Pinehurst now “on the clock” for 2019 U.S. Amateur
Just feet beneath “Old Glory,” now flies the U.S. Amateur Flag.
The torch passed from Pebble Beach.
Pinehurst is on-deck for another prominent national tournament, the 2019 U.S. Amateur.
“We’re Not necessarily feeling the pressure of the clock by any means yet, but certainly we’re getting ready and we’re starting to amp things up a little bit here,” says Brian Fahey, Championship Manager of the 2019 U.S. Amateur.
Following in the footsteps of 1962 and 2008, next Summer will mark the resort’s third time hosting the prestigious event.
“One of the reasons the USGA keeps coming back to this area is they know that you’ve got to have community support, statewide support, volunteer support,” says Tom Pashley, Pinehurst Resort president. “They get everything they need, and they’re able to contest their championships on some of the best golf courses in the world.”
Therein lies “the hook,” if you will.
We typically associate Pinehurst with world-renowned Course Two.
Introducing Number Four.
A Gil Hanse year-long redesign set to open next month, similar to Two with exposed sand and wire grass, but with elevation changes, and yes, even water.
A brand new challenge, the great golfing unknown.
“There are no yardage books, there are no hints, tips, and techniques for how to play it,” says Pashley.
At the event, No. 4 and No. 2 will host the stroke play portion of the tournament while match play will additionally be held on No. 2.
“Course number four is gonna be a special piece of Pinehurst for sure, I think,” says Fahey. “Fifty, sixty years down the road we’ll look at it and be wowed at the decision and what a great test of golf to complement the other golf courses we have here.”
Resort Founder Richard Tufts once called Amateurism the backbone of all sport.
When the event returns to the place where his words, the Creed of the Amateur are engraved and immortalized behind the green at 18, it’ll be just the beginning of a remarkable stretch for the region.
“Between the U.S. Amateur coming next year, the Women’s Senior Open coming to Pine Needles, the Women’s Open, and the return of the U.S. Open, it absolutely has an economic impact that we can’t wait to experience,” Pashley says.