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Kocher, Dunne win North & South Junior Championships

David Kocher is the 2014 Junior Boys North & South Champion.




VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – David Kocher is a closer.

Kocher came into the final round of the 36th Junior Boys North & South Championship one stroke back of the lead, but made three birdies in his first seven holes on his way to firing 4-under 68 and win the championship by four shots over Pinehurst’s Josh Martin on Thursday.

Kocher, who shared the first-round lead after a 3-under 69 on the 6,740-yard Pinehurst No. 8, entered the final round a stroke back of Martin, who won the 2011 and 2012 Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst.

But Kocher, of Charlotte, was too much on Thursday. After he stumbled with a 74 in Wednesday’s round, Kocher started hot by making birdie on the 2nd, 4th and 7th holes to make the turn in 33. A pair of birdies around a bogey on the back side allowed to keep a comfortable lead.

Martin was unable to keep up with the streaking Kocher, shooting a 1-over 73 despite making six birdies on the day.

Daniel Wetterich shot 69 on Thursday to share third with 2013 Donald Ross Junior Champion Nick Stafford, who closed with a 72. Both players finished the championship at even par.


North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

In the 36th Junior Girls North & South Championship, Brigitte Dunne entered the final round with what looked to be a comfortable 5-shot lead.

When she stepped to the 17th tee, she seemed to have a comfortable 3-shot lead.

But then she triple-bogeyed 17.

Dunne, of Camarillo, Calif., remained composed, however, making a gutsy par on the par-4 18th at Pinehurst No. 6 before clipping Sarah Spicer with a birdie on the second playoff hole to hold onto the championship despite a final round 76.

Spicer, of Bahama, N.C., shot a sparkling 2-under 70, parring the final eight holes to finish the tournament at 1-under 215 and force the playoff after Dunne’s triple.

Dunne shot an opening-round 67 on Tuesday and followed it with a 72 to lead a pair of golfers by five. Spicer began the day six shots back.

Sera Tadokoro, a member of Hilton Head, S.C.’s International Junior Golf Academy, was third at 2-over 218, three shots back of the leaders.

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Kid 59 – A Look Back One Year Later


On a hot and humid July Wednesday, still 11 months before the golf world would descend on Pinehurst, Will Grimmer made Pinehurst the center of the golf universe for a day.

On July 10, 2013, the word began to buzz through the hallways of the Pinehurst clubhouse, and  soon, into the Village of Pinehurst. (This is no joke; I first heard about Grimmer while at lunch at The Tavern at The Holly). At the North & South Junior Amateur, a tall, lanky kid from Cincinnati, Ohio, had just posted a 59.

A 59. At Pinehurst.

In competition.

Phones started ringing. Cell phones began chirping and buzzing. Audrey Moriarty at The Tufts Archives got a call. So did former Pinehurst Directors of Golf. Tournament Directors. Lee Pace, the man who has written about every blade of grass – and wiregrass – at Pinehurst, his counsel was sought.

Has there ever been a recorded 59 in the century-plus history at The Cradle of American Golf?

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Phil Mickelson hits shot backwards…to 3 feet

Phil Being Phil, in a practice round for the Scottish Open.

Back in 2009, a rather, um, enthusiastic Lefty showed us “how” to play the shot in his instructional DVD series, “Secrets of the Short Game.”

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Breaking Ground on Pinehurst No. 2

No. 2 Bermuda

The grass conversion to Pinehurst No. 2’s famed greens is under way.

Last year, Pinehurst announced it would convert the greens from bent grass on No. 2 to Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass, the next stage in an evolution to extend championship conditions throughout the year and particularly during the heat of summer.

[RELATED: Bermuda is nothing new to Pinehurst No. 2]

Ground was officially broken on June 30 following the historic hosting of back-to-back U.S. Open championships, and the first images of the process are beginning to emerge. The turf has been planted using the “no-till” process and will not require excavation of the greens or any changes in the contours. The course will reopen in September.


The project began on June 30 using the "no-till" method.

The project began on June 30 using the “no-till” method.

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Deep Cuts – The Best Trick Shots You Haven’t Seen

As any faithful reader of our News site knows, we like trick shots.

We haven’t, however, posted any new trick shots in some time, although Ken Duke and Kenny Perry gave us a couple of real golf shots recently to hold us over.

That said, we needed to update our trick shot log.

This time, though, we decided to try something a little different. We combed the depths of YouTube, going several pages deep to find videos of trick shots that for one reason or another haven’t really caught on. You won’t find any videos here with millions of views.

But you will get our comments…


This can’t be real. Right? Right?


If it’s real, how come it doesn’t have MORE THAN JUST 687 VIEWS?

Has to be the reaction.

Of course, if it IS real, we have no words for it either.

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