"In view of the above-referenced advertisement, it is my belief that participation in this event by PGA Tour members might reflect adversely upon the integrity of the game of golf and participation in this event would violate the tournament regulations."
And that took care of that.
Brunson, who hails from Sweetwater, Texas, was asked if he felt that his activities reflected adversely upon the integrity of the game.
"Only when I hit it out of bounds," he said. "I got just one question about Beman's letter: Why do a bunch of grown men stand for it?"
No player was seeded in Dolly's tournament. A blind draw was used because, for one thing, nobody connected with running the event, including Don Cherry, the former touring pro, crooner and now special-events director at The Dunes, had any idea whom to seed, most of the entries being assistant pros or gypsies from the mini-tour.
Because the tournament gallery would be made up largely of Brunson's friends—gentlemen with names like Billy, Puggy, Buddy and Jamie, people who'd like to get some friendly action on the proceedings—Dolly decided he'd better give some thought to who these golfers were. Two entrants were known to devotees of agate type. They were Monte Kaser and Jim Masserio, both of whom had once played the big tour. Kaser is now a dealer at the Landmark Hotel in Vegas and so, it was thought, might have an edge in "local knowledge" on The Dunes course. But so would Bruce Ashworth, now from Lake Havasu, Ariz. He'd once been the pro at The Dunes.
"I believe I like Monte Kaser and Bruce Ashworth better than them other folks," Brunson said to his friend Billy Baxter.
"Which of them two you like best?" said Baxter.
"I believe I like Monte Kaser, since I've heard of him," Brunson said.
"O.K., I'll take Bruce," Baxter said.