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Amateur Hour at Pebble

Kevin Costner at When you think about the amateur portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, you think about celebrities. Bill Murray, Kevin Costner and Joe Pesci are just a few who come to mind.
However, the majority of the amateur participants are businessmen - primarily executives, presidents and CEOs. In fact, of the 180 amateurs in this week's field, over 125 of them fall into the business category - whether as a banker or an auto dealer.
These are guys who can well afford to pay the $10,000 entrant's fee.
But there are others in the field. Others who don't have 'Executive' in their professional title. There's a dentist from Carmel, Calif. There's a physician from Pebble Beach. And there's a rancher from Hawaii.
There are people whose professions range from beer distributor to member of the U.S. House of Representatives. There are even those who have no professional status. They're still students.
But nobody comes to Pebble Beach to see Vance Coffman worm-burn his tee shot off the first tee - probably, not even his family.
No, everyone wants to see the stars. That's a large part of what makes the Pro-Am entertaining. You have your actors - Costner, Murray, Pesci, Clint Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Kevin James, Chris O'Donnell and Ray Romano.
You have your singers and entertainers - Michael Bolton, Glen Campbell, Alice Cooper, Tom Dreesen, Kenny G, Glen Frey, Huey Lewis, Tommy Smothers and Clay Walker.
You have your athletes, both former and current - Roger Clemens, Jimmy Connors, Chili Davis, Mark Grace, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jerry Rice, Bill Russell and Steve Young.
You've even got a dancer in Mikhail Baryshnikov.
With the amateurs you get a bit of everything. A chance to see a personal favorite. Watch a hero be humbled. Maybe even get a good stock tip. But most of all, you get pure entertainment - in the sounds and in the shots. Some of these guys are actually good. Most, however, are just rich.