For Immediate Release
Sally J. Sportsman
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (October 9, 2009) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist, has been commissioned by the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation to create a special Remarque Edition of her 2009 U.S. Open Championship print, commemorating Lucas Glover's victory.
The special limited edition of the painting, which is of the 17th hole at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., will feature a pencil portrait of Glover with his U.S. Open trophy. The print will be co-signed by both Glover and Hartough. Glover, who turned pro in 2001, is a native of Greenville, S.C. and a Clemson University graduate. The prints will be available in December.
“I am pleased to have been asked by the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation to create this special Remarque Edition of the site of Lucas Glover’s U.S. Open victory,” says Hartough, whose work has achieved worldwide acclaim. “The Foundation does a fine job of bringing golf and its many life lessons to young people across the state.”
The mission of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation is to establish the funding necessary to continually create new opportunities for South Carolina’s youth through education and recreation, as well as to maintain current junior golf programs.
“For many years Linda Hartough has been a great friend to our South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation,” says Happ Lathrop, executive director of the Foundation. “We are proud and humbled that Hartough, arguably the greatest golf-landscape artist in the world, considers us a friend and teammate.”
This year marks 20 years since Hartough first was commissioned by the U.S. Golf Association to create annual paintings and prints of the U.S. Open. She is the only artist ever commissioned by the USGA and the R&A to do the annual paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and the British Open Championships.
Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990, when Hale Irwin won at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. This year’s rendering was of the 17th hole at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., site of Lucas Glover’s triumph.
A confirmed artist since childhood, early in her career Hartough painted landscapes, portraits and horses. In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event which propelled Hartough toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Since then, her work has achieved a distinguished status, displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Known for extraordinary attention to detail in her recreation of some of golf’s most beautiful holes, Hartough imbues her paintings with admiration for the scenery’s natural beauty and respect for the game’s history and tradition, elements which seem to emerge from the canvas.
Hartough is a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.