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June 16, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: Final thoughts on U.S. Open from Tar Heel state

These people in North Carolina aren’t just friendly, they are tough. Much tougher than we are in the Northwest. Let me explain. Having lived in Chico, Calif., Las Vegas and Miami, I have become accustomed to hot weather and I snicker when we in the Northwest get all atwitter at the conditions when it’s 90 degrees with no humidity. That’s called pleasant in my book,…

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June 15, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: A shocking revelation

I know this will be sacrilege around these parts, so I waited until the last day of the U.S. Open to say it to avoid having my press credentials revoked (just joking, USGA). So here goes: I am not in love with Pinehurst No. 2. There, I said it, and I feel better already having finally gotten it off my chest. I get…

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June 12, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: Southern hospitality, the flying gas cap and missing home

I am really liking the Southern hospitality which, trust me, extends to North Carolina. People here are more openly friendly than I am used to, but I am starting to like the women calling me “honey” or “sweetie” and the men calling me “sir.” A great example of the hospitality came yesterday when I saw a state trooper parked by the side…

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June 11, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: The mysterious Chambers Bay

So, how about golf trivia for $500, Alex? Actually, I was the host of this game. The question, which I asked to random people Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 2 here in North Carolina, was, “Do you know what Chambers Bay is?” I gave them no context, other than that I was a newspaper reporter.  Fifteen people played,…

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June 10, 2014 at 4:45 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: Can you help a lost soul?

I’ve heard about this newfangled technology, GPA or GPS or something like that. Some voice actually tells you which way to go, or at least I’ve been told. It sure would have come in handy on the pretty 40-mile drive from Spring Lake to Pinehurst, N.C., which had about 1,000 different turns along the way, give…

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