With apologies to the British Open’s famed first tee announcer Ivor Robson, the Frys.com Open has the best pair of volunteer tee announcers in golf this week.
Tournament president Duke Butler III invited Donna Archer, the widow of 1969 Masters champion George Archer, to announce the first tee shot at the first Frys.com Open held at beautiful CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
Donna told him she would be honored and would do him one better. She offered to announce the golfers before they teed off No. 1 all week.
Before George died in 2005 at age 64 after a long battle with Burkitts Lymphoma, he won 12 Tour events and another 19 events on the Champions Tour. Butler said Donna planned to wear her husband’s 1969 Masters contestant badge as a tribute to his greatest victory.
“The Frys” is being played in San Martin, Calif., not far from Gilroy, Calif., where for 40 years the Archers were Gilroy’s most famous couple. George was known on Tour as the “Gilroy Cowboy,” a tip of the cap to his days working on the Lucky Hereford Ranch there.
“He put Gilroy on the map, before all this other stuff, the Garlic Festival and the outlets,” Don DeLorenzo, owner of the Gilroy Golf Course and a friend of Archer’s, said in Archer’s obituary. “People knew Gilroy first by George Archer.”
The 10th tee announcer this week isn’t too shabby, either. It’s former U.S. soccer star turned golfer Brandi Chastain.