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Pinehurst Golf News Archive
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.)
NASCAR Hall of Famer and North Carolina legend Richard Petty visited Pinehurst Resort on Thursday as part of a Carolina Wireless Association benefit golf tournament for the Victory Junction, which is a year-round camping facility that serves children, ages 6-to-16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
“The King,” who won seven Cup championships, seven Daytona 500s and 200 races, took a moment to chat with Pinehurst about golf – yes, golf – before comparing his era to the NASCAR of today.
Naturally, Petty may have saved his best quote for off camera:
“I never got into golf. I was too busy going ’round and ’round in circles.”
LPGA Tour star Natalie Gulbis talks to Pinehurst Resort and previews the back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst in 2014.
“It’s going to be great for golf, great for us, and especially great for all those fans.”
Gulbis is excited about the USGA’s unique decision to have Pinehurst host back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, and after closing the interview, said off camera: “It’s only 13 months? Wow, that’s coming up fast. Can’t wait, though.”
Gulbis and the other 95 of the top 100 ranked players in the world – including Paula Creamer, who’s also looking forward to the Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – are playing the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.
U.S. Open Champion Paula Creamer joins Pinehurst to preview the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, to be played in back-to-back weeks with the men’s U.S. Open on famed Pinehurst No. 2.
Creamer spoke to Pinehurst during Tuesday’s practice round at the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.