Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Back to defend hoping to follow the exact script, D.A. Points has everything in place. Starting strong in Hawaii this season, the Illinois 35 year old will celebrate his daughters 2nd birthday at Pebble Beach, hoping it will be as joyous as her first when he became a PGA tour champion for the first time. His wife will tend to the little one, while daddy deals with comedian/actor Bill Murray and the distractions his antics bring. D.A. once again plans to embrace the chaos and soak in the splendors of the tournament which begin the week of February 6th. Joining Points at the podium for press day was former NFL coach and now commentator Herm Edwards who grew up on the peninsula , actor Anthony Anderson, new tournament director Steve John of Santa Cruz, outgoing President Steve Worthy, and longtime Monterey Peninsula foundation board member Ollie Nutt.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
MPCC has history as the original "Crosby" course. In 1947 it was a gathering of Bing's Friends. Today, it's a corporate enterprise raising $8.3 Million for local charities and the First Tee Program. "The Crosby" was played for 18 consecutive years on the Dunes course at MPCC, and it's final two on the Shore Course ending in 1966.. until replacing Poppy Hills 3 years ago. Defending Champ D.A. Points got off to a fast start at MPCC last year winning his first ever PGA Tour event. His amateur partner was Bill Murray. Points didn't know he was paired with the comedian, and recalled his first encounter with the funny man who will return the week of February 6th. Tiger Woods is also entered, but only a handful of the World's top ranked ranked players will be there. On the celebrity side, expect many of the CBS regulars, and Wednesday February 8th, Murray, Huey Lewis, Kenny G, George Lopez and other entertainers do a Whiskey Run (holes 1-2-3-17-18) for Charity. The format at Pebble Beach at one time featured Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Bing, and buddies. There was no mention of "The Crosby" at Tuesday's press conference at MPCC. The Tournament is firmly branded by AT&T and expect it to grow every year according to Tournament Director Ollie Nutt.