What happened to Bing Crosby’s PGA Tour events?
They ended with the tournament played at Pebble Beach in February 1985. Later that year, Bing’s widow, Kathryn Crosby, pulled the plug, refusing to take on a corporate title sponsor.
What is the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur?
The event was originally known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur, or just the Crosby Clambake. After Crosby’s death in 1977, the tournament was hosted by his family for eight years.
Why did Crosby choose Pebble Beach for his golf tournament?
Samuel F. B. Morse, who owned the peninsula, its famous 17-mile drive and the Pebble Beach course through his Del Monte Properties, offered Crosby the course for his tournament. Crosby liked the idea. He still had his January dates on the tour and offered to put up $5,000 of the $10,000 purse, which was then required by the PGA.
Do celebrities ever play all 4 rounds in a golf tournament?
Only in the Crosby did the amateurs, including many celebrities, play all four rounds. Bob Hope’s tournament at Palm Springs used part of the Crosby format, but Bing once dismissed his friend’s event by saying, “It attracts an older group.”