Watson & Tatum to be Honored by NorCal PGA Foundation


The Northern California PGA Foundation has announced it will honor Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum at "The Langley," the foundation's annual fundraiser August 30-31. Watson, who's playing in this week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, will return to The Links at Spanish Bay for the event.

Both Stanford alumni, Watson and Tatum achieved excellence in golf - Watson as a PGA Tour player and multiple major winner and Tatum as a past president of the USGA.

"We're thrilled to have remarkable leaders as Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum as our honored guests at this year's event," said Nancy Maul, the foundation's managing director. "Their involvement will make this a successful event through which we can support many worthwhile charitable programs."

Watson spent more than 25 years on the PGA Tour, where he became the dominant player from 1977-1984 when he won Player of the Year honors six times. He won the Masters in 1977 and 1981 and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1982. Watson also earned five British Open titles (1975-77-80-82-83) and was the Tour's leading money winner five times. During his Hall of Fame career, Watson, a native of Kansas City, won 39 PGA Tour events.

Tatum was a member of Stanford University's golf team, which won back-to-back NCAA Men's Golf Championships in 1941 and '42. He also won the NCAA individual title in 1942 and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. Focusing on the business side of golf, Tatum served on the USGA Executive Committee from 1972-80 and was President of the organization from 1978-80. Outside of golf, Tatum has donated hundreds of hours by serving as chairman, president and member on numerous councils, societies and associations. He has been involved in course-enhancement projects in California, including the successful renovation of Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco in the early 2000's. He was also involved in the design and development, with Watson and Robert Trent Jones II, of The Links at Spanish Bay Golf Course, and he co-designed The Preserve in Monterey and Stonetree Golf Club in Marin County.

About the Northern California PGA Foundation

The Northern California PGA Foundation is dedicated to providing resources to golf programs in Northern California and northwestern Nevada that enrich life's positive values. Its programs include Saving Strokes, which uses golf as a rehabilitative tool for people who have had a stroke; junior golf-support efforts for those who can't afford the opportunity to learn the game while providing social and life skills; and programs for the disabled for those who may have been denied access. For more information, visit www.NCPGAfoundation.org.

About "The Langley"

In its first two years, "The Langley" honored Arnold Palmer and Ken Venturi in 2009 for their achievements, in addition to the tournament's namesake, Jim Langley, a former PGA Tour player and the long-time head golf professional at Cypress Point Club.

For more information about playing in the tournament at The Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, or supporting the works of the NCPGA Foundation with a charitable donation, contact Nancy Maul at 707/449-4742 or nmaul@pgahq.com.

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