Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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Inductee Jim Hyler were among the found- ing members of Old Chatham Golf Club. Last Year's Champion: Jeff Wilson became the first medalist in 31 years to go on to claim the U.S. Senior Amateur Title. Carolinas Qualifying Sites: May 20, Highland Country Club in Fayet- teville, N.C. June 4, Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head, S.C. U.S. Amateur The U.S. Amateur makes its return to Pine- hurst for the third time in championship history. Pinehurst Resort's founder, Richard Tufts, once said, "Amateurism, after all, must be the backbone of all sport – golf or otherwise." The resort has honored his legacy by regularly hosting many of the world's top amateur events including the annual North & South Amateur and the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship. Dates: August 12–18 Site: Pinehurst Resort & Club (Courses No. 2 and No. 4), Village of Pinehurst, N.C. Course Architects: Pinehurst No. 2, Original Design by Don- ald Ross, opened in 1907. Restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2010. Fun Facts: Donald Ross called Course No. 2 "the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed." Best known for its punishing, crowned and undulating greens. Will be used in stroke play and host all of the matches. Ross' former home is located to the left of the 3rd green. Pinehurst No. 4 – Original Design by Don- ald Ross, opened in 1919. Redesigned by Gil Hanse in 2018. Fun Facts: Donald Ross' last original design at Pinehurst Resort. No. 4 will serve as the stroke-play co-host course. Last Year's Champion: Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to win a USGA Championship with his win at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Carolinas Qualifying Sites: July 8 & 9, Northstone Country Club in Huntersville, N.C. July 15 & 16, Colleton River Club (Dye Course) in Bluffton, S.C. July 16 & 17, UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. July 23, Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C. ■ 16 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 3 Robert Trent Jones Play All Three George Fazio Arthur Hills HILTON HEAD ISL AND, SC GROUP RYDER CUP • Three nights & three rounds of golf • FREE REPLAYS based on availability • Includes shirts & daily breakfast (groups of 12+ players only) STAY & PLAY • Three nights & three rounds of golf • Free tennis, resort discounts & more! Call 888-322-6921 The Comeback of all Comebacks M any historic golf battles have been fought out on the hallowed grounds of Pinehurst No. 2. The most iconic is Payne Stewart's fist-pump victory over Phil Mickelson at the 1999 U.S. Open. However, arguably the greatest comeback in Pinehurst Resort history came at the very first USGA Championship to be held there – the 1962 U.S. Amateur Championship. In the final match of the '62 U.S. Amateur, A. Downing Gray had what seemed like an insurmountable lead. He was up 5 with only 15 holes left to play against his opponent Labron Harris in the 36-hole match. But insurmountable leads are only great, until they're not. At the point where things couldn't seem to get any worse for Harris, the winds of history shifted and he started making every putt in sight. Gray couldn't buy one. It was the comeback of all comebacks. In front of a crowd gathered behind Pinehurst No. 2's 18th green, Harris hoisted the Havemeyer Trophy after a one up win over Gray. Harris captured one victory on the PGA Tour defeating Bert Yancey in a playoff at the 1971 Robbins Classic. He also played in seven other USGA championships in his career: the Junior Amateur, the APL, the Walker Cup, the Americas Cup, the World Amateur Team, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. Gray competed in 19 U.S. Amateurs and played on three Walker Cup Teams, played in seven Masters and was twice the low amateur. He also served as the director of the Southern Golf Association. On his 34th attempt Jeff Wilson finally captured his first USGA Championship title. USGA/J.D. CUBA Left to right: Labron Harris Jr., John M. Winters Jr. and Downing Gray at the 1962 U. S. Amateur. Harris came back from five shots down to win. USGA

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