Record number of women amateurs accept invitations to compete in 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
30 Dec 2015
see also: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Golf Links

The spectacular surroundings of Pebble Beach<br><i>Courtesy of NCGA</i>
The spectacular surroundings of Pebble Beach
Courtesy of NCGA

MONTEREY, Calif., Dec. 30, 2015 – Women golfers will be writing a new chapter in the illustrious history of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, as six amateurs – most notably former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach – have accepted invitations to play in the popular PGA TOUR event Feb. 8-14, 2016.

It will be the largest number of women in the tournament since it was originated by Bing Crosby in 1937 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Hall of Fame golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias broke the gender barrier in 1939, playing as a professional.

Until this year, the most women playing in the tournament was four, in 1941 at Rancho Santa Fe, and then in 1978 and 1980 in Pebble Beach, after Crosby moved the event to the Monterey Peninsula in 1947.

Besides Rice, who is playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the fourth time (2013 through 2016), former NBA executive Heidi Ueberroth is to play in her sixth tournament (2011-2016), which gives her the record for most appearances by a woman in the tournament. They are to be joined by first-time contestants Annesley MacFarlane, of Greenwich, Conn.; Julie First of Nashville, Tenn.; and Mary Meeker of Woodside, Calif.

“We are delighted to have these remarkable women be part of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro- Am,” said Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO and tournament director. “This event has enjoyed a great relationship with women golfers from the beginning.”

Past participants in the AT&T Pro-Am include Hall of Fame golfers Patty Berg (1941), Nancy Lopez (1977), and Juli Inkster (1980, 1981, 1982), as well as U.S. World Cup Soccer star Brandi Chastain. Before this year, 22 women have competed in the tournament.

Each amateur will be paired with a tour professional for the pro-am team competition in the tournament, to be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am professional field already features three of the top four players in the world – No. 1 Jordan Spieth, No. 2 Jason Day and No. 4 Bubba Watson – as well as No. 8 Dustin Johnson. Also returning are defending champion Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Jason Dufner.

John said the tournament would soon be announcing more players ranked in the world Top 20 who will be in the 2016 field at Pebble Beach.

Tickets for the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am are now available and priced at a discount when purchased by Feb. 6, 2016:

Practice Ticket (valid three days, Monday through Wednesday) $60 Includes admission to the popular Chevron Shoot- Out between the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers (Tuesday, Feb. 9) and the 3M Celebrity Challenge (Wednesday, Feb. 10). Single Day Ticket (valid one day, Thursday through Sunday) $60 Weekly Badge (valid Monday through Sunday) $150 Children 12 and under free with ticketed adult All active reserve and retired military, veterans and National Guard may register for up to four complimentary Single Day Tickets. Other ticket packages and sponsorships are available. For more information and to view the tournament week schedule, visit www.attpbgolf.com. Tickets may also be purchased through the tournament box office, 800-541-9091 (toll free) or 831-644-0333 (local) weekdays during business hours.

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About Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a charitable foundation, which disburses funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour. MPF focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. In the 2014/2015 fiscal year, MPF donated $9.2 million dollars to local organizations.

ABOUT THE AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

One of the most exciting events on the PGA TOUR, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is contested annually in front of over 190,000 spectators and millions of television viewers on three of the Monterey Peninsula’s premier golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore.

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