Pebble Beach, Calif. (Vocus) January 8, 2009
Casey Boyns, one of California's greatest amateur golfers, and Bob Murphy, one of the game's illustrious ambassadors, are the newest members of the California Golf Hall of Fame. They will be inducted at the 50th annual California Golf Writers Association (CGWA) awards banquet on Feb. 10 at The Inn At Spanish Bay.
Boyns, a professional caddie from Pacific Grove, established his legacy with two California State Amateur Championship victories, while finishing second in 2007, and as four-time Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Player of the Year, most recently in 2007. One of the most accomplished amateurs in state history, Boyns has posted 14 NCGA individual victories overall, including two NCGA Amateurs, four NCGA Public Links and most recently the 2007 Master Division Championship.
Murphy, one of the original members of the CGWA, is a retired television and radio broadcaster who pioneered golf on the airwaves, dating back to the early days of the Bing Crosby Pro-Am. A beloved member of the Stanford University athletic family, the long-time Santa Cruz resident has served as emcee for the CGWA awards banquet the past four decades.
Others being honored by the California Golf Writers Association include tour veteran and television commentator Roger Maltbie; longtime Pebble Beach Golf Links executive RJ Harper; Monterey Peninsula Foundation President/CEO Ollie Nutt; and lifetime golf ambassador Lawson Little III.
The affable Maltbie, a San Jose native, played the PGA Tour full-time from 1975 to 1996, winning five times and posting close to 60 top-10 finishes. Inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame in 1985, Maltbie is equally respected for his work with NBC Sports as a golf analyst and on-course reporter.
Harper is a classic "American success story," starting his career at Pebble Beach as a course marshal and working his way up through the company's staff of golf professional. He eventually was named head pro at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and then to his current position overseeing operations at the company's four courses.
Little, whose father Lawson Little Jr. was among the first class of California Golf Hall of Fame inductees in 1959, is a devoted advocate of the game on and off the course. Little has enjoyed a successful career in the golf industry, particularly as a pioneer of golf in Carmel Valley, and contributes to numerous causes through golf.
Nutt, the driving force in establishing The First Tee of Monterey County, joined the foundation staff in 1999 to take charge of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. During his tenure, the PGA Tour pro-celebrity tournament has raised more than $50 million for charity and the foundation also established a new event on the Champions Tour, The Walmart First Tee Open.
Reservations for the CGWA Awards Banquet must be confirmed in advance, $175 per person. For more details, contact Hunter Public Relations • Special Events, (831) 375-1747.
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