The U.S. Open was not on television at the Manley household last weekend, even though Kirk Manley knew at an early age that golf was his passion and would become his livelihood.
"The Nick Jr. channel is probably our main channel 24-7," said Manley, the head professional at Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine.
Manley, 44, wouldn't have it any other way. His 2-year-old son, Colt, and wife Catherine come first in his life, with golf coming in second place. But that doesn't mean Manley and his Shady Canyon teammates won't try to make their debut at the Jones Cup a memorable one.
The Jones Cup, in its 13th year, pits local golf and country clubs in a team format that includes five members from each club — director of golf, head pro and the club's men's, women's and senior champions.
The Newport Beach Country Club will play host to this year's Cup on June 27, featuring teams from Newport Beach, Mesa Verde, Big Canyon and Santa Ana country clubs, and this year, Shady Canyon Golf Club.