Offer Applies to Active and Retired Military, Plus One Guest Throughout Championship

PINEHURST, NC (JULY 18, 2019) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) will welcome members of the armed services with complimentary tickets to the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. from Aug. 12-18.

Active and retired military, as well as veterans, will receive a complimentary gallery ticket and one guest gallery ticket for each day of the championship thanks to the support of R. Riveter and The Heritage Flag Company. Gallery tickets at the U.S. Amateur provide access to the grounds of Pinehurst No. 2 and/or No. 4. Complimentary general parking and transportation is also provided.

“Thank you to the USGA for providing the opportunity for our military men and women, active and retired, to attend this national championship,” says Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area CVB. “These men and women have sacrificed so much for this country, it’s wonderful they will get the opportunity to witness some of the best amateur players in the world battle for the prestigious honor of being named U.S. Amateur champion.”

These special military tickets are available courtesy of R. Riveter, a handbag company founded by two military wives, and The Heritage Flag Company, the creators of beautiful American Flag-inspired wooden art pieces. Both companies are located in downtown Southern Pines and will have tickets available to pick up in stores. Tickets will also be available at Will Call onsite at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

The military ticket policy covers all branches of service including Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, the National Guard and Reserves.

Tickets for fans start at $20 for a single-day grounds pass and $100 for a weekly grounds pass. The Deuce Club Hospitality Packages start at $275. For more information about tickets to the 2019 U.S. Amateur, visit usga.org.

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit HomeofGolf.com.

About the USGA
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

Moore County, N.C. Fifth Location in State to Launch Visit NC Farms App

MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (June 10, 2019) – Through a partnership between the Pinehurst-Southern Pines- Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Moore County Cooperative Extension Service and participating farms, Moore County has become the fifth location in North Carolina to launch the Visit NC Farms mobile application. The app, created by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is designed to connect consumers with the best places to find local farms, farmers markets and agricultural events in destinations across the state. The program was first introduced in 2017 in Orange County. The Visit NC Farms app can be downloaded for free via Apple and Android mobile devices.

“The Visit NC Farms Mobile App is a resource that will help consumers learn and connect to the farmers that grow their food, and it will help farmers educate visitors about the value of local agriculture to the local economy which will result in consumer support of farm land preservation.,” says Deborah McGiffin, county extension director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Moore County. “In essence, the Visit NC Farms Mobile App is a tool that supports and promotes North Carolina agriculture for the well-being of our citizens, our economy and the farmers who feed us.”

Other areas in the state that offer the VisitNC Farms app include the Kerr-Tar region, the Boone/Blowing Rock area, Cleveland County, Johnston County and the Moore County/Lee County area. Other than being able to locate farms and farmers markets, the app also provides information on local restaurants and breweries that source-locally grown products for their menus, area shopping, farm tours and trails and lodging.

“While Pinehurst Resort is the focal point for our destination and the main reason why we are known as ‘The Home of American Golf’, our organization is always looking for ways to grow and diversify, so we can provide visitors with a variety of experiences when they come here,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Visit NC Farms app is a great way to use a modern marketing tool to aggregate all of the farms, farmers, restaurants and more to enhance the guest experience in Moore County. We encourage everyone to download the app and see all of the really unique and fun things people can do when they aren’t on the golf course.”

More than 50 entities were required in order to activate the VisitNC Farms app for consumer use. The following is a breakdown of the Visit NC Farms app Moore County participants:

Farms
Flint Rock Farm; Misty Morning Ranch; Happy Goat Ranch; Kalawi Farms; Paradox Farms; Dunn’s Educational Farm; Doby Christmas Tree Farm; Ken Chappell’s Peaches/Apples; The Conscious Cultivators, LLC; Johnson Family Produce and General Store; Priest Family Farm; Possum Run Garden Center; Green Haven Plant Farm; Pinestar Farms; Fairway Farm and Mac C’s Family Farm.

Farmers Markets
Moore County Farmers Market; Sandhills Farmers Market in Pinehurst and Moore County Health Department Farmers Market

Farm Stays
Tanglewood Farm Bed and Breakfast; LighterWood Farm; Rubicon Farm

Food Pantries and Sources
Food Bank CENC at Sandhills and sandhills Farm to table CSA (box program)

Pick Your Own Farms
Highlanders Farm; C.V. Pilson Farm; Eagle’s Nest Berry Farm; White Hill Farms; Karefree Produce; Olde Carthage Farm; Blueberries of Cameron.

