PGA Tour’s Mark Hubbard proposes to girlfriend on Pebble Beach green (vid)
Even though Mark Hubbard finished Thursday with even-par 72 after a two-putt par on the 18th hole — landing him in a tie for 99th place at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — odds are certain he had plenty else on his mind as he managed to sink a tricky putt out after blowing his first one 30 inches by the green.
A plan in the works for months was about to be put in play once Hubbard, playing in the final group on a sun-splashed day at Pebble Beach, finished his round: The 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie was planning to proposed to his girlfriend right there on the green.
With the assistance from PGA Tour officials who agreed to put up a message on the greenside LED scoreboard, Hubbard got down on bended knee, fished a ring out of his pocket and asked for Meghan McCurley’s hand in marriage. “Meghan, will you marry me?” the scoreboard read as Hubbard made his proposal.
And best part of all — obviously — is she said yes.
Dating since college where the two were set up by friends while attending San Jose State, Hubbard came up with idea — along with some helpful suggestions from McCurley’s family — over Thanksgiving.
“Actually her mom had the idea,” Hubbard said, noting the concept came together after asking McGurley’s father for permission to propose, via PGATour.com. “… She just thought it would be cool to include golf and we have 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 said the knowledge of what was coming after his day on the course helped him get through a somewhat challenging round.
In the end, everything came together and the well-laid plan went off without a hitch.
“I’m beyond happy,” McCurley said as she showcased the engagement ring, her hand visibly shaking.
(photo credit: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)