The 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach

The 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links coincided with the 100 year anniversary of the course and the 27th anniversary of the Shivas Irons Society. Twenty-five Society supporters volunteered as hole marshals for the week and the Society celebrated with festivities at Carmel Beach and a wonderful party at Dave Buckingham and Konny Murray's home in Carmel Valley. The party at Dave and Konny's was a reprise of the celebration of the 2010 U.S. Open. Let's hope we can do it all again in 2027 when the U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach!




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Ben Kline Carmel, CA
07/17/2019 • 4:56 pm

The beach party on Tuesday afternoon of U.S. Open Week was great fun. There was plenty of food and drink and great conversation. We played a little golf on the sand, even asking Matt Kuchar if he wanted to take a swing as he passed by our party with his wife after a practice round. He politely declined the invitation.


Beach party


golf on the beach

                  John Rousseau, Don Davis, and sand golf architect Richard Warren playing off a cliff.



sunset on the beach

                In typical Shivas Irons Society fashion, we partied on the beach until the sun went down!


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Don Davis La Junta, CO
07/19/2019 • 7:19 pm

It was sunny,it was warm and Pebble Beach was in the distance. I had a wonderful time and met some great people. What is it about golf and especially  people who take golf to a level enjoyed by Shivas Irons brothers and sisters? I may be getting older and my scores are creeping up but my enjoyment of the game is growing. A large number of the people present practiced yoga. I started as soon as I got home and I cannot  believe I waited this long. Well done it was a memorable evening I will cherish for many years.

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Ben Kline Carmel, CA
07/17/2019 • 6:19 pm

On the course on Thursday, Phil Mickelson plotting his escape from the rough on 13.

Phil Mickelson among the fans


Dave and Ben on the 14th hole

SIS Board Member and Hole Marshal Dave Buckingham with SIS Director Ben Kline on the 14th hole. And below, Dave at work, keeping everyone safe.

Dave Buckingham


On the 13th green below, Ernie Els making it look easy even though he would end up missing the cut.

Ernie Els


The crowd between the 9th tee box and the 13th fairway:

the crowd


And inside the merchandise tent, artist and Shivas Irons Society member Lee Wybranski, signing his official poster of the 2019 U.S. Open....

Lee Wybranski


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Ben Kline Carmel, CA
08/05/2019 • 10:42 am

Our week long festivities culminated with a gathering at Dave & Konny's home in Carmel Valley. A wonderful tradition kept vibrant through the generosity of spirit of our hosts, pictured below.  

Konny Murray & Dave Buckingham


There was plenty of food, drink and intoxicating conversation!

party sceneFred and Jo and Jay CookBarbara and Richard Warrenparty scene


And eventually, all good things must come to an end.... Hope to see everyone again in 2027 at Pebble Beach! 


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Don Davis La Junta, CO
02/23/2020 • 7:00 pm

A wonderful experience. The beach gathering was my first time on carmel beach. Wow. The water looked like Hawaii  until you got in. The dogs romping around and the friendliness of the people were really special. The entire time the 9th and 10th holes of pebble loom in the background. The gathering at Dave and Konnys home was worth the experience of a very steep and exciting drive. The house found me. You never know what  will happen at a Shivas gathering. Being introduced by the starter for 20 + US opens, Ron Read was memorable. Not bad for an old golfer from the prairie of Colorado. Pacific Grove back nine, Eddie Lowrys grave, Cypress Point and Los Laureles lodge all places that the Shivas men and women shared with me.