Crown Jewel of Oakley Pro/Am Series Goes Off
Settled along the Northern California coastline is a gorgeous resort called, the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, and for the last five years it has been home to the Oakley NorCal Shootout Pro/Am stop. And this year like all the ones prior was nothing short of top notch, but this time it would go down as the best one ever!
“Honestly, this is the greatest golf tournament I have ever played in,” said 2008 Hall of Famer Goose Gossage.
“Only a company like Oakley could put something like this together and have me really be myself,” said 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem.
Quotes like this were heard all weekend long, and there is no doubt NorCal Oakley Golf Rep, Bobby Schultze once again brought his “a” game and delivered on all levels. From the moment the local pros, accounts, VIPs, media and celebrities checked in to the Ritz they were shown the red carpet.
“I don’t know how comfortable I am with being called Mr. Evert,” said Rolling O Lab Manager Ryan Evert. “It’s ridiculous how nice and happy everyone is here.”
Sunday was arrival day for most everyone, included in the mix this time were 2009 US Open Runner-up Ricky Barnes, 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem, 2008 Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, big wave legend Jeff Clark and one of the greatest skateboarders on the planet and avid golfer Eric Koston. To say the field was star-studded would be quite the understatement.
That evening Oakley got together with PF Changs, New Era, Corona and some other possible partners to discuss the growth of the Oakley Pro/Am Series, and the summit meeting was a complete success. Look for more news and a dedicated website to be announced in the beginning of the new year.
Monday morning brought crystal clear skies, decent sized surf crashing onto the coastline, and a brisk low 60’s temperature – ideal weather for a golf tournament. Upon check-in all players were fitted with a new pair of Oakley Superdrive golf shoes, Oakley golf polo shirt, golf balls and the chance to buy raffle tickets to Bobby’s now famous closing dinner raffle. Corona girls were helping with check-in adding a nice backdrop to the morning, as other players took VIP tours of the Rolling O Lab.
A new addition to the mix in 2009 was a unique clinic / demo put on by Rich Beem and Ricky Barnes. Taking place on the first tee of the Old Course, Rich and Ricky talked about there better shots, how to play under pressure and re-living some of there glory shots over the past ten plus years. Everyone was stoked and having Geeter back on the mic again for the clinic just added to the great characters that are Rich and Ricky.
Right before everyone headed to their carts to tee off, caddie girls were auctioned off to play with the different teams of four on the course. Quite the welcomed compliment to a largely male field of golfers for the 2009 NorCal Shootout.
As for the golf, although it sometimes takes a back seat to the antics that go down on the course, the quality of golf was insane, including an eagle from Goose Gossage. One of the top highlights from the day on course was watching Rich Beem throw my driver in the water, then going to grab it out of the water in all his clothes. And thankfully he did because two holes later this writer won longest drive, so thanks Beemer for creating quite a moment for all to laugh at. Additionally, the Rolling O Lab was the 10th tee box for everyone to make their own custom Hijinx sunglasses, which of course was a huge hit for all the players.
The day ended with another epic sunset courtesy of Half Moon Bay, a fantastic Mexican dinner and hilarious awards ceremony where Beemer once again stole the show. But that story is for another time and website.
Big thanks to Al Janc, Megan Pura, Ryan Evert and O Lab Crew, Kirk Schultze, Toby Winters and of course Bobby Schultze because without Bobby’s attention to detail and true love for Oakley this weekend at the Ritz does not happen.