Kevin Robinson, No. 2 crew honored by Pinehurst

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Assistant Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), former No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right; now the superintendent of No. 6 and No. 8) and Golf Course Maintenance Manager Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Every year at Pinehurst, we have a “State of the Resort” meeting, bringing together more than 1,000 Pinehurst employee partners to share the highlights of the previous year. Included in the presentations are the annual awards Pinehurst gives to those who went above and beyond over the course of the previous year.

And what a year we had in 2014.

Among the big winners at Tuesday’s meeting should come as no surprise, but it’s worth highlighting their efforts (at least) one more time. And while everyone on the Pinehurst team did something in 2014 to make it a banner year, a few people had a little more pressure on their shoulders than others.

After all, Pinehurst accomplished something in 2014 that’s never been done before in the history in golf.

Back-to-back major championships, on the same course, in consecutive weeks.

The Pinehurst Grounds Crew poses for a photo below the Sunday scoreboard following Martin Kaymer's triumph in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.

The Pinehurst Grounds Crew poses for a photo below the Sunday scoreboard following Martin Kaymer’s triumph in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Click to enlarge)

And that is part of the reason why Kevin Robinson, Pinehurst’s golf course maintenance manager, was honored as Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s Manager of the Year. And it’s also why the Pinehurst No. 2 Maintenance Crew, led by Bob Farren, Robinson, John Jeffreys and Alan Owen, were tabbed as Pinehurst’s Department of the Year. (Pinehurst’s Group Sales team was also honored as Co-Department of the Year.)

And really, if you don’t take our word for the incredible work they did this year, well, just watch:

Not only was Pinehurst hailed following two brilliant weeks of major championship golf, two weeks after Michelle Wie’s clinching putt to capture the U.S. Women’s Open, the No. 2 crew managed and oversaw the change of Donald Ross’s fabled greens from bent grass to bermudagrass. Not only was the project successful and finished a bit ahead of schedule, it will enable No. 2 to play to elite conditions for 12 months of the year.

Congrats to Robinson, to his No. 2 team, and to Bob Farren. They really are the Most Interesting Men in Turf.

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