Restaurants
Ashten’s Restaurant; Chef Warren’s; Elliott’s on Linden; The Sly Fox Pub; Scott’s Table; Pik n’ Pig; The Bakehouse; 195 Restaurant; The Carolina at Pinehurst Resort.

Special Events
Rubicon Farm; LighterWood Farm; Carolina Fun Factory, Inc. and Malcolm Blue Farm.

Wineries/Breweries
Black Rock Vineyards and Winery; James Creek Cider House; Pinehurst Brewing Company; Railhouse Brewery and Southern Pines Brewing Company.

For more information on the Visit NC Farms App, go to VisitNCFarmsToday.com.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

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Pine Needles and Pinehurst Resort Once Again Bask in National Spotlight

PINEHURST, N.C. (May 14, 2019) – The Pinehurst area consistently earns its nickname, “The Home of American Golf.” In 2019, the eyes of the golf world will turn toward North Carolina’s Sandhills region once again for a pair of national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

On May 16-19, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines plays host to the second-annual U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship. Later this summer, on Aug. 12-18, the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship will be contested at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst. This is the second year the U.S. Senior Women’s Open has been contested. Laura Davies won the inaugural event last year at Chicago Golf Club by an overwhelming 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.

Tickets for both championships to be played in the Pinehurst area can be purchased at usga.org. In a special offering, golf fans can secure good-any-one-day or all-inclusive upgraded combination ticket packages to attend both championships for increased value. Golf enthusiasts can also purchase premium tickets that include rounds of golf on Pine Needles, as well as Pinehurst’s Course No. 4 and The Cradle par three course after the championships are complete.

Pine Needles is the first golf resort to be awarded four U.S. Women’s Open Championships. Its first U.S. Women’s Open Championship was held in 1996, when Annika Sorenstam took home the trophy. Karrie Webb won the 2001 championship at Pine Needles, and Cristie Kerr claimed the 2007 title. In addition to hosting the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, Pine Needles will also be the home of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

Pinehurst Resort and the USGA have enjoyed a relationship spanning decades and the resort has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America. The 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and the ninth since 1989. It will be the third U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and the first since 2008.

In 2024, the U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst No. 2 and will be the 11th USGA championship to be hosted by the resort — the 10th in the last 35 years.

“The U.S. Senior Women’s Open and the U.S. Amateur are two of the USGA’s most unique and fan-friendly championships, and this year they will be contested only five miles apart,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of championships. “Not only will golf enthusiasts be able to watch women’s golf legends and the future superstars of the men’s game, but they receive unprecedented access to walk the fairways with the players at both championships.”

“This is an exciting golf season for our area and we welcome the USGA, the players and fans for what promises to be a pair of great national championships,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The national television and media exposure for our destination is invaluable and will reinforce our recognition as the ‘Home of American Golf’.

Eleven U.S. Women’s Open champions, including defending U.S. Senior Women’s Open champion Laura Davies, are among the 55 players who are fully exempt into the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship. The third and fourth rounds of the championship will be broadcast on FS1 on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

Three-time U.S. Women’s Open winner Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978 and 1984) and 10 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Amy Alcott (1980), Jerilyn Britz (1979), JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1971, 1976), Davies (1987), Jane Geddes (1986), Juli Inkster (1999, 2002), Betsy King (1989, 1990), Liselotte Neumann (1988), Alison Nicholas (1997) and Jan Stephenson (1983).

Of those who are exempt, 53 played in last year’s inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship at Chicago Golf Club. Four exempt players participated in the 1996, 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Open Championships at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club: Davies, Neumann, Wendy Doolan, and Michele Redman.

“After a historic introduction of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year at Chicago Golf Club we are thrilled to continue to build the tradition of the championship at Pine Needles,” Bodenhamer said. “We’re excited to see the faces of those who participated in the 1996, 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Open Championships return to compete for another title at such a famed golf course, as well as those who will tee it up there for the first time.”

Meanwhile, history will be made this summer when Pinehurst Resort & Country Club hosts the 36-hole match play final of the U.S. Amateur Championship on two courses.

When the 2019 championship begins on Monday, Aug. 12, Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke-play rounds, which will be played over two days and 36 holes to trim the field from 312 players to 64 for match play. The first five rounds of match play — through the semifinals — will be played on Course No. 2 on Aug. 14-17.

