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 a popular Monterey golfer, The Bud Brownell Memorial Trophy was crafted 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.
54-hole, stroke-play competition. The field will be cut to the top 40 players and ties for the final 18 holes.
All professional and amateur players are entered into the open/scratch flight. Amateurs must have a valid USGA Handicap index of 2.4 or below.
Friday, October 7, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., or the first 126 paid players. The last day to withdraw and receive a full refund is Friday, October 14.
$495 for Open professionals, $325 for PGA Class A and Apprentice professionals in good standing, $325 for amateurs. Your entry fee includes green fees, sponsor gifts and complimentary on-course refreshments. Please make payment to Del Monte Golf Course by check, money order, or any major credit card for your entry into the 2016 Monterey Open Championship.
Based on a field of 126 competitors. Total estimated prize and awards purse for the Monterey Open Championship is $32,500. Top professional receives entry into the 2016 TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, November 15-20, 2016.
Play will be governed by the Head Golf Professional and Rules Committee at Del Monte Golf Course. All USGA Rules of Golf will be followed and a supplemental local rules sheet will be available. All questions will be settled by the Rules Committee, whose decision shall be final.
Monday, October 17 – 7:30 a.m. tee times starting on holes #1 and #10
Tuesday, October 18 – 7:30 a.m. tee times starting on holes #1 and #10
Wednesday, October 19 – 7:30 a.m. tee times starting on hole #1
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. in the Del Monte Pro Shop. Shuttles will be provided to the 10th tee every 15 minutes.
Practice rounds will be available October 10-16, 2016, for $50.00 including cart after 12:00 p.m. per player. Reservations can be made by calling the Del Monte Pro Shop at (831) 373-2700.
Pace of Play will be strictly enforced with a maximum time of 15 minutes average per hole. Penalties will be assessed for slow play.
The use of golf carts is not mandatory and caddies will be permitted in the Monterey Open Championship. Caddies do not have to carry the competitors’ clubs and will be permitted to use a golf cart, but both the player and the caddy are not permitted to ride in the golf cart at the same time. To schedule a caddie through Del Monte Golf Course, please contact Caddie Services (CSI) at (866) 903-9101.
Collared shirts are required for all competitors. All professionals must wear slacks; caddies and amateurs may wear Bermuda-length shorts.
Johnny Ruiz of Camarillo, CA won the Monterey Open with a three-day total of 202 (14 under par). Ruiz finished two shots ahead of Eddie Olson and David Gazzolo at 204. This is Ruiz’s first win as a Professional and it earned him a spot in the 2016 TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and The Links at Spanish Bay.