Tony Letendre said Monday that he hasn't heard too much about the Jones Cup, the annual golf tournament that tees off at Newport Beach Country Club at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
After a last-minute switch, Letendre is Newport Beach's team captain for the event. But it is easy to forgive him for not knowing about the particulars of the tournament.
Monday was Letendre's very first day on the job, as head professional at Newport Beach.
That hasn't stopped people around the course from giving him Jones Cup advice.
"Everybody that has been greeting me since I've been here has told me everything from, 'No pressure, but we think you'll play well,' to, 'I think this is our year to win,'" Letendre said. "I don't know what to expect. I don't know what to think. I'm just happy to get it airborne off the first tee."
Letendre, 35, came from Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, where he had been since the club opened eight years ago. He replaces Paul Hahn, both as the Newport Beach Country Club head pro and in the tournament. Hahn had played in all 12 previous editions of the Jones Cup.