The Stocker Cup Invitational October 24-26, 2013
The Stocker Cup Invitational Golf Tournament is played each year in memory of Peter C. Stocker, a prominent San Francisco real estate developer and avid sportsman who died in a tragic helicopter accident at Rancho San Carlos near the Carmel Valley in 1990. (Rancho San Carlos has since been renamed the Santa Lucia Preserve.)
The tournament was originally played at Pebble Beach, The Links at Spanish Bay and Poppy Hills GC. In 2000, The Stocker Cup moved to its permanent new home at The Preserve Golf Club within the Santa Lucia Preserve near Carmel Valley, California; a spectacular layout designed by virtuoso golf course architect Tom Fazio with Sandy Tatum.
First time contestants and their wives/significant others are wowed by The Preserve's bucolic setting; in 2012 one first timer proclaimed, "It's like driving into a postcard." In addition to the top-100 layout and the way the tournament caters to its players and their guests, The Stocker Cup is played in a unique A-B format similar to the AT&T Pro-Am, where top mid-amateurs are paired with low handicap B players in a simultaneous team best-ball event.