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.
Congratulations to Mark Hensby, the winner of the 2021 Monterey Open! Hensby came in with a low score of 199 (17-under) defeating runner-up, Derek Ackerman, by 7 strokes. Hensby claimed a check for $5,000 and secured a spot for the 2021 Pebble Beach TaylorMade Invitational at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and The Links at Spanish Bay this November.