Happy Father’s Day from Pinehurst. Payne Stewart’s lasting sentiment says it all.
Annika Sorenstam stopped by Merion on Friday to sign autographs at the Lexus spectator tent and was happy to spend a little time chatting about Pinehurst and the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.
Sorenstam, enshrined in the LPGA Hall of Fame in 2003, finished her incredible career with 73 tournament wins – third all-time – with 10 major championships, including three U.S. Open victories.
Sorenstam has a soft spot in her heart for Pinehurst, commenting, “Pinehurst is a Mecca for golf.” As for the back-to-back Opens, Mrs. 59 is completely on board with the USGA’s decision.
“My spontaneous reaction was, ‘Wow, that’s fantastic.’”
Also, don’t miss the Bonus Bubba footage.
And so here we are, on this day, June 10, 2013, officially just 365 days away from Pinehurst once more making a historic footprint in the annals of the grand game of golf.
A couple of years ago, the United States Golf Association made an unprecedented step in its championship history: it selected Pinehurst to host both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in successive weeks in 2014.
The announcement makes history on several fronts. It’s the first time in Pinehurst’s 114-year history to serve as the site of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. It is the only site in USGA history to host all five of its major championships. And it is a new chapter in the USGA book of traditions: never before has one site hosted both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in the same year, on the same course.
And so here we are, just one year away. And while we visit Merion this week to cover the 2013 U.S. Open (check the Pinehurst Blog for updates and behind-the-scenes coverage you won’t find anywhere else), we look forward to 2014. (Not to mention a RIDICULOUS sweepstakes, which you can enter here.)
[Video] Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora dishes on Pinehurst, golf and coaching – and the 2013 UNC season
North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora stopped by Pinehurst as part of the Rams Club Tar Heel Tour last week and took a moment to speak with Pinehurst about a variety of topics, including his introduction to Pinehurst, the football position most like a golfer, how coaching and golf course management are intertwined, and of course, about the upcoming Heels’ football season.
Oh, and we stumped him on one question, though he did manage to come up with a name…