Pinehurst Tournaments Archive

The 70th Donald Ross Junior Championship

Honoring the great Donald Ross, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club celebrated the 70th playing of the Donald Ross Junior Championship this week. (Full Scores Here)

Grayson Wotnosky

Boys 15-18
Pinehurst No. 2
1. Grayson Wotnosky (Wake Forest, NC) 76-68-144
T2. AJ Beechler (Pinehurst, NC) 74-71-145
T2. Will Stakel (Peachtree Corners, GA) 74-71-145
4. Attie Giles (Pinehurst, NC) 73-73-146
5. Chris Perrazza (Raleigh, NC) 75-71-146

Madison Isaacson

Girls 15-18
Pinehurst No. 1
1. Madison Isaacson (Greensboro, NC) 72-76-148
2. Abigail Schimpf (Daniel Island, SC) 79-71-150
3. Phoebe Carles (Clinton, SC) 77-75-152
4. Mallory Fobes (East Bend, NC) 78-75-153
5. Katie Li (Basking Ridge, NJ) 79-76-155

Evan Woosly-Reed

Boys 12-14
Pinehurst No. 8
1. Evan Woosly-Reed (Shelbyville, TN) 71-72-143 * 3-Hole Playoff
2. Kelly Chinn (Great Falls, VA ) 76-67-143
3. Thomas Morrison (Pinehurst, NC) 73-72-145
4. Calen Sanderson (Skillman, NJ) 78-69-147
5. Kareem Elkassem (Raleigh, NC ) 75-73-148

Sydney Yermish

Girls 12-14
Pinehurst No. 1
1. Sydney Yermish (Wynnewood, PA) 79-79-158
T2. Sydney Hackett (Ashburn, VA) 81-80-161
T2. Kaia Wu (Princeton, NJ) 82-79-161

William Jennings

Boys 11 & Under
Pinehurst No. 1
1. William Jennings (Greenville, SC) 73-67-140
T2. Thomas Price (Greenville, SC ) 76-72-148
T2. Nicholas Gross (Downingtown, PA ) 74-74-148
4. Trey Marrion (Chesapeake, VA) 80-74-154
T5. Jackson Herrington (Franklin, TN) 84-74-158
T5. Sam Terry (Thomasville, NC) 82-76-458

Irene Kim

Girls 11 & Under
Pinehurst No. 1
1. Irene Kim (Fort Meade, MD) 84-72-156
2. Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC) 82-78-160
3. Amelia Cho (Ashburn, VA) 84-77-161

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Pinehurst Top 10 of 2017 – No. 5: Teenagers Win U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Editor’s Note: As the year comes to a close, Pinehurst will reveal its Top 10 Stories from 2017. We’ll have one recap a day with links to the original stories if you would like to reflect more. We appreciate your engagement with each of these stories and several others from throughout the year, and we look forward to making more news in 2018.

And since we like numbers at Pinehurst, that’s exactly how we’ll count these down:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur

No. 5: Teenagers win the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

How does a USGA national championship only register No. 5 on the list of Top 10 Stories at Pinehurst in 2017?

Well, it’s been that kind of year.

Still, it was a thrilling week to watch the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball play out on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 8, which served as the companion course in its first USGA event in the course’s 20-year history.

While there were storylines all over the place in a staggering field of two-man sides – Kid 59, Will Grimmer, was one of the medalists with his teammate Clark Engle, Don Padgett III added a mark to the lengthy Padgett history at Pinehurst and a pair of alternate mid-amateurs crashed the finals on No. 2 – teenagers Frankie Capan and Ben Wong emerged victories with brilliant ball-striking and towering drives.

The rising high school seniors spent the week turning heads.

“Those kids, oh my goodness,” said Clark Collier of the runner-up side that fell 2 & 1 in the championship match. “Those guys are going to be pros. They are really, really good.”

 

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Pinehurst Top 10 of 2017 – No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

Editor’s Note: As the year comes to a close, Pinehurst will reveal its Top 10 Stories from 2017. We’ll have one recap a day with links to the original stories if you would like to reflect more. We appreciate your engagement with each of these stories and several others from throughout the year, and we look forward to making more news in 2018.

And since we like numbers at Pinehurst, that’s exactly how we’ll count these down:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

Native New Zealander James Anstiss explained it pretty well for us after he won his semifinal match of the North & South Amateur this summer.

Anstiss revealed that he arrived at Pinehurst a few days before the tournament and immediately came to the clubhouse. Why? He had neard of the many photos commemorating the 2005 U.S. Open, and HE HAD TO SEE IT.

