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Grimmer returns to Pinehurst, plays well to begin North & South Amateur

Will Grimmer, left, competes in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

UPDATE: ROUND 2 RECAP: Cunningham leads while Engle’s masterful 65 rockets him into contention

Tennessee’s Chad Merzbacher leads after lone under-par round

ROUND 1 SCORES

ROUND 2 GROUPINGS

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – After just a couple of holes, Will Grimmer noticed something.

The hole locations looked familiar.

A year after playing in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 and two years after shooting his way into Pinehurst lore with the only known 59 carded in competitive play, Grimmer returned to No. 2 for his first appearance in the North & South Men’s Amateur on Monday. He shot a 2-over 72, good for a tie for sixth and just three shots back of leader Chad Merzbacher after the first round of the 115th playing of the national event.

“That was fun. The only time I’ve ever played No. 2 was last year during the U.S. Open, and it was kind of weird to see it, well, normal,” said Grimmer, who shot his 59 during the second round of the 2013 North & South Junior on Pinehurst No. 1.

“The only time I’ve ever played No. 2 was last year during the U.S. Open, and it was kind of weird to see it, well, normal.” -Will Grimmer

“But I could still reminisce and remember how it felt last year. I stood on the 17th tee today and looked at that back left pin, and I was able to have flashbacks. As much as I was focused on today’s round, I had to kind of take a step back and smile and think about what happened last year, which was also a lot of fun.”

With his father Kevin on the bag, Grimmer opened the championship with a three-putt bogey on the first hole. But Grimmer, who will play at Ohio State as a freshman next season, settled down to hit the green in regulation on the first eight holes. He chipped in on the 8th and 15th holes, finishing with three birdies offset by five bogeys.

The familiar hole locations, nearly identical to those of the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open, were beneficial.

“Having the same hole locations really helped me,” Grimmer said. “I was like, ‘OK, don’t press, play for the middle of these greens and it’s going to work out.’”

Chad Merzbacher, the first-round leader of the 115th North & South Amateur.

It certainly worked out for Merzbacher. The University of Tennessee rising senior also chipped in twice and had just three bogeys against four birdies despite only hitting six greens in regulation. With No. 2 playing at 7,198 yards with greens speeds running close to 12 on the stimpmeter, the Minneapolis native’s 1-under 69 was the only score under par.

“I didn’t hit the ball particularly well, but I just kind of stayed with it,” said Merzbacher, who recorded seven top-15 finishes in 12 college tournaments this season. “I stayed in control and kind of sat in the passenger seat and just let it go.” … Continue Reading

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The 115th North & South Amateur – The Contenders

ROUND 1 RECAP, CLICK HERE

No player entered into the 115th North and South Amateur Championship is coming to Pinehurst without dreams of adding his name to the distinguished list of champions. The longest consecutive running amateur championship in the United States, the North and South’s prestige has long been well documented, its past champions among the most recognizable and celebrated names in the history of golf.

Ward. Stranahan. Patton. Nicklaus. Strange. Sutton. Pavin. Love. (Related: “The North & South Locker Room: Golf’s Greatest are Here”)

Even those who haven’t won the Putter Boy trophy still agonize over the missed opportunity.

And now, the championship returns to Pinehurst No. 2, where a 7,000-yard, par-70 setup with U.S. Open hole locations awaits players, both for three rounds of medal play and the decisive match play.

Before one of them etches his name in history on July 3, here’s a chance to get to know a few of the top players entered into the field. (Note: By no means do we think the champion will only come from this list.)

LIVE SCORING

PAIRINGS … Continue Reading

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Sip & Savor your Labor Day weekend at our Taste of the New South Festival

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Pinehurst’s food and wine festival sure to delight guests with southern food, prestige wines and craft beer

Pinehurst Resort will host Taste of the New South, a food & wine weekend, Sept. 4-7. The Labor Day weekend event will feature mouth-watering southern fare, a vast portfolio of prestige wines and even a craft beer brewed exclusively for the event.

“The South is known for its unique tastes and traditions, and the programming for the festival is designed to celebrate them all,” said Ed Peckels, Pinehurst Resort’s Director of Food & Beverage. “Guests can choose from more than a dozen tastings, culinary demonstrations and interactive events over the course of the weekend.

Overnight packages are $299 per night at the majestic Carolina Hotel and include all events and activities. Guests can save 10 percent by booking a three-night package. For a complete list of events, guest chefs, featured wineries and breweries, please visit TasteOfTheNewSouth.com.

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The sounds of championship golf

The last hour of the U.S. Open broadcast from Chambers Bay had a little bit of everything, from brilliant approach shots…to drives OB…to gut-punching misses from 3 feet.

It also included this, which @NoLayingUp sets up perfectly with its tweet:

Nothing like the sounds of championship golf.

Congrats, Jordan.

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Join us for brunch this Father’s Day

Treat dad to a meal fit for a king this Father’s Day.

Enjoy an overflowing brunch buffet at the Carolina Dining Room from noon to 2 p.m.

The menu will include soup, salads, omelets and eggs cooked to order, grilled sausages and kebabs, a variety of entrees and a dessert spread with fresh Danish pastries, muffins and more.

Click here to view the entire menu

The cost is $28 plus tax and gratuity. Call 855-235-8507, option 6 to make reservations.

 

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