The championship match, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, will open with the morning round on No. 4, which was recently redesigned by golf course architect Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on Course No. 2, a classic Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011. It will be the first time the 36-hole U.S. Amateur Championship final is contested over two courses.

It will also mark the second groundbreaking collaboration between the USGA and Pinehurst in five years. In 2014, Pinehurst hosted the U.S. Open (won by Martin Kaymer) and U.S. Women’s Open (won by Michelle Wie) in consecutive weeks on Course No. 2 — the only time the same course hosted those two championships in back-to-back weeks.

“We are thrilled that competitors will have the opportunity to play the 2019 U.S. Amateur on No. 2, one of the most revered tests in the game, and No. 4, which will present players with a new set of challenges,” Bodenhamer said. “Pinehurst is one of the world’s leading championship venues and we are very excited to watch the entire event unfold over these two wonderful courses.”

According to Hanse, the setup for the U.S. Amateur represent a symbiotic relationship that exists between Pinehurst Resort Courses No. 2 and 4. “No. 4 is a companion in the landscape, but it is not a tribute to No. 2 in the features,” he said. “The greens are different, the approaches are different and we wanted to take advantage of the landforms, which are much more dramatic than those on No. 2.”

For event information and tickets visit USGA.org.

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Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 Once Again Named Best Course in N.C.

(For the 2021 N.C. Golf Panel Rankings please Click Here.)

PINEHURST, NC (APRIL 2, 2019) – Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the prestigious North Carolina Golf Panel. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines moved up three spots to fourth with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina placing fifth. Pinehurst No. 8 rounded out the top 10. Overall, 17 Pinehurst area golf courses are included among the Top 100 rankings.

The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses. The 135-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

“It’s no surprise the ‘Home of American Golf’ boasts a significant number of courses among the Top 100 in North Carolina,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While (Pinehurst) No. 2 is on everyone’s bucket list to play, we are fortunate to have numerous quality and world-class golf courses that rival any golf destination on the planet. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, great local dining and shopping and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination for not only golfers, but for couples, meetings and groups.”

While Pinehurst No. 4 was ranked just inside the Top 20 (No. 19), the Gil Hanse redesign opened last September, so few panelists were able to visit it to include in this year’s rankings. However, that ranking is expected to rise sharply in 2020 with more panelists able to play and rank it, according to Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel.

“In 2019, panelists will get the opportunity to see the wonderful work of Gil Hanse and the Pinehurst staff have created,” said Brafford. “I expect our 2020 rankings will certain reflect the national acclaim the course is receiving.”

The panel also ranked the Top 50 Courses You Can Play and the Pinehurst area once again dominated the list with 15 listed, or 30 percent of the clubs, including the top six – Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst No. 4, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pinehurst No. 9. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, Talamore Golf Resort (New Course), Southern Pines Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 6, Legacy Golf Links, Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Tobacco Road and Seven Lakes Country Club.

Pinehurst area golf courses are no strangers to the national and global stage as well when it comes to major championships. In 2019, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club will host the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, May 16-19. Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 will welcome competitors for the U.S. Amateur, August 12-18. In 2021, The Country Club of North Carolina will host the U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2022, the U.S. Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. And the U.S. Open will be back at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2024, marking the fourth such major championship to be played at the club over a course of 25 years (1999, 2005, 2014 and 2024), the most to be played over the course of a quarter century than any other location in the country. All of those events are sanctioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit HomeofGolf.com. For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2019, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit NCGolfPanel.com.

Top 100 Courses for 2019 (second number is previous year’s ranking)