“I know it can be hard for Americans to understand, but for a kid from New Zealand, where we don’t have a long golf history, to see Michael Campbell’s photos displayed on the wall and to look at Danny Lee’s 7-iron and scorecard from the U.S. Amateur, it’s just massive,” said Anstiss. “It’s a bit surreal to think about. New Zealand has never stood out as a golfing nation, but having a major champion, to see his memorabilia up there at a place like Pinehurst, is just so special. For me to say I’m from the same country, it’s a pretty big deal.”

Several days after taking his solitary walk through the clubhouse, Anstiss found himself in the championship match. Anstiss, in fact, led for most of the day before falling at the 18th to William Nottingham.

After the trophy ceremony, though, a humbled Anstiss was given a cell phone.

On the other end? U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell.

“Us Kiwis, it’s one of our favorite hunting grounds, Pinehurst is,” Campbell told Anstiss, referring too to Danny Lee’s U.S. Amateur triumph in 2008.

Campbell went on the congratulate Anstiss on a great run and gave him a pep talk, leaving Anstiss near speechless.

It was a touching moment to end another terrific North & South week.

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Cameron Champ, North & South medalist, is turning pro

Cameron Champ, who wowed the field and spectators with a brilliant performance at the U.S. Open, has officially announced he’s turning pro. This summer at the North & South Am, we got a closeup look at his powerful swing as he romped to medalist honors.

Cameron Champ, left, accepts the trophy for winning medalist honors at the 117th North & South Amateur from Pinehurst Tournament Director Brian Fahey this summer in Pinehurst.

At the time, we showed the above video to Eric Alpenfels, Top 100 teacher and the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy. Eric’s response?

“Wow.”

Agreed.

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Hendley edges Simson in playoff to win 66th Senior North & South Amateur

Todd Hendley wins the 66th Senior Men’s North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst.

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, North Carolina – Even Todd Hendley wanted to see history made again.

Perhaps even at the expense of making it himself.

Hendley, a multiple South Carolina Senior Amateur champion who qualified for the U.S. Senior Open this year, defeated the most decorated champion in Pinehurst history, Paul Simson, on the first hole of sudden death to win the 66th Senior Men’s North & South Amateur on Wednesday on Pinehurst No. 2.

“Paul is such a great player, and I kind of hated to see him not win because you really want to see him keep going here,” Hendley said.

“But since he already has the record, I guess I don’t feel so bad,” he quipped.

Hendley, of Greenville, South Carolina, earned it, though. Despite opening the third and final round with back-to-back bogeys, Hendley recovered quickly, making birdies on the next three holes. After a par on the par-3 6th, Hendley added two more birdies on 7 and 8.

That put Hendley, who started the day two shots back of 36-hole leaders Simson and Walter Todd, right into contention. He added another birdie at 12 to finish with a 68 and a 7-under total of 209.

“Seven under in Pinehurst,” Hendley said, looking at the scoreboard. “I can’t play any better than that.”

The score tied the steady Simson, who, with eight wins lifetime in the North & South Men’s Amateur and the Senior North & South, is the all-time winningest player in Pinehurst history. Simson, though, needed a deft up-and-down from long and left of the 18th green to save par and force the playoff.

Back on 18 for the playoff, Hendley drove it long down the left side of the fairway. Simson, though, pushed his drive into the native area on the right, his ball settling in a wire grass bush. He punched out from there, but his ball came to rest against another wire grass bush in the bunker left of the green.

Simson made a beautiful shot to 8 feet from that spot, but his putt slid past the right edge of the cup. A delicate two-putt from about 50 feet gave Hendley the championship.

“This is pretty cool,” said Hendley. “To think my name is going up there with all of the great players who have won this championship, that’s pretty awesome.”

The 60th Senior Women’s North & South Amateur Championship also featured a playoff.

Mary Ann Hayward

Mary Ann Hayward, of St. Thomas, Ontario, birdied the first hole of sudden death to defeat two-time defending North & South champion – and fellow Canadian – Judith Kyrinis.

Hayward, who started the final round three shots back of Kyrinis, took the lead with a birdie on the 16th hole of Pinehurst No. 5 after Kyrinis failed to get up and down for par.

Playing the 18th hole a second time that day, Hayward made a beautiful approach shot to about 6 feet and made the putt to win the championship.

“The hole just fits my eye, and I was so happy to play it again for the playoff,” Hayward said. “I was able to curl in a little right-to-left putt. Yeah, that was pretty yummy.”

Winning at Pinehurst is special to the Canadian Golf Hall of Famer.

“This has been on the bucket list for a long time,” she said. “It’s one thing to see the history on TV, like when you watch the Opens. But to be here and experience it, it’s amazing.”

Robert Hess, of Casselberry, Florida, won the Super Senior Men’s North & South Amateur Championship with a three-day total of even-par 216, winning by four shots over Evan Long, of Charlotte.

Mimi Hoffman, of Springfield, Virginia, won the Super Senior Women’s North & South Amateur Championship by two shots over Beatriz Arenas, of Guatemala.

 

 

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