Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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Amateur won by Labron Harris Jr. "We're very fortunate to have a lot of great cham- pionship worthy golf courses in the Carolinas," said former USGA President and 2019 Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Hyler Jr. "Golf has a rich history in our states. Pinehurst is the anchor of cham- pionship golf in the Carolinas, but we are blessed to have many wonderful courses to host champi- onship golf." With great golf comes great responsibility! From helping source volunteers and Rules officials to run- ning qualifiers for championships both in and outside of the Carolinas, the Carolinas Golf Association will be involved on multiple levels of this year's USGA Championships. As a CGA member, there are several ways for you to get involved. If you'd like to volunteer at one of your nearby host sites, please reach out to us. We will be happy to help you, and there can never be too many volunteers. Of course, if you are unable to do so, we'd love for you to just attend and enjoy the great Carolinas golf. Whether you are a player, a volunteer or a specta- tor, we hope you'll find your way to one or more of these exciting events! Here's a look at what to expect from each of the four USGA Championships slated for the Carolinas this year: U.S. Senior Women's Open The U.S. Senior Women's Open, the first Carolinas- based USGA Championship of the year, is being held quite literally in the front yard of the CGA's Golf House. If you've ever had a chance to visit CGA head- quarters, then you've noticed that Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club is only a chip shot away from our front door. If you haven't visited us yet and plan to come to the U.S. Senior Women's Open, come over and visit our Hall of History showcasing all the great people, places and golf events of the Carolinas. Dates: May 16–19 Site: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Course Architect: Original design by Donald Ross, opened in 1928. Renovated in 2004 by John Fought; restored in 2017 by Kyle Franz. Fun Facts: 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Peggy Kirk Bell bought Pine Needles with her hus- band, Warren "Bullet" Bell, in 1953. A large replica of Bell's Titleholder crown will greet patrons as they enter the grounds of Pine Needles. The actual crown awarded to Bell can be seen in our Hall of History. Pine Needles will also host the 2022 U.S. Women's Open. It will be the fourth time the U.S. Women's Open will be contested at Pine Needles. Last Year's Champion: World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship by whopping 10 strokes at Chicago Golf Club. Needless to say, she's someone to look out for in this year's championship. 1989 U.S. Girls' Junior (Brandie Burton) 1991 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur (Phyllis Preuss) 1996 U.S. Women's Open (Annika Sorenstam) 2001 U.S. Women's Open (Karrie Webb) 2007 U.S. Women's Open (Cristie Kerr) Carolinas Qualifying Sites: April 24, Country Club of Salisbury (N.C.) U.S. Women's Open The U.S. Women's Open boasts what is widely consid- ered the toughest and most prestigious tournament in women's golf. Originally conducted by the Women's Professional Golf Association, the U.S. Women's Open 14 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian-born golfer to win a USGA Championship with his U.S. Amateur win at Pebble Beach.

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