A Real Success Story

They could be called the ultimate host at Torrey Pines.

 "If I were to describe the Century Club. It would be a group of civic minded, charity minded golf enthusiasts."

Tom Wilson is the Executive Director of the Buick Invitational.

He's seen the tournament grow, and the Century Club's philanthropy.

"From a few thousand dollars that we used to give the San Diego Junior golf program to where we started giving $100,000, then $500,000 to a million," said Wilson. "And last year through all our activities we were able to generate $2.65 million to charity."

Their name has been associated with the PGA Tour's stop in San Diego for years.  The Century club was formed in 1961 in a unique way.

"They said we're all going to have to pay $100 dues, or a C note or century note. So they said let's just call ourselves The Century Club," according to Wilson.  

The rest is history.  With a diverse group of local businessmen as members.

"They're a variety of occupations from lawyers to doctors to engineers," added Wilson.

And all with the common goals of perpetuating a PGA tour event here -- promoting San Diego, and raising money for local charities.

"The Century Club has been doing that for 47 years. We've done a good job. It's been a lot of fun, and its been very beneficial to the community," Wilson said.

They'll present another championship trophy and check to the winner of the Buick Invitational a week from Saturday, and with a big thank you to all the fans.

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