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FALL 2018

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O ne of South Carolina's own helped lead the U.S. team to the biggest victory in the history of the Curtis Cup earlier this summer. Lauren Stephenson – the Lexington, S.C., native who plays col- legiately at Alabama – earned 3.5 points as her team- mates defeated their European counterparts 17-3 at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. The Curtis Cup is a biennial competition between amateur women from the U.S. and Europe, and was first played in 1932. Stephenson started the three-day event by partnering with Sophia Schubert to earn a half in four-ball play, then paired with Ala bama teammate Kristen Gillman to with 4 and 2 in foursomes play. The duo played again the following day, rolling to a 6 and 5 foursomes victory. The U.S. team swept all eight singles matches on the event's final day, with Stephenson claiming a 2 and 1 victory over Europe's Shannon McWilliam. Earlier in the week, Stephenson was named Golfweek's 2018 Women's Player of the Year for her outstanding junior season at Alabama. Stephenson is currently fifth in the W orld Amateur Ranking, and made it to the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Champi- onship at Golf Club of Tennessee in August after going 2-1-1 on the U.S. team at the Palmer Cup in France. She's now competing in her senior season at Alabama, with the Tide starting the season at the Annika Intercollegiate in mid-September. ● 8 | | FA L L 2 0 1 8 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Local Knowledge The latest news in golf from around the Carolinas New No. 4 Course Opens at Pinehurst F or the past two years, golf course architect Gil Hanse called the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., home – specifically the Dornoch Cottage, home of the legendary Donald Ross. The first fruits of Hanse's residency were seen last year, when The Cradle par 3 course opened near the iconic Pinehurst clubhouse. On Sept. 20, another Hanse project will come to fruition as his reimagined layout for the Pinehurst No. 4 course will open for play. No. 4 was originally designed by Ross, with dramatic changes made to the layout over several decades by Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. Hanse was charged with recreating the original landscape, then building new holes that fit into the Sandhills style of golf made famous by Ross' original No. 2 layout – but with their own unique traits. "We were focused more on what Ross did at Pinehurst with the Sandhills aesthetic," says Hanse, who called No. 4 a "companion" course to No. 2, recently renovated by Pinehurst native Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. "There are a couple greens that are reminiscent of No. 2, but the greens on No. 4 have their own character and strategy. No. 2 stands alone for what it is, and No. 4 will have its own identity." Pinehurst will host the 2019 U.S. Amateur next August on the No. 2 and No. 4 courses. But if you want to see what the world's best amateur players will experience, this winter would be a great time for a sneak peek. ● Stephenson Spurs Dominant Curtis Cup Win for U.S.

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