By By Al Macks, Presidio of Monterey Public AffairsFebruary 3, 2012
PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Service members are invited to attend the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach for free a few days of the event, which spans Feb. 6-12.
Thousands of fans attend the tournament every year. Notable professionals competing this year include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Chris DiMarco, Rocco Mediate, Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson and the defending champion D.A. Points.
On Feb. 8, military members are invited to attend military-appreciation day, which coincides with one of the popular events of the week, the 3-M Celebrity Challenge.
This year's celebrities include Michael Bolton, Don Cheadle, Josh Duhamel, Herm Edwards, Kenny G, Jim Harbaugh, Andy Garcia, Huey Lewis, George Lopez, Bill Murray, Ray Romano, Tony Romo, Clay Walker, Darius Rucker, Anthony Anderson and Chris O'Donnell.
The event was won last year by the team of Bolton and Walker. Half the winnings went to Michael Bolton Charities that protects American women and children against violence. The other half was donated by country singer Walker to multiple sclerosis research.
Free tickets for military-appreciation day are limited to two per person and can be picked up at any ticket booth at Pebble Beach the morning of Feb. 8 with a military identification. Military uniform is not required, but suggested to get access to better viewing locations.
Also, last year, a few lucky service members in uniform were pulled aside to caddy for some of the celebrities.
For more information, or to see a list of golfers or celebrities, check out www.attpbgolf.com.
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation donated tickets each day for a limited number of active-duty military personnel to attend the tournament Feb. 10-12.
The support-our-troops tickets will be available in front of the Aiso Library each morning. A service member may also pick up a ticket for his or her spouse. Service members must show military ID to get the tickets.
Additionally, service members should plan to take the free FMWR shuttle to the event because parking is very limited and expensive during the tournament. The shuttle departs Aiso Library four times each day.
Tickets and bus transportation are limited to a first-come-first-serve basis. For specific times and locations, call 831-242-5506.
Another option is to take a bus from the California State University-Monterey Bay location next to Ord Military Community. However, the CSUMB return lines in the afternoon are extremely long.
While the CSUMB busses are free, riders must show their tournament tickets before boarding.
Attendees should note that there will be no cameras allowed at the tournament Feb. 10-12.
MILITARY APPRECIATION TENT
Service members are also highly encouraged to visit the military-appreciation tent located along the 15th fairway on the Pebble Beach Golf Links where free refreshments and snacks will be available.