Set for Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Breakfast with Bob Goalby is open to the general public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $20, and tables of eight may be purchased for $125 by contacting the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. Wednesday tournament admission is $20.
Goalby won the 1968 Masters and 10 other PGA TOUR events and represented the United States in the 1963 Ryder Cup. He joined the Champions Tour in 1979 after helping create the PGA TOUR’s senior circuit and won twice. He later played as one of the Champions Tour’s Great Grand Champions; the “great grands” as they were called, played a pro-am four times a year in conjunction with Champions Tour events through last year, and as the Great Grand Champions evolved, Goalby became their unofficial spokesman regaling Great Grand Champions Pro-Am participants with stories of the old days on the PGA TOUR.
While the Great Grand Champions no longer compete, Goalby will make a special appearance at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic to continue the tradition of sharing tales of how today’s PGA TOUR and Champions Tour arrived evolved to where they are today. Goalby’s nephew, Jay Haas, is a two-time Greater Hickory Kia Classic champion, and Jerry Haas, also his nephew, is the golf coach at Wake Forest University. Goalby’s great-nephew, Bill Haas, plays on the PGA TOUR and is the 2011 FedExCup champion.
The 11th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is set for Oct. 14-20 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. The event features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition among some of the greatest legends in golf. Operated by the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the tournament donates all net proceeds to charities throughout the Greater Hickory Metro area each year. For more information, please call (828) 459-4000 or visit www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com.