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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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Michael Cromie makes history at Pinehurst as dual North & South Champion

Helped by two eagles, Cromie becomes first player in history to win the North & South Junior and the North & South Men’s Amateur


VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – If you don’t believe in destiny, then you didn’t watch Michael Cromie play golf on Saturday.

In his fourth North & South Amateur appearance, Cromie holed out for eagle from the fairway not once, but twice as he ran roughshod over the most dominant player of the week to capture the 114th North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 8.

Cromie, a native of nearby Cary N.C. and an All-American at Georgia, defeated highly regarded amateur Corey Conners 4&3 in the championship round to become the first player in history to win both the North & South Junior Amateur and the North & South Men’s Amateur.

“I can’t put it into words,” said Cromie while clutching his second Putter Boy trophy. “It’s just unbelievable. The history here in Pinehurst, especially after watching the Opens (recently), it’s just really hard to put into words how cool it is, how special it is, just how grateful I am that it was able to work out in my favor.”

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Who should you root for at the 114th North & South?

Who should you root for in the championship match of the 114th North & South Amateur?

Well, that’s not our place to say.

What we will point out is, well…Pinehurst can’t go wrong.

Both players are elite amateur champions. Cananda’s Corey Conners is the 7th-ranked amateur in the world, and is only going to move up. Michael Cromie is a Cary, N.C., native who’s also an All-American at Georgia, a golf powerhouse. He also won the 2007 North & South Junior.

Oh, and they both, well…they both GET Pinehurst.



Cary native Michael Cromie is an All-American from Georgia.


“I was born and raised in Cary, and I’ve lived in the same house all of my life, and so Pinehurst means a ton to me,” he said. “I understand the history and the significance of it. I just…I just love this place.”


Corey Conners is one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world.

Corey Conners is one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world.

And Conners:

“I love Pinehurst, and I love the courses here. The names on that trophy are legends of the game, so to have my name there would be pretty special. It’d be a great honor and pretty proud moment.”

Like we said, we can’t go wrong here.

Play well, gentlemen.

(Follow along as we live Tweet the championship match.)

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Canadians provide the fireworks on July 4th at North & South

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Canada’s Corey Conners is one of the top amateurs in the world, and he cruised through his two matches Friday at the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.



VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – On July 4th at the 114th North & South Amateur, it was good to be Canadian.

Corey Conners, the No. 7-ranked amateur in the world who hails from Listowel, Ontario, was only the most dominant player in advancing to the North & South semifinals.

And how did fellow Canadian – and No. 16 seed – Blair Hamilton keep up? By first knocking off the top-seeded Rico Hoey in the morning’s Round of 16 before winning two holes to rally past 17-year-old junior golf phenom Austin Connelly in 19 holes.

Conners and Hamilton will join Georgia All-American Michael Cromie, a native of nearby Cary, N.C., and Lehigh’s Harley Abrams in the semifinals, with the chance of meeting for an all-Canadian final in the North & South Championship round on Saturday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 8.

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