This wasn’t a move, though, that came on a whim. The Tufts Archives tell us that there is documentation from the iconic Donald Ross listing in his notes where he wanted the Putter Boy statue to stand on the Pinehurst grounds. While the Golfing Lad has moved around quite a bit in his 100 years, he was finally placed once again very near where Ross originally intended. And now that he’s placed, we can see from vintage photos that he is not far from where he stood as far back as the 1920s.
Putter Boy at Pinehurst, mid 1920s — Source: Tuft’s Archives.
Putter Boy — mid-to-late 1920s. Source: Tufts Archives
If you know anything about Pinehurst history, you’ve probably heard that the iconic Putter Boy, known, among many other names, as the Sundial Boy from the days he was designed by Lucy Richards in 1912, has ventured to a number of different spots on the grounds at Pinehurst Resort. While the Tufts Archives tells us that there is documentation of the legendary Donald Ross providing specific instructions for where to place the Putter Boy, the Golf Lad has been around through his century on these grounds.
For the last couple of decades and since the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, Putter Boy has resided in front of the main putting green near the Resort Club veranda. But on Sept. 13, he was on the move once again. With a dedicated crew showing tender care for the Boy, he was moved near his original location of nearly 100 years ago, and very close to the spot Ross originally intended. Putter Boy now overlooks much of the new short-game practice area that Pinehurst is developing, and bisects the large putting green.
Stiles, who a few weeks ago won for the fifth time on the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour, which was formerly the Nike Tour, which was formerly the Hogan Tour — Stiles knows all these things), is that tour’s all-time leading money-winner. But even with more than 1.8 million in earnings, Stiles yearns to get back to the PGA Tour, where he has spent five seasons of the his 17-year professional career. Currently 10th on the Web.com Tour money list with seven events remaining in the 2012 season, Stiles has virtually assured himself of returning to the PGA Tour in 2013.
Recently, with Pinehurst No. 2’s famed 18th green behind him, Stiles took a few minutes to discuss his success on the Web.com Tour, the number of differences between the two tours, the toll the touring golf pro life can take and look ahead to what’s next for the rest of the golf season.
“One thing Pinehurst makes sure of is that when you are here, you are comfortable in a family setting,” says DeFusco. “Pinehurst is a giant family, and we just keep inviting more guests in to be a part of it.”
“It’s a team at Pinehurst,” says Hunter. “Even though it was a competition today, it’s a team.This winefest is not possible without (the patrons) and without the team. Hats off to the chefs this weekend. They did a phenomenal job.”