carolina bikes through the Village, sit on the Carolina veranda, watch the 18th green from the rocking chairs, have drinks at the Pine Crest and eat dinner at Dugan’s.

“We cannot wait until August when we will be taking Lil Rob to Pinehurst for the first time.”

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Pinehurst members Julie and Rob Hill pose with their new son, Rob Jr., hours after he was born. The first hat Rob Jr. wore was from Pinehurst.

 

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