For the first
time the professional golf tour—including jet aces Palmer, Nicklaus and
Snoopy—will open its season with one of its most spectacular events, the Bing
Crosby National Pro-Am. Given their choice, the pros would much prefer to start
on their quest for an alltime high of $5 million in purse money at some nice,
comfortable, undemanding event like, say, a San Diego Open. Instead they are
off next week to the Monterey Peninsula, to the surprises and terrors of Pebble
Beach, Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill, perhaps to a hurricane or a snowstorm
and undoubtedly to the crash of the surf, a sound that increases in pitch as
the top of the backswing is reached. No, the golfer cannot tell what he will
face at the Crosby, a fact that Cartoonist Charles Schulz, who has played in
the event seven times, well knows. The only certainty is that the Crosby has
some awful shocks awaiting the competitors, as that world-famous golf pro,
Snoopy, is about to discover.
Here's the world-famous golf pro flying his private jet to Monterey to play in
The big pocket is for peanut butter sandwiches!
Here's the world-famous golf pro seeing the sixteenth hole at Cypress for the
Here's the world-famous golf pro standing on the first tee at Cypress Point
squinting into the sun... We golf pros always squint into the sun!
Here's the world-famous golf pro playing in the Crosby and being followed by
the huge throng of his admirers known as "Snoopy's Squad"
Some pros get Ernie Ford for a partner, or Sandy Koufax, or Andy Williams...
Who do I get? An opthalmologist from San Jose!
Rats! I hate to lose a partner... it's a two-stroke penalty!
I miss playing with Ben Hogan... I used to like to say to him, "You're
Putting at Spyglass Hill can be quite a problem ..
If the wind blows hard, I always try to stand behind Jack Nicklaus!
So there I was leading the field by two shots going into the eighteenth hole,
and then they tell me that dogs aren't allowed on the course!