This year marks the seventh consecutive time that artist Lee Wybranski has painted the official commemorative poster for the U.S. Open Championship, but it’s different from any other he has produced since 2008.
Wybranski had to create a poster that honors both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open, since the USGA is staging both national championships over consecutive weeks on the same golf course—Pinehurst’s famed Course No. 2, which was designed by legendary architect Donald Ross and recently redone by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The legendary Pinehurst Resort has hosted numerous important events since opening in 1907.
“This one was a little bit different, that’s for sure,” says Wybranski, who is also working on posters for this year’s British Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and PGA Championship at Valhalla.
“I had to approach it differently. The idea was to focus on the historic nature of holding the two championships back to back. The USGA has never done that before, and whether or not they ever do it again, this will have been the first. I’m excited to be involved.”
There’s something else very different about this poster from the others Wybranski has created for the USGA: The Pinehurst #2 golf course is not featured. “There’s been a lot of interest in the restoration of the golf course, but to appeal to the largest number of fans, we went with other elements that speak more to the iconic nature of Pinehurst,” says Wybranski. “Those would be the famous ‘Putter Boy’ sundial and the historical Pinehurst clubhouse. They set the scene for where we are, placed behind those two magnificent championship trophies. Tying it all together is the American flag, which frames the scene perfectly.
“I’m very pleased with how this poster turned out,” says Wybranski.
He will be in Pinehurst for nearly three weeks, starting the week before the U.S. Open and through both championships, signing copies of the poster for sale in the USGA’s merchandise pavilion. The poster is also for sale on USGAshop.com.
For additional information and to see other examples of Wybranski’s work, go to www.leewybranski.com or call 928-310-2152.
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Lee Wybranski has been a professional artist since 1992. On January 2, 2012 the business moved its location to Flagstaff, Arizona from Philadelphia and in 2013 changed names from Group W Art Works to Lee Wybranski Art & Design (LWAD). Since establishing the studio, Wybranski has completed numerous commissioned artworks and published editions related to the game of golf, including landscapes, portraits and event posters. His portfolio includes commissioned artwork for clients ranging from the National Golf Links of America to Polo Ralph Lauren to the NCAA Championships.