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Southern Pines Welcomes U.S. Women's Open Once Again

Posted June 24, 2007

— The population in Moore County is about to get a boost.

Tens of thousands of golf fans are expected to make their way to Southern Pines this week for the U.S. Women’s Open at the Pine Needles Golf Club.

The golf course might be quiet now, but it’s ready – perfectly trimmed, shaped and molded for the tour. The last time the women’s open landed in Pine Needles, it was 2001. Players come from all over the world to compete.

“There’s a very large international contingent, both in terms of the players in the field and the media as a result who are covering them. And you’ll see that throughout the week,” said Beth Murrison, with the U.S. Golf Association.

In previous years, crowds have topped the 100,000 mark, which is just one reason the tour keeps coming back.

“This is the third time we’ve been here in 11 years, and I really think that speaks to about how much the USGA enjoys coming here – but certainly the players as well, how welcome we feel coming here,” Murrison said.

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  • ttc248 Jun 25, 2007

    Hopefully, some of the profits will filter into the work force made up residents of the area who have lower incomes and depend upon the generosity of the rich and famous. Typically, it hasn't in the past - only a select few benefit. Maybe this time it will be different. I live in the area and work here, so, I'm not guessing.

  • lunamag Jun 25, 2007

    Obviously the Bell family has succeeded in painting a world class atmosphere picture. Sorry but after having the thrill of working there you get to see who these people are and what Pine Needles really stands for.

  • BeaconFire Jun 25, 2007

    The Bell family has once again rolled out the red carpet to welcome the golf world to their beautiful Pine Needles course! Don't miss this chance to experience world class golf at a world class course. As a Moore County native I want to thank Mrs. Peggy Kirk Bell and the rest of her family and staff for their endless efforts to secure this US Women's Open. It's time to get this party started. Come see what all the fuss is about!