1. 1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst
2. 2. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville
3. 3. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers
4. 7. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines
5. 4. The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
6. 6. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
7. 5. Old North State Club, New London
8. 8. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte
9. 9. Elk River Club, Banner Elk
10. 10. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst
11. 12. Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Greensboro
12. 11. Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers
13. 13. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington
14. 14. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
15. 15. The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst
16. 16. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
17. 19. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines
18. 17. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham
19. 18. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst
20. 20. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh
21. 22. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover
22. 21. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville
23. 24. River Landing (River), Wallace
24. 25. Forest Creek Golf Club (South), Pinehurst
25. 26. MacGregor Downs Country Club, Cary
26. 23. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville
27. 27. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary
28. 28. Governors Club, Chapel Hill
29. 30. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington
30. 31. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst
31. 34. Treyburn Country Club, Durham
32. 37. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington
33. 29. Linville Golf Club, Linville
34. 32. Forest Creek Golf Club (North), Pinehurst
35. 33. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point
36. 35. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest
37. 38. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem
38. 36. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
38. 39. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill
40. 40. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro
41. 43. River Landing (Landing), Wallace
42. 44. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island
43. 41. Duke University Golf Club, Durham
44. 49. Dormie Club, West End
45. 42. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis
46. 46. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia
47. 45. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach
48. 59. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville
49. 48. Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill
50. 50. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham
51. 47. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst
52. 53. Mid South Club, Southern Pines
53. 51. Tiger’s Eye, Sunset Beach
54. 52. Sedgefield Country Club (Dye), Greensboro
55. 54. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
56. 55. River Run Country Club, Davidson
57. 78. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro
58. 56. Alamance Country Club, Burlington
59. 60. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst
60. 57. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary
61. 61. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh
62. 58. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte
63. 62. Grandover (East), Greensboro
64. 63. Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center (Champions), Browns Summit
65. 69. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson
66. 64. The Currituck Club, Duck
67. 66. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro
68. 65. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach
69. 68. Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway
70. 71. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham
71. 70. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington
72. 75. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte
73. 76. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte
74. 72. Linville Ridge, Linville
75. 67. St. James Plantation (Reserve), Southport
76. — The Peninsula Club, Cornelius
77. 74. Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh
78. 77. Hound Ears Club, Blowing Rock
79. — Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton
80. 79. Wilson Country Club, Wilson
81. 73. Cape Fear National Golf Club, Leland
82. 80. Grandover (West), Greensboro
83. 81. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point
84. 87. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run
85. 83. Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh
86. — Benvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount
87. 85. Rocky River Golf Club, Concord
88. 89. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane
89. — Compass Pointe Golf Club, Leland
90. 86. North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh
91. 82. Country Club of Salisbury, Salisbury
92. 92. New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines
93. 88. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash
94. 90. Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte
95. 93. Southern Pines Golf Club, Southern Pines
96. — Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville
97. 99. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett
98. — Pinehurst No. 6, Pinehurst
99. 96. Heritage Club, Wake Forest
100. 94. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.
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Myrtle Beach Based Firm to Develop New Campaigns for the Home of American Golf

PINEHURST, NC (January 31, 2019) – The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has named The Brandon Agency as their advertising agency of record. The Myrtle Beach (SC) based firm will assist the CVB with some marketing initiatives in an effort to increase visitation to the destination not just for golf, but for a growing list of lifestyle options like shopping, dining, burgeoning craft beer scene, historic tours and more. Agency services will include a new advertising campaign, new website, a deeper social media engagement across multiple channels and more effective digital marketing campaigns.

“It’s time to take this destination to the next level and appeal to more than just the hardcore golfer to entice leisure and business travelers to choose our area to spend their time and money,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While golf is the life blood of this destination and its primary DNA as the ‘Home of American Golf,’ we are growing as a choice for all travelers and we want to highlight the variety of options we have here, plus the ones we will create in the years to come.”

“We are very excited to be working with Phil and his team at the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area CVB, said Scott Brandon, CEO, The Brandon Agency. “The Pinehurst area is an iconic brand and we look forward to leveraging our deep experience in promoting golf destinations and overall travel to generate increased awareness and visitation to the Home of American Golf.”

The new creative campaign for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area is expected to launch some time in the spring with the new website to follow this summer. Boosted social media efforts on a multitude of channels will start in February.

The CVB operates on the collection of a three percent occupancy tax derived from visitors to hotels and some short-term rental units in Moore County. In the current fiscal year that started July 1, 2019 through November, Moore County has seen a 9.9 percent increase in occupancy tax collections in the destination, or slightly more than $2 million for the same period.

“Our goal is to build off the positive momentum we are seeing so far this fiscal year,” said Werz. “With the new tools we will add to market the destination to a broader audience and some new opportunities we will reveal later this year, our area is poised to bolster our places as one of the top tourism destinations in the state for years to come.”

