Different No. 2 Awaits Amateurs
Media members got a glimpse Wednesday of what the world's best amateur golfers will face Aug. 18-24 when they gather in Pinehurst for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
USGA Media Director Craig Smith conducted the brief press conference, while Pinehurst Resort was represented by Tom Pashley, executive vice president of marketing, No. 2 Course Superintendent Paul Jett, No. 4 Course Superintendent Kyle Brown and Championship Chairman Ron Crow.
"Anytime we can come to Pinehurst is special," Smith said. "My first time here was in 1989 for the U.S. Women's Amateur. We've been back for the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, the 1999 U.S. Open and 2005 Open, as well as Women's Opens at Pine Needles in 1996, 2001 and 2007.
"The media coverage we get all over the state is unlike anywhere else we go.
"The great thing about the USGA championships is that no matter what level you're competing as a golfer, if you win, you're the national champion and you've competed against the best players in the world on the world's best golf courses.
"Winning the Amateur is a life changer for a player. The last time an amateur champion didn't turn professional was in 1975."
Jett revealed that although No. 2 will be playing a few yards longer for the Amateur than it was for the 2005 Open, the conditions won't be quite as demanding for the amateurs.
"There's no way that we can set a course up here in the middle of August that's going to be as firm and fast as it was in early June," he said. "But we promise that it will be the same on Sunday as it was on Monday when qualifying began."
Green speeds are predicted to be approximately 11.5 on the Stimpmeter.
Tickets for the Amateur may be purchased at www.shoppinehurst.com or by calling (800) 795-4653. Prices are $15 daily and $50 for a weekly pass. Children under 17 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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