Such was partially the case at Caves Valley Golf Club yesterday. Big business was represented and a dozen PGA Tour players were there -- but because they wanted to be, not because they had been paid to show.
Although such pros as Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Larry Mize, Larry Nelson and Scott Simpson drew the attention of Caves Valley members and friends, it was another who drew the attention of the pros.
They were on hand as a way of saying thanks to Larry Moody of Columbia, who was instrumental in getting Wednesday night bible-study sessions started on the PGA Tour, and who is still active in the endeavor 13 years later.
Moody was conducting similar services for the Baltimore Colts in 1980 when friend Jim Hiskey asked if he'd be interested in doing golf. "Then, I was asked by three players -- Don Pooley, Morris Hatalsky and Larry Nelson -- to lead a Wednesday night chapel," Moody said.
"Right now, we'll have as many as 70 at a study, husbands and wives, and I do about 26 weeks, and arrange for the speakers at the other ones."
Moody, whose partner, Dave Krueger, does the same thing for the Orioles, is a non-denominational minister who is president of Search Ministries.
Moody, a Caves Valley member, recently asked if there would be interest in bringing in a group of pros, and the affirmative response started things rolling toward this event. "It just happened in a casual way," said Caves Valley president Les Disharoon.
The pros were effusive in their praise of the course. Funk, still on an emotional high from his tie for seventh in the Open, was excited about playing here for the first time. "Right now, you could play anything here."
Which is what head golf pro Dennis Satyshur wanted to hear. "Our goal is to host a national championship. It was important to have players of this caliber come and see if we could play a major."
The winning team was led by pros Nelson and Hatalsky, plus amateurs Bobby Levine, Jerry David, Ron Kirstein and Don Parmer with a two best balls of 124.