May 23, 2007–Course records are to golfers what celebrity hotties are to the general population. Mostly untouchable, but we can dream that one day we score one or both. We all probably have a better chance of hooking up with Britney Spears or Brad Pitt (yes ladies, we care about you here at GLV Now) as we do of shooting 59 to break Tiger Woods' course record at Shadow Creek. But that doesn't mean we all can't fantasize about the day when we do go so low that we enter territory that even the best of the best haven't reached (and then we wake up and play the 12th hole).
By Jack Sheehan and Brian Hurlburt, GLV Now contributors
Las Vegas' most infamous golf course record belongs to Monte Money, who recorded a 14-under par 58 at legendary Las Vegas golf course Las Vegas Golf Club. Las Vegas Golf Club is one of the busiest courses in the Las Vegas golf region, and is a friendly, traditional layout shadowed by hundreds of trees and played by the friendliest of players … if you make sure to keep up the pace of play.
But to a few Las Vegas golfers–Craig Barlow, Woods, Robert Gamez and many other notables–they have their names etched in Las Vegas golf history. But one many will forever be remembered for a round he put together many years ago.
If ever there was an aptly named golfer from Las Vegas, it was Monte Carlo Money. As a guy who qualified for three U.S. Opens, Money inevitably faced reporters in the Open press tent who thought his name had to be a ruse.
But Monte was the real deal. His 58 at Las Vegas Golf Club, aided according to his playing partners, by downing a couple six-packs of Budweiser along the way. The beer was both a blessing and a curse for Money, as he seemed to play better with tall ones in his belly, but found that most competitive golf tournaments discouraged the chugging of a lager along the way.
Although he tried a few times to make his way to the PGA Tour, he always fell short. One story even had him being thrown in jail while on a trip when he was attempting to qualify for the US. Open. But with his name and talent, he will forever be considered a certified local legend.