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We're with the Cup

Fans at the Pebble Beach Golf Links enjoyed posing with the Stanley Cup for a photo op that resulted in charitable donations to The First Tee.
Paul Lester

July 8, 2011


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.—Legend and tradition.

Two sports icons with both of those common characteristics finally got together to help celebrate a national holiday Monday, and, in the process, this unique meeting  kicked off the eighth Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an annual Champions Tour event.

On July 4, Pebble Beach Golf Links welcomed the National Hockey League’s famed Stanley Cup trophy on the property. The end result was more than $70,000 raised for The First Tee of Monterey County. Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, an annual participant in this week’s tournament, arranged for the Stanley Cup to appear on the Monterey Peninsula. On short notice, the staffs of both Pebble Beach Resorts and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, along with the support of Nature Valley, helped coordinate a special event to raise money for the local First Tee chapter.

It surprised everyone when more than 1,000 fans turned out on the lawn near Pebble Beach’s 18th green to have photographs taken with the trophy for a suggested minimum donation of $20 per image.

“Once we found out that the Stanley Cup was coming, we got things together quickly,” said Ollie Nutt, the longtime CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. “It was actually fun to see lots of families and kids in attendance, and I think every NHL team’s jersey was represented. It was all done for a good cause.”

NHL policy dictates that only players and the owner of the winning team are able to hoist the Stanley Cup. However quite of the few of the people in attendance embraced and kissed the Cup for their prized picture. Some went in the opposite direction, standing next to the Cup but refusing to touch it for fear of jinxing their beloved franchise. 

The 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins won their sixth NHL title on June 15 with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. It was their first championship since 1972. Established in 1893, the Stanley Cup stands nearly three feet and weighs more than 30 pounds. Unlike most awards in professional team sports, it is engraved with the names of all the winning players, coaches, management and staff.

In addition to the Nature Valley First Tee Open, Pebble Beach Golf Links, built in 1919, has played host to numerous golf tournaments, including five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship and the PGA TOUR’s annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach pairs a Champions Tour player with 78 of the game’s brightest junior players and 156 amateurs from around the world. The event serves as an international showcase for The First Tee, an initiative to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. 


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