HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (November 10, 2009) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist, will join Lucas Glover, 2009 U.S. Open winner, at a special signing event Nov. 11 of a fine-art commemorative edition of prints commissioned by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
Hartough and Glover will co-sign the numbered pieces, 276 in all, representing Glover’s winning score. Each print features a portrait of Glover holding the U.S. Open trophy after his victory and the painting of the 17th Hole at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, NY. The signing will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the headquarters of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association in Irmo, S.C. Hartough and Glover will be available to speak to the press at the event.
The original oil painting, Hartough’s 20th in her U.S. Open Series commissioned by the USGA, will be on display at the event. Hartough has announced that 30% of the sale of the original will be donated to the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.
“I look forward to joining Lucas Glover for this special signing event,” says Hartough, whose work has achieved worldwide acclaim. “The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation brings golf and its many life lessons to young people across the state, and it is my pleasure to help support this fine organization.”
The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation has exclusive rights to auction the signed and numbered limited-edition prints. The proceeds will benefit South Carolina Junior Golf, a program of which Glover is a graduate. Glover, who turned pro in 2001, is a native of Greenville, S.C. and a Clemson University graduate. The mission of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, established in 1990, is to establish the funding necessary to create continual new opportunities for South Carolina’s youth through education and recreation, as well as to maintain current junior golf programs.
This year marks 20 years since Hartough first was commissioned by the USGA 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.
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.
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