LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA | Bob Hope did everything with a sense of style, even if it was just
going for an evening walk.
Hope’s name isn’t on the PGA Tour’s annual Palm Springs-area event anymore but
he’ll always be a part of it. Tournament officials
of the Humana Challenge made sure of that
when they unveiled the new Bob Hope Trophy,
to be presented annually to the winner. It was
designed by Ken von Roenn and incorporates
several elements to the design – including a
spiral aspect, which represents growth, health
and movement – and, of course, Hope’s legacy.
The central theme of the Humana Challenge –
a focal point of the week and discussed at length
by dignitaries, including President Bill Clinton
and the PGA Tour and the Clinton Foundation – is
improving America’s health.
Hope’s daughter, Linda, was on hand for
the unveiling of the trophy and told a revealing
A series of microbursts – small, intense
downdrafts that can feel like small tornadoes –
ripped through the Palm Springs area, causing
severe damage to trees, scoreboards and tents
at the three courses and forcing a halt to Satur-
day’s third round. A
story about her father’s focus on well-being.
“He lived a very healthy life,” Linda Hope said.
“Every day of his life, no matter where he was, he
would be out there before he went to bed taking
a 45-minute walk. Some days, the hotels would
be downtown. People would say, ‘Bob, might not
be too safe down here where you’re walking.’
He said, ‘I’ve never had any problem.’ He had no
bodyguards. He would take his golf club and ...”
No need for a punch line there. Bob Hope, for-
ever the golfer, never was far removed from his
precious clubs no matter what town he was in.
Dust blows on the Nicklaus Course at PGA
West after play was suspended Saturday
due to a series of microbursts.