From The San Diego Union-Tribune
by Bryce Miller
Round after round, Bob Steber showed up – as Swiss-watch steady as the bordering Pacific.
Since the moment the tournament now known as the Farmers Insurance Open blasted its first tee shot at Torrey Pines Golf Course in 1968, Steber has been there.
He found the paint-peeling rocket John Daly ricocheted off the stands on No. 18 under a small table at a merchandise tent. He stood sentry over Phil Mickelson’s ball as a national TV audience watched Lefty mop up a playoff win in 2001. He hovered just eight feet away as Craig Stadler infamously kneeled on a towel under a tree in 1987, leading to a disqualification unlike any other.
The 80-year-old volunteer will walk onto the course one more time, later this month, as part of the 1,000 living, breathing cogs that keep a tournament like the Farmers Insurance Open chugging.
Then Steber will step away from the event that began as the San Diego Open at the San Diego Country Club in 1952. He caddied at the tournament that year, by the way.
Steber is both walking historian and part of the history itself at the PGA Tour stop.
Chula Vista’s Bob Steber has volunteered at the Farmers Insurance Open each year since it moved to Torrey Pines Golf Course in 1968. As part of The Century Club’s Champions for Youth campaign, Bob is competing in the PGA Tour’s Volunteer Challenge. His charity of choice? SAY San Diego! If Bob collects the most votes by 11 a.m. on January 28, SAY will receive $10,000 in Steber’s name.