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

About The Brandon Agency
The Brandon Agency is one of only 24 certified and accredited brand strategist agencies in the United States. As a digitally minded, fully integrated national firm, The Brandon Agency consists of smart, results-obsessed experts who consult, advise and deliver revolutionary business-building ideas. With offices in Charleston, S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Breckenridge, Colo.; and Orlando, Fla., The Brandon Agency has much more to offer than a traditional ad agency. Equal parts business consultant, technologist, analyst and marketer, the agency expertly guides businesses toward growth and success. With a worldwide team of more than 90 and total billings topping $87 million in 2017, The Brandon Agency has powered successful programs and campaigns for hundreds of national brands in a variety of industries, including banking and finance, e-commerce, food service, healthcare, real estate, technology and tourism.

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Cameron Antique Festival and Carthage Buggy Festival Earn Special Recognition

PINEHURST, NC (January 15, 2019) – Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Cameron Antique Festival and the Carthage Buggy Festival as two of the STS Top 20 Events for the month of May. The Cameron Antique Festival will be held the weekend of May 3-4, 2019 and the Carthage Buggy Festival takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The STS Top 20 Festival and Events Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

The Cameron Antique Festival welcomes an estimated 15,000 antique shoppers to town annually as more than 300 antique dealers from North Carolina and surrounding states flock to the Moore County town for the weekend fair. Dealers offer anything from furniture to jewelry, cast iron items to textiles, glassware and kitchen collectibles. Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of the town and commemorates the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory which produced carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina from the middle of the 19th century to the 1920s. The event attracts approximately 20,000 people and is one of the most popular festivals in the Sandhills region.

“To have one of your events named to the Southeast Tourism Society is special, but to have two selected in one month is truly remarkable,” says Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These events are not only fun, historic and interesting, but also are part of the special character and way of life of our unique location in the Sandhills. We invite everyone to visit, stay and enjoy the true charm and Southern hospitality these events generate.”

“The Top 20 Festival and Event Program is celebrating 34 years of spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast. Our goal is to provide well-deserved accolades for the dedicated event organizers and additional media exposure for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for attendees to create memories and support an industry that is an economic generator for its community.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.
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ConventionSouth Magazine Honors Destination for Best Meeting Sites in the South

PINEHURST, NC (November 1, 2018) – The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has earned its ninth consecutive Reader’s Choice Award as determined by the voters of ConventionSouth magazine. The local CVB is among 320 convention and visitors bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year’s award.

Led by vice president of sales, Beverly Stewart, the CVB garnered top votes for the best meeting sites in the South. More than 7,000 voters participated in this year’s Reader’s Choice survey. The survey also reported its highest voter participation via social media this year. The Reader’s Choice Awards program started in 2001.

“Receiving this award for the ninth time is truly humbling,” says Beverly Stewart, vice president of sales for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Of course, we have a fantastic area to promote, but it is the service and attention to detail on the part of the CVB sales team that is really appreciated by meeting planners. A can-do attitude and a smile go a long way to closing the deal.”

“I’ve worked with many of these meeting planners for more years than I care to admit, and it is our long-term relationships that reap the benefits,” she added.

The CVB will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2018 awards issue of ConventionSouth magazine. Celebrating over 35 years as a leading meeting planner resource, the magazine is based in Gulf Shores, AL, and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.
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Southern Pines, N.C. (August 10, 2018) – Beverly Stewart from the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was awarded the “Patsy B. Smith Award (Outstanding Affiliate Member)” by the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) at their Annual Meeting in Greenville, NC on July 23, 2018.

The Patsy B. Smith Award is the highest award presented in the Affiliate or CVB membership category. While recognizing outstanding professionalism and exemplary service to the association community, the award also recognizes a member’s contribution to his or her employing organization and to other professional organizations.

Beverly Stewart has been a member of AENC since 1995, serving on numerous committees, and on the Board of Directors from 2000-2002 and again in 2015-2017. She brings her expertise and professionalism to the AENC table to the benefit of all members of the organization.

“This is totally unexpected and a thrill to be recognized by the AENC members. I’ve worked with so many of them over the years. It’s an honor to receive this award,” says Stewart.

Stewart was nominated for the award by Daniel Wilson, Executive Director of the NC Rural Water Association. “Beverly is always among the first to volunteer and has provided the support of the CVB,” says Wilson. “Her outgoing personality and glowing smile compliments the atmosphere of AENC and exemplifies what hospitality is all about.”

As Vice President of Sales for the CVB, Stewart is one of the reasons groups have returned to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area time after time. “Beverly exemplifies what a CVB professional should be,” says Wilson. “She is a true ambassador for the Home of American Golf. As a lifetime citizen to the area she represents, her passion and enthusiasm for the Moore County area is unprecedented.”

Recently Stewart was named Interim President and CEO of the CVB, an indication of the trust the CVB Board has in her and her ability.

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The Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area 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, and is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County. www.homeofgolf.com

North Carolina course will become the first to host the championship four times

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2018) – Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., has been selected by the USGA as the host site for the 77th U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. The championship, considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, will be held June 2-5.

The 2022 U.S. Women’s Open will be the seventh USGA championship and record fourth U.S. Women’s Open contested at Pine Needles, which is also set to host the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2019. The USGA was last at Pine Needles for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, when Cristie Kerr won the first of her two majors with a two-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park.

“We are thrilled to bring another U.S. Women’s Open to one of the most respected courses in the United States,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Three great USGA champions have conquered the ultimate test in women’s golf at Pine Needles, and we look forward to adding the 77th U.S. Women’s Open champion to that illustrious list.”

In addition to Kerr’s victory in 2007, Pine Needles also played host to the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Karrie Webb, and the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Annika Sorenstam.

“Pine Needles is, if not my favorite U.S. Women’s Open venue, it’s in the top three,” said Webb, whose 2001 victory was her second straight Women’s Open title. “Pine Needles [in 1996] was my very first U.S. Open I ever played in, and then when we went back in 2001, I was so excited to be there as a defending champion. Obviously, it was a special week where I played fantastic golf at a tremendous golf course. I’ll always have special memories of Pine Needles.”

Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928, Pine Needles was renovated in 2004 by John Fought, who oversaw the restoration of greens and bunkers to their original forms with the aid of vintage aerial photos. In the summer of 2016, Kyle Franz was brought in to assist with a green rebuilding and bunker restoration project that aimed to maximize hole locations. The club, which was owned by women’s golf advocate, renowned instructor and LPGA Tour charter member Peggy Kirk Bell from 1953 until her death in 2016, also hosted the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championships.

“To host the most prestigious event in women’s golf for the fourth time speaks to our longstanding relationship with the USGA, and we’re honored they accepted our invitation to host the Women’s Open in 2022,” said Kelly Miller, president and CEO of Pine Needles. “The Donald Ross-designed course has already crowned three memorable Women’s Open champions, and we’re confident it will again be a welcoming yet challenging host for the world’s best players. I can only imagine how happy Mrs. Bell would have been to host another Women’s Open.”

Bell is largely credited with being the driving force behind Pine Needles hosting its first three U.S. Women’s Opens.

This will be the 34th USGA championship contested in North Carolina, which most recently hosted the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst. Upcoming USGA championships in the Tar Heel State include the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club, the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Chatham Golf Club. Pinehurst No. 2 will also host the 2024 U.S. Open.

Upcoming U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be contested May 31-June 3, 2018, at Shoal Creek (Ala.); May 30-June 2, 2019, at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.); June 4-7, 2020, at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas; June 3-6, 2021, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; and June 1-4, 2023, at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links in Pebble Beach.

The U.S. Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. The championship was first conducted in 1946 and its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park.

About the USGA

The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

Click here to see how to attend the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open. 

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (April 12, 2017) – Ray Evernham’s freshly restored Brawner Hawk, a significant piece of racing history, that Mario Andretti drove to the 1965 USAC National Championship and Rookie of the Year honors will be staged at the 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance and judged in the Race Cars Class.

The Brawner Hawk was recently restored by one of the car’s original mechanics, Jim McGee, using 85 percent of its original parts, including one of the engines that was in rotation during Andretti’s stint with the car.

While Andretti was already a familiar name in the sprint car circuits, the Brawner Hawk helped launch the Andretti legend in the USAC Champ Car series. The Champ Car series went on to become the CART series in 1978 with Andretti still active as a dominant driver.

Starting with the Brawner Hawk in 1965, Andretti became one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport. He is only one of two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportcar Championship and NASCAR.

Evernham is a former racing crew chief for Bill Davis Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, owner of his own team Evernham Motorsports from 2001–2007, and analyst for ESPN’s NASCAR coverage and, currently, host of AmeriCarna on Velocity. He is a three-time Winston Cup Series champion crew chief with driver Jeff Gordon.

Tickets to the fifth anniversary of the Pinehurst Concours on Saturday, May 6 at iconic Pinehurst Resort can be purchased at www.pinehurstconcours.com. Award-winning country music singer Sara Evans will perform a live concert on the show field following the crowning of the Best of Show.