Attendance likely slipped at this year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but tournament director Steve John was feeling just about as happy on Monday as two-stroke winner Brandt Snedeker.
"I'm real happy," John said. "It was a great week."
A little bit of foul weather Friday morning gave way to chilly, but crystal-clear weekend weather that made the Monterey Peninsula — courtesy of the tournament broadcast — appear to be the most inviting destination in the country.
"It was the highlight of the weekend for the whole nation," said Jody Hansen, president of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Overall attendance may have dipped, but the great weekend weather, a good mix of celebrity amateurs making the weekend cut and a top-notch field of pros produced a compelling crowd-pleaser, John said.
"We had a very deep, strong field," he said. "We should have a big (attendance) number, but it won't be what it was last year."
With more sponsors and added concession venues, the tournament likely raised about $11 million for nonprofit charity organizations, which would represent an increase from a year ago, John said.
"We were packed yesterday and the buses were running all day," he said.
Hansen said the tournament, besides being a boon to local nonprofits, gave a boost to area retailers.
"Downtowns were busy," she said. "It was looking good for retailers. Even our locals were shopping more. We definitely saw an uptick with the event."
Hansen said she saw a lot of out-of-state license plates in town for the tournament.
There were no obvious snags with the event, and John was already figuring ways — little ways — to make things better for 2014.
Spectators sitting on the grass at one spot on the Pebble Beach Golf Links prompted him to plan for some picnic tables there next year. And some portable toilets would be welcome near the tournament "grand entrance," he said.
"I made tons of notes," he said. "I want this to be the best tournament on (the PGA) tour."
Even the theft one night of gift golf hats and shirts from a hospitality tent for military personnel prompted more than enough donations to make up for the lost goods, he said.
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