The Joy of Payne

Aaron and Lauren Miller were married at Pinehurst nearly nine years ago. As Lauren puts it, “whether by coincidence or fate,” their wedding date was June 20, 2009 – the 10-year anniversary of Payne Stewart’s triumph on Pinehurst No. 2 in the 1999 U.S. Open.

Judging from the photo above, it may have been fate.

Those two are the Miller kids. Emmett (left) is 2 1/2 years old. And that’s Emmett’s brother Kip, who at 14 months old sure looks like he’s doing the Payne Stewart pose while the two were running around the 18th green of No. 2 on Thanksgiving.

Below, a look back at Aaron and Lauren in 2009 (a terrific photo by area photographer Tim Sayer), and we thank them for sharing their photo of their boys with us. It’s pretty great to see that much joy in their faces.