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. 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.”