2014 U.S. Open Championships Snapshot

June 24, 2014
Reactions from Men and Women courtesy of the U.S. Golf Association 

•  Several top players embraced the idea of holding back-to-back U.S. Open Championships
   – “I would like to see it happen more often. I think it’s a good thing.” – RORY McILROY
   – “It’s a really cool golf course and it’s a really cool event this week, that we’re making history.” – MICHELLE WIE
•  The solid golf course maintenance/management helped to eliminate initial skepticism
   – “It’s a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I can tell you that. When I came here three weeks ago and played, and once I saw the golf course, I became more comfortable with this whole idea and knew that it wouldn’t be bad.” – STACY LEWIS
•  The U.S. Open Championships were challenging (yet fair)
   – “I enjoyed the course. I thought it was tough. It was a good test.” – MATTHEW FITZPATRICK
   – “I just loved the golf course, the setup, how it played, how fair it was.” – PHIL MICKELSON
   – “Well, they set it up a little longer today. I expect them to move tees around. It’s still set up fairly.” – KARRIE WEBB
•  The golf course held up well during the two weeks of competition
   – “The course is in great shape. The USGA did a good job of setting it up right. It’s right where it should be.” – HUNTER MAHAN
   – “And I mean, the USGA has just done a marvelous job of setting it up. Our groundskeepers, our greenskeepers have just — I mean it’s in fabulous shape. It couldn’t be much better.” – KELLY MITCHUM
   – “And this golf course still is in great shape, even though it is hot out here, I think the USGA’s done a really good job of maintaining it. It’s definitely not unplayable by any means. It’s just a tough course.” – PAULA CREAMER
   – “But the greens, they were — they’re perfect. They’re rolling perfect, they’re green.” – MICHELLE WIE
•  The greens provided a tough challenge for the men and women
   – “If you guys want to see some disasters, you should get a hot dog, Snickers and Coke and head down to 5 green, because that’s as hard as it can ever get.” – HENRIK STENSON
   – “I think the toughest part is the greens. The greens are really slopey and they look like that they are like turtlebacks.” – AMY YANG
•  Several players shared their strong passion for the U.S. Open Championships
   – “This is my 6th Open, and it’s probably been my favorite one so far. I think they did it right with the course and they got it perfect.” – BILL HAAS
   – “I really love my first experience, it’s been my favorite tournament in the world.” – SHIV KAPUR
   – “Just playing here, playing, seeing all the history and the golf course is great. I love the way the USGA set it up. It’s a great golf course. I feel like we’re making history this year playing at Pinehurst, same stage as the men.” – MICHELLE WIE
   – “Yeah, it’s been a great week. I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot and, yeah, I guess it has exceeded my expectations.” – LUCY LI

June 23, 2014
The News & Observer – By Chip Alexander and Luke DeCock

It was hard to say who had the biggest smile Sunday, Michelle Wie or the U.S. Golf Association and Pinehurst resort officials seated about her on the 18th green.

Wie’s victory in the U.S. Women’s Open capped what was billed as a “celebration of golf,” a two-week undertaking unlike anything ever attempted by the USGA or Pinehurst. But by almost any measure, the playing of the U.S. Open and U.S Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks on Pinehurst No. 2 went as smoothly – and the USGA believes, successfully – as anyone could have anticipated.

Mike Davis, the USGA’s executive director, said before the U.S. Open started that the two-week run wouldn’t be perfect. But it came pretty close.

Martin Kaymer of Germany was a worthy U.S. Open champion, winning by eight shots. Wie’s two-shot victory Sunday came despite a late charge by Stacy Lewis. The 24-year-old Wie was beaming as she smooched the Women’s Open trophy under a late-afternoon sun.

“We had two great champions,” Pinehurst owner Bob Dedman said Sunday. “They’re both young, and they played phenomenal golf.”

It was Dedmon who gave the USGA the go-ahead to hold the two Opens at Pinehurst when David Fay, the former USGA executive director, first pitched the idea about five years ago. Dedman then approved a restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 by former Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore that replaced grassy Bermuda rough with sandy waste areas, love grass and native vegetation, giving the famed course more of the brown, rustic and retro look intended when first designed by Donald Ross. The work was completed in March 2011.

“From all the coverage we’ve gotten it seems to be universally received from a positive standpoint, so we’re happy about that,” Dedman said. “Wow, two special weeks of golf. It’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst. It can’t get any better than this for me.”

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (June 11, 2014) – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., has been selected by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the site of the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Dates of the championship are May 27-31.
Because of the size of the field (128 two-player teams), two courses will be needed for the championship. Pinehurst No. 2 will serve as the match-play course and No. 4 will serve as the companion course for the competition.

“The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is our newest championship and we feel that the format has widespread appeal,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “It is fitting that the 2017 championship will be contested at a place that has played a significant role in the history of American golf. We are grateful for our continuing friendship and partnership with Pinehurst.”

“Pinehurst is especially proud to host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, which extends our deep connection with the USGA and celebrates our passion for the amateur game,” said Don Padgett, president of Pinehurst. “Our friendship with the USGA was forged by the founding Tufts family and continues to this day. And for nearly as long, Pinehurst has held events that showcase the best in amateur golf.”

In the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, each of two competitors plays their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score is determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the championship’s match-play bracket, from which the eventual champions will be determined.

The 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the ninth USGA championship to be held at Pinehurst, including the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open Championships in 2014. Previously, the USGA conducted the following championships at Pinehurst No. 2: 1962 U.S. Amateur (won by Labron Harris Jr.); 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman); 1994 U.S Senior Open (won by Simon Hobday); 1999 U.S. Open (won by Payne Stewart); 2005 U.S. Open (won by Michael Campbell); and the 2008 U.S. Amateur (won by Danny Lee).

Eligibility for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is limited to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Partners comprising teams or sides will are not required to be from the same club, state or country. Entry is limited to individuals with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4.

The USGA’s amateur four-ball championships (for men and women) will debut in 2015, with sectional qualifying beginning in August 2014. Prior to 2017, the Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be conducted at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., from May 2-6, 2015 and at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., from May 21-25, 2016.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.

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SOUTHERN PINES, NC – JUNE 4, 2014 –  Visitors by the tens of thousands will ascend into the North Carolina Sandhills in early June to enjoy the unprecedented back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) at the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course.   Make that an expected 400,000 people over the two week period, June 9-22.  They will make their presence known with an estimated $169 million economic impact on the local and state economy according to the area’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).  In addition to a direct infusion of dollars for the local/state economy there will be 49 hours of live television coverage (NBC/ESPN) over the two weeks reaching an international audience (180 countries).

The U.S. Open will celebrate its third visit over the past 15 years at the famous Pinehurst Resort, located in Moore County, NC, and has provided a significant lift to many businesses and towns alike in the region. The USGA has also conducted the U.S. Women Open three times recently at nearby Pine Needles Resort (Southern Pines, NC) which has generated a bit smaller, but still very important spend for the area.  Previous estimates by the CVB were developed using established models and by talking with the USGA, other U.S. Open sites, and state universities.  The caveat on this previously recorded data is that they were preliminary estimates, with no direct research done to calculate actual spending.

This changes in 2014 as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, in tandem with the USGA, utilizes a comprehensive survey process recently developed to more accurately determine the event’s actual economic impact. In addition, other key metrics will be measured through the use of kiosks located throughout the Championship grounds to collect data directly from spectators. Canadian-based EventCorp Services manages the kiosk and survey process. Nearby N.C. State University has been employed to provide additional insight; thereby enhancing the survey instrument by focusing on how to ask visitors what they spent and where they spent it (focusing on spending outside the gates of the Championships).

It’s an innovative partnership and according to the CVB President & CEO Caleb Miles, a huge step forward in the process of evaluating what a large sporting event means for a community/state. “While tourism models can help a destination on the front-end estimate outcome totals, there is no substitute for first hand data-collection that provides actual spending numbers and helps clarify important spending patterns by visitors to the Opens” he adds.

The initial estimate does project that key spending categories will breakdown as follows: Lodging (41%), Food & Beverage (25%), Retail purchases (14%), recreation/golf (12%), and Transportation (local) (5%) & Other (3%).  Tickets are sold through the USGA (based in Far Hills, New Jersey), and are not included in totals. Attendance at the U.S.  Open is expected to top out at 50,000 to 55,000 per day over the weekend, and roughly half that during the U.S. Women’s Open week. According to the CVB once the survey numbers have been collected and analyzed they plan to work with the USGA on a presentation that will be shared with state/local municipalities, area businesses and the media.  For more information contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at cmiles@homeofgolf.com.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.