The Monterey Open Championship has a rich and storied history dating back to 1926, when it was won by “Light Horse” Harry Cooper in an event that included most of the top golfers in the nation—including the reigning U.S. Amateur George Von Elm, and 1927 Ryder Cup team members “Wild” Bill Melhorn, Joe Turnesa, Johnny Golden, Al Watrous, Johnny Farrell, Leo Diegel, and Al Espinosa.
The tournament missed a few years during the Great Depression, and again during WWII, but otherwise remained a popular annual event on the Del Monte Golf Course calendar. Following the WWII death of popular Monterey golfer Bud Brownell, the Bud Brownell Memorial Trophy was created by Jo Mora for engraving the names of future winners.
After a brief hiatus (the tournament was not played from 1997-2003), Del Monte Golf Course resumed the event in 2004.
Matt Pridey of Salinas shot a closing 8-under 64 to catch second-round leader Ian Maxwell and win the 2018 Monterey Open Championship by one stroke. Pridey finished with an impressive three-day total of 18-under 198. Maxwell, who started the day two ahead, shot a final-round 67. John Greco finished third with a closing 70. In addition to the $5,000 winner’s check, Pridey also earned a spot into the 2018 Taylormade Pebble Beach Invitational Presented by Dell Technologies at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and The Links at Spanish Bay.
October 14-16, 2019
54-hole, stroke-play golf tournament, held on Del Monte Golf Course