At Pinehurst, we’re not worried about the Mayans.
Instead, we continue to look forward to bringing you the best golf America has to offer. And to celebrate a different kind of countdown – less than 18 months and counting until the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – we would like to present what you felt was the best news, notes, photos and videos to come out of Pinehurst this year.
The top 10 is determined by your visits, views and comments.
To whet your appetite (and to tempt those pesky Mayans even further), here are some honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut.
The Skills Challenge at Pinehurst was further heightened this year with the opening of the 18-hole putting course, Thistle Dhu. But before that, the most popular skills challenge was The Big Break, where players would take aim at a 2×2-foot pane of glass with hopes of blasting it with a golf ball. At the U.S. Kids Skills Challenge in late July, Vijay Mishra took aim after the glass had withstood 186 shot attempts.
Let Pinehurst President Don Padgett II explain it:
“I don’t know of another club that can feature as many golf professionals, including a PGA Tour pro, for an event like this one.”
Before prepping for law school, Nora Lucas allowed herself one more major amateur golf tournament. While her advancing into match play gave her one more hurrah on the links, her story of battling and overcoming dyslexia proved to be a highlight of the 110th North and South Women’s Amateur.
ACURA COLLEGE ALUMNI TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Acura College Alumni Team Championship was again contested at Pinehurst. The highlights came on – and off – the golf course. These guys took the golf experience to a new level – thanks to Acura and Pinehurst.
As part of the Pinehurst Concours D’Elegance Iron Mike Rally pre-run in October, the media group and car owners were treated to an incredible day touring Fort Bragg, including stops at Range 37 and visiting with Special Forces soldiers. Among the events, guests enjoyed a moving performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus.
NORTH AND SOUTH AMATEUR CHAMPIONS
The respective North and South Champions, Ivy League star Peter Williamson and former NCAA Champion Austin Ernst, added even more prestige to Pinehurst’s signature amateur events this summer. Williamson shot up the amateur rankings by continuing his brilliant summer while Ernst earned her LPGA Tour card at Q School in December.
And finally, isn’t this what it’s all about?
A few blog posts that just missed the cut as among the Top 10 most popular in 2012:
Pinehurst chefs Jay Hunter and Daniel DeFusco battled mightily, but had a more important message for the patrons at Pinehurst Resort’s annual Wine Festival.
One of our first blog posts. And you Ranger Ricks ate it up.
There’s a good chance you’ll see a part of this full-length video interview on the Top Videos of 2012. Here you can see it in its entirety.
That includes you, Mayans.