February 1, 1996 |
What is wetter than the back of a seal out in Monterey Bay and as soft as the chocolate mousse in one of those cute restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea? Why, it's these golf courses, the ones that will be played beginning today in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Once again, it probably shouldn't be tried without scuba gear.
January 3, 1986 |
George Archer shot a 29 on the front nine of the Pebble Beach Golf Links Thursday and finished with a seven-under-par 65, a score later matched by Dan Forsman and Andy North in the first round of the $200,000 Spalding Invitational tournament. Forsman also played Pebble Beach, the toughest of the three courses used in the non-tour event, while North played the par-71 Carmel Valley Golf and Country Club course.
May 19, 1992 |
The new owners of Pebble Beach are letting some grass grow under their feet, and that's purely intentional. The idea is to let the roughs of the legendary seaside golf links deepen and thicken to make them more of a test of skill for the 156 amateurs and pros who will play in the U.S. Open June 15-21. If the roughs are getting rougher, the relationship between Monterey Peninsula residents and the new Japanese owners of Pebble Beach resort appears to be blissfully smooth--for now, anyhow.
January 4, 1986 |
Don Pooley, who had the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour last year, surprised himself Friday with an eight-under-par 64 on the Pebble Beach Golf Links and took the lead with a 132 after two rounds of the $200,000 Spalding Invitational tournament now under way on three Monterey Peninsula courses. Tim Norris also shot a 64, which is two strokes over the course record at Pebble Beach, and was one stroke back in the non-tour golf event.
November 10, 1988 |
In 1968, Arnold Palmer became the first pro golfer to earn $1 million in career winnings. Beginning today, 13 players have a chance to become the first to make a million this year. What's the best way to look at this? "It's unreal," Chip Beck said. Then is this golf or banking? "I don't think many of the guys have cash registers in their eyes," Mark McCumber said.
February 4, 1990 |
Rocco Mediate came through the wind tunnel on the finishing holes of Cypress Point Saturday battered--but surprisingly happy. Mediate, who shared the 36-hole lead Friday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with Payne Stewart and Bob Gilder, shot a one-over-par 73, but remains in contention despite three bogeys on his finishing holes.
August 6, 1999 |
Steve Ballard was ready to head home to Westlake Village after shooting 73-67--140 on Monday in U.S. Amateur Championship qualifying at Apple Valley Country Club. Not so fast, said caddie Steve Richman. "I didn't think 140 would be good enough," Ballard said. "I didn't feel I had a shot until they came up and said I was in a three-way playoff."
November 11, 1988 |
One day after he shot a 65 in a pro-am round but was disqualified for signing an incorrect score card, Curtis Strange shot a 64 Thursday at Pebble Beach and was very careful about what he signed. "I checked my score card today," Strange said. "I must have checked it 6 or 7 times." And Strange, who has said even more often that he really isn't thinking about becoming golf's first Mr. Million in yearly earnings, turned his spikes in that direction anyway.
June 29, 1989
Pat Duncan of Rancho Santa Fe, the three-time San Diego City Amateur champion, advanced Wednesday into today's quarterfinals of the 78th annual California Golf Assn. amateur championship tournament in Pebble Beach by ousting Pleasanton's Todd Fischer, 3 and 2, in the first round of match play, and Anaheim's Don Shevorski, 4 and 3, in the second. One San Diego golfer who did not make it past the first round was Phil Mickelson, the NCAA Division I champion, who lost in the first round to fellow San Diegan Jack Spradlin, 2 and 1. Spradlin, a former touring pro, then defeated San Francisco's Sandy McColl, 3 and 1, to reach the quarterfinals.
November 14, 1988 |
Those may as well have been dollar bills raining Sunday on Curtis Strange and Tom Kite, who could have covered themselves in cash and enjoyed golf's biggest payday--a $535,000 walk on the wet side at Pebble Beach. But they didn't. The PGA will have its first Million Dollar man today in a sudden-death playoff, which will be televised beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPN, and it will be either Kite or Strange.