Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 6, 1971 · Page 16
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 16

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A46 Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, January 6,1971 Another entertainer in golfing By GENE HANDSAKER HOLLYWOOD (AP) Another golf tournament has an entertainer's name. The 45th Los Angeles Open, starting Wednesday with $110,000 in prjzes for professionals, is now officially the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open. Why? The last two tournaments have been rained into the red. The sponsoring Junior Chamber of Commerce believe Campbell—and his 100 invited, amateur-player friends from the show and sports worlds—will help attract a gallery even if there's rain. Campbell, the country- singing television star from Delight, Ark., and a fair golfer hiKiself, says the tie-up came when "I did some radio spots last year to promote the tournament. Then I met some guys from the Junior Chamber, and I think they came up with the idea." He has guaranteed the $200 entry fee for any of his guests who don't ante up. But generally well heeled pals like Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Lawrence Welk, the Dodgers' Ted Sizemore and Wilie Davis and several ffootball-playing Rams presumably will pay it themselves. Campbell will play in the first day's pro-celebrity tournament —an innovation this year—and present the professional winner's check on the 18th green next Sunday. The last two days' competition will be televised nationally by CBS. In headlining a tournament, Campbell follows a golfing trail blazed by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Andy Williams and Danny Thomas. Bing was first, launching his "clambake" at Rancho Santa Fe in 1936. "We just did it for a lark," says his brother Larry, the tournament manager. "We were rained out except for a half day, but Bing paid the $1,500 prize. Sam gsnead won." After a four-year wartime layoff the tournament moved to the Monterey peninsuda. This year's $170,000 Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur Championship Jan. 14-17 will be 'No. 30i£," Larry says, figuring that first tournament as only half-size. Bing contributes about $25,000 to expenses, NBC paying the $170,000 prize money for television rights, Larry says. The tournament nets about $950,000 a year for beneficiaries including 15 West Coast youth centers and student loan funds in nearly 60 U.S. colleges. The five-year-old Palm Springs Golf Classic raised $96,650 for charity in 1964. Directors invited invetrate golfer Bob Hope to become president. Next year, its first as the Bob Hope Desert Classic, proceeds jumped to $169,150. "Hope brought in NBC nd his automobile sponsor," a tournament spokesman says. "Everything was enhanced." Last year's tournament raised $352,000. Of this $246,000 went to the Eisenhower Medical Center, the rest to community funds, other hospitals, etc. The 140-bed Eisenhower Medical Center, under construction on 80 nearby acres donated by Hope and his wife, is expected to receive its first patient next November. The 12th annual Classic, a four-day round robin for amateurs and pros, followed by a playoff for pro, goes on Feb. 10-14. A spokesman for the Andy Williams San Diego Open gives this account: Undergoing a routine medical checkup in 1907, Williams met Dr. Jonas Salk, was impressed by his research work and decided he wanted to help. In three years the tournament has contributed more than $500,000 to the Salk Institute at La Jolla. In offering to associate with the then $60,000 San Diego Open, Williams requestd and got certain improvements, like private dining facilities, to attract more pros. He raised the purse and contributed part on it. The money now comes from admissions, programs and TV revenue. This year's $175,000 open, including a two-day pro- amateur event, will be played Jan. 26-31. Events include fashion shows for players' wives and Andy taping his TV show, Walgreen Agency Drug Stores Fountain AND Grill WILL BE OPEN . . . *» Salw EASTGATE PLAZA.. STORE WILL BE CLOSED JAN. 17th, 1971 EVERYTHING GOES! SAVE DRUG ITEMS NATIONAL BRANDS 50? V ' ,*»,„ ..,:'„- ' * SAVE \ NAME BRAND COSMETICS 50? ifl rf> &j:c SAVE CHRISTMAS MERCHANDISE 50? We've Emptied Our Warehouse Into Eastgate Plaza \> ^ '-- *«b . ff M < \ .;iS^^' HALLMARK Seasonal and Everyday Cards and Party Needs On Everything We Haven't Been Able to Sell for The Last 8 Years 50 Off ««< *s TOYS Prescription Records Will Be At Reese Drug, Monticello Plaza, Godfrey Phone 466-3466 Call for Free Delivery . . . ALL SALES FINAL Absolutely No Refunds No Credit Cards Accepted For Sale Items SAVE ON EVERYTHING IN THE STORE (Tobacco & Prescription Excluded)

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