Friday, March 7, 2014
By Tom Chard firstname.lastname@example.org
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"That's one of my favorite tournaments," said Pierson.
At the Masters, she met someone who works at St. Andrews who could be a good contact.
During the Masters, Pierson had a chance to talk with two-time champion Ben Crenshaw, who noticed the Pinehurst No. 2 hat she was wearing. Crenshaw, a golf course architect, was involved in the extensive renovation of No. 2 for next year's Opens.
"He was very nice," said Pierson.
Stationed at the 12th hole, she said anticipating the crowd's reaction to a good shot was exciting.
"We knew where the shot was immediately but the patrons couldn't tell right away," she said.
That's because there are no patrons around the 12th green. They're 160 yards away behind the tee.
Pierson will work the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., in two weeks. She worked at the tournament last year because she wanted the experience.
At the Masters, Pierson couldn't leave her post at the 12th until the final group had played the hole. Late Sunday afternoon, she worked her way back to the clubhouse. When she knew there was going to be a playoff, she headed to the 10th green with a co-worker. She was greenside when Adam Scott sank the birdie putt to win the tournament.
TEE TO GREEN: Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland will hold a qualifier for the national Drive, Putt and Chip Championship on July 22. The deadline for registering is April 30. It's free and open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. The national finalists will compete at Augusta National on the Sunday before next year's Masters. Competitors will hit three drives, three chips and three putts, and scores will be determined on a point system based on accuracy and distance. Age divisions are 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. One boy and one girl in each age division will advance to a regional tournament at Pine Hills Country Club in Plymouth, Mass. Register at www.drivechipAndputt.com. The national competition is being run by the USGA, the PGA of America and the Masters. Age groupings will be based on one's age on April 6, 2014.
Sunset Ridge Golf Course in Westbrook opened the front nine and holes 10 and 18 on Friday. The nine-hole, par-3 course also opened. The course is off the River Road. Scott Mann is the new head pro. Mann formerly was the head pro at the Falmouth Country Club. He can be reached at 854-9463. Work is continuing on the rest of the fairways on the back nine to get them in playing condition.
Greg Baker is the new head pro at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth. For the last four years, Baker has been an assistant pro at Martindale in Auburn. Baker also coaches the Yarmouth High golf team.
Chad Penman has been hired as head pro at Boothbay. His most recent positions have been at Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y., and Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples. Fla.
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