Beautifully, just a few days after posting this list, and barely hours after the clock struck midnight on 2013 as a year and we flipped our calendars our Outlook calendars updated to 2014, we added two Instagram posts that were MORE POPULAR than any we’ve ever had.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
3 cups of green food coloring
150LBS of HOUSE BAKED gingerbread
5LBS Dark chocolate
15LBS VARIOUS CANDIES
2cs rice Krispies