Mark Hubbard’s par putt on 18 to finish the first round at Pebble Beach with an even-par 72 was just the appetizer to the best part of his day.
Just after sinking the putt, the 25-year-old Hubbard turned and got down on a knee to propose marriage to girlfriend Meaghan McCurley.
“Her mom had the idea when I asked her dad for permission,” Hubbard said afterwards. “She just thought it would be cool to include golf, and we’ve been together for so long I felt like I had to do something different than just take her out to dinner or something. So it just kind of all clicked.”
Hubbard had the support of the PGA Tour, which flashed the big question on the video board. McCurley, applauding her boyfriend’s solid finish, had to be nudged by a family member to look at the board, and it still took her a few seconds to register what was going on.
I’m beyond happy,” McCurley said afterwards to TV interviewers although she still seemed a bit in shock.