Bob Hope Classic Founder Dies at 96
Ernie Dunlevie dies from cancer at his home Monday
BERMUDA DUNES - Ernie Dunlevie, one of the co-founders of the golf tournament that would become the Bob Hope Classic and The Humana Challenge, died Monday from cancer at his Bermuda Dunes home. He was 96.
Dunlevie was key in the growth of the Coachella Valley in the 1950's and 1960's, having founded Bermuda Dunes Country Club.
When the PGA and The Thunderbird Invitational left Thunderbird Country Club in Palm Springs, Dunlevie was part of a group that approached the PGA about a tournament in the valley staged over multiple courses. That tournament , the Palm Springs Classic, would soon become the Bob Hope