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Pinehurst prepares for women to take the stage at No. 2

Posted June 16, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014

The best women golfers in the world are warming up at Pinehurst No. 2. And while they're fine tuning their strokes, the maintenance staff is fine tuning the course by soaking it down to keep it playable.

"Our green section, along with the ground staff here, they're reading moisture levels in every green quadrant. They're taking firmness readings," said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis.

The woman's course layout is about 1,000 yards shorter than the men's, but it will be just as challenging. The passing of the U.S. Open baton started Sunday.

"It was just so exciting for us to see the women actually walking with the men, practicing right along side of them. And it is exactly what we were hoping for in this back-to-back championship," said USGA Public Relations Director Janeen Driscol.

But you can't move forward without looking back at the first week of this historic event. The Governor Pat McCrory set the stage during an opening press conference by sinking a 15-foot putt in honor of Payne Stewart.

The tournament play was very nicely supplemented by fan involved activities and events.

"The celebrations that occurred at the U.S. Open Experience Site in the Village were extraordinary," said Driscol. "The military night was very well attended by the rest of the community, as well as the night of the symphony."

The USGA saves some money by having both tournaments at the same location. As structures like the tent village for players and fans only have to be constructed once and the USGA team only has to book hotels and flights to one city. Despite the savings, the USGA say it's not the motivation for having both Opens back-to-back at the same course.

"While you might think that putting tents up in two locations or being able to have two different campuses might be a money saver. In truth, it's really just the way that we can celebrate women's golf," said Driscol.



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  • jmcdow2792 Jun 18, 2014

    I hope the weather doesn't harm the play. It would hurt my game big time to be out there in 100 degree humid heat.

  • vt94hokies Jun 17, 2014

    I read all of these tonight. Anyone that writes some lame things about these women golfers, must have NEVER played this great game. Save it for UNC-CH and their mess.

  • vt94hokies Jun 17, 2014

    I had the pleasure of watching Michelle Wie, Lexie Thompson, and Paula Creamer hit from the range today. Christe Kerr, Se Ri Pak, Inbee Park, Hee Young Park, and a few others on the putting green. I didn't get to see Lucy Li and Morgan. Still a great day.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 17, 2014

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    That is the same question Fox and CNN asked.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 17, 2014

    Women are sooooooooooooooo wonderful

  • Billy the Kid Jun 17, 2014

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    I had my sarcasm button on but thanks for the clarification. :)

  • Kenny Dunn Jun 17, 2014

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    This is the normal schedule the USGA has had for some time. It's just the venue that changed which explain folks paying attention who would normally not be aware of women's golf. Sort of he whole point of this experiment.

  • Derral VanLoon Jun 17, 2014

    Better yet... why is the course 1000 yards shorter? Everything should be equal.

  • mafiamic Jun 17, 2014

    "If they can do it we can do it too"...ha ha ,have to be just like everyone else.Typical mentality of this country.

  • allenmga Jun 17, 2014

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    They're going second for the same reason their tickets cost a fraction of the men's tourney.

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