Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monterey Peninsula Country Club joins Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach as AT&T course for year 3.
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.