Contest winner enjoys red-carpet week at finale

Barry Kidd and wife Mary are enjoying a VIP week at TPC Harding Park, thanks to Barry's picking prowess.
November 06, 2011
Kenyatta Ramsey, Champions Tour staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- For each of the last eleven years, Barry Kidd has spent a week inside the ropes as a volunteer at the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic. This week, as the grand prize winner of the Champions Tour Pick 'Em Challenge, he's getting to experience the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in a different manner.

A retail grocery management retiree, Kidd saw the Pick 'Em Challenge being advertised on and decided to give it a shot. "I picked all my guys at the beginning of the contest and didn't change one pick. I decided to start off with Fred Couples in the major because I was most confident in him winning. He is also one of my favorites on the Tour." Kidd scored points in five of the six tournaments and picked correctly the winner of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Couples) and the Boeing Classic (Mark Calcavecchia).

The Grand Prize weekend started by flying to San Francisco and attending a dinner hosted by Champions Tour President Mike Stevens in downtown San Francisco. There, Barry and his wife, Mary, got a chance to spend time with Champions Tour professionals and tournament dignitaries. "Thursday night was a wonderful experience . The food and the surroundings were just first-class." The next two days were spent at the tournament, where the couple were special guests of Charles Schwab. "At a golf tournament, I've never experienced anything quite as nice as this. The hospitality that Schwab showed us was great. I've always seen a tournament from the volunteer side of things, and experiencing this side of it was unbelievable," Kidd said.

While Barry enjoys his "red carpet" treatment associated with being the best Champions Tour pragnosticator, his involvement in golf stems from a deep-seeded belief in the importance of volunteering. "My wife and I do a lot of volunteering in our hometown. Through the Toshiba Classic, I feel like I'm doing something good for (tournament charitable recipient) Hoag Hospital. Giving back is a great thing and I'm glad to do it as much as I can."

For someone who gives back so much, the Champions Tour is always happy return the favor.