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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 177                                                       
Monday, September 11, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist act. Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.’ This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2016 BMW Championship?

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Upon seeing the first golf course built in Pinehurst, founder James Walker Tufts was struck by how naturally the game fit into the landscape in front of him. “Golf experts and all those who cherish the hope of becoming such will find excellent opportunity to indulge in the game at Pinehurst," Tufts remarked in 1898.

On September 30th, nearly 120 years after golf arrived at Pinehurst, the historic resort will open The Cradle, a nine-hole short course that even the newest to the game can enjoy. Designed by golf architect Gil Hanse, The Cradle, at 789 yards, features holes ranging from 56 to 127 yards. Steps from the Resort Clubhouse, it is the same area where, in 1898, Dr. Leroy Culver carved the first nine holes out of the sand at Pinehurst. Over the next century, Pinehurst came to be referred to as the Cradle of American Golf.

thecradle“Pinehurst’s place in golf goes back almost as far as the time the game was first introduced in America,” says Pinehurst Owner and CEO Bob Dedman Jr. “As we embark on the latest era at Pinehurst, it’s symbolic that our newest course sits on the same ground as the original first holes of golf at Pinehurst. We look forward to watching players of all ages and all abilities enjoy golf at The Cradle.”

Hanse’s design incorporates the native sandscape and wiregrass common to the original courses of Pinehurst. With holes that meander along the rolling terrain, The Cradle’s greens subtly blend into the surrounding landscape and are protected by rough-hewn bunkers, all features that have long been hallmarks of Pinehurst golf.

“The beauty of golf at Pinehurst is that it is very natural, traditional and classic, especially architecturally,” says Hanse, whose restoration credits include projects at The Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, Merion Golf Club and Oakland Hills Country Club as well as the original design work of The Olympic Golf Course in Brazil. “That Pinehurst character, we believe, permeates through The Cradle. scorecardThese nine little golf holes are on a historic piece of land, and we feel like each hole has its own identity that fosters the creativity golfers have enjoyed here for more than a century.”

Greens fees for The Cradle are $50 this fall, and will vary seasonably. Kids 17 and under play free when accompanied by a paying adult, and resort guests may book tee times in advance. Public tee times are available 24 hours in advance. Tee times can be made by calling 1-800-ITS-GOLF.

Bordering The Cradle will be Pinehurst’s expanded putting course Thistle Dhu, which surrounds the Putter Boy statue. At 75,000 square feet, the new Thistle Dhu is four times larger than the original putting course built in 2012, with rolling hills and sweeping valleys. Thistle Dhu, which will open in early October, will be free to play.

The Cradle logo features the Golf Lad, an iconic figure featured in original advertising for the resort and most recently used in the logo for the U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateur Championships at Pinehurst. In the Cradle logo, the Lad is shown resting comfortably in the nook of the letter “C”.

“Like the Putter Boy, who now overlooks play on The Cradle, the Golf Lad has been a lasting symbol of the genuine joy and passion for golf at Pinehurst since the game arrived,” says Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “We hope golfers will share those same feelings on a short course designed to be fun and challenging while at the same time inspiring others to take up the game we all love.”

The opening of The Cradle and expansion of Thistle Dhu are two elements of a multiyear plan Pinehurst unveiled in November of 2016. Following the opening of the Deuce, a new tavern overlooking the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst announced it hired Hanse to build the short course and begin a redesign of Pinehurst No. 4. Hanse will break ground on the No. 4 redesign in October.

TRIPLE X: KZG has launched its triple forged XSC Wedges. Each utilizes 1020 carbon steel and is triple forged to guarantee that every void is eliminated in the clubhead, according to the company.  The entire body of the XSC Wedge is completely CNC milled so that every specification is perfect, KZG said. And to assure maximum spin, the face is micro-milled. KZG said it has stepped away from hand grinding due to the numerous problems generated through human error.

“KZG is totally different from the major brands,” said Jennifer King, President of KZG.  “Rather than offering one or two wedge models, KZG offers five distinct models to allow its network of clubfitters the opportunity to select the design features they need to perfectly fit their golfers. The XSC Wedges will appeal to the short game specialist wanting the broadest range of shot options, coupled with superior performance.”

The XSC Wedges carry a MSRP starting at $169. 

WEB GEMS:

MONTY WINS IN JAPAN: Colin Montgomerie made all the putts he needed Sunday to win the Japan Airlines Championship - the first PGA Tour Champions event in Japan. "It's a big deal, a very big deal," Montgomerie said about tour's first visit to Japan. "And let's hope that the success of this event goes forward and not only allows the PGA Tour Champions to come back and compete but also allows the PGA Tour to come and play here. It will be fantastic if that time ever comes." READ MORE>>>

YOU GO GIRL: Lexi Thompson won her final round showdown with joint overnight leader Lydia Ko, racing away from the former world number one to clinch the Indy Women in Tech Championship by four strokes. READ MORE>>>

THE MAN IN CRANS: Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Scott Hend in a play-off after a thrilling final-day battle to win his fourth European Tour title at the Omega European Masters. The Englishman came into the final round at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club four shots behind Hend after dropping a shot in the final three holes of his third round on Sunday morning. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist act. Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.’ This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.”--President George W Bush in his Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

Dustin Johnson beat Paul Casey by three shots to win the 2016 BMW Championship. His 23-under par, 265, broke the 72-hole tournament record of 22-under 267 (Tiger Woods/Cog Hill G&CC/2007 and Jason Day/Conway Farms GC/2015). Last year’s tournament was held at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.

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