All eyes will be on the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in 2014 as the world-famous North Carolina golf facility hosts both the men's and women's U.S. Opens in back-to-back weeks next summer. That unprecedented double-header also will serve as something of a grand farewell party for Pinehurst President and COO Don Padgett II, who recently announced that he'll retire next fall.
Padgett – a longtime PGA Professional and the son of former PGA of America President Don Padgett – will be succeeded by Tom Pashley, who is currently Pinehurst's executive vice president.
In addition to his duties at Pinehurst, Padgett serves as the general chairman of both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. After his retirement, he will remain at the resort in an emeritus capacity.
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''With the upcoming U.S. Opens and exciting plans for the growth of our membership, I felt this was the right time to begin the transition for the future leadership of Pinehurst,'' Padgett said in a statement.
Padgett was named president at Pinehurst in 2004 after a 25-year career with ClubCorp, moving to North Carolina after serving as general manager of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Pinehurst hosted the 2005 U.S. Open soon after his arrival, and he oversaw the major renovation of the famed No. 2 Course by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that will be in the spotlight during the U.S. Open.
Among his many honors and accolades, Padgett has been inducted into both the Ohio and Indiana Golf Halls of Fame, and received the PGA's 1993 Bill Strausbaugh Award for excellence in club relations. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in marketing, and played on the PGA Tour from 1972-1974. His competitive accomplishments include the Indiana State Open Champion in 1972 and 1975; Ohio Open Champion in 1988; and Northern Ohio PGA Section Champion in 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1994. He was a member of the U.S. PGA Cup teams in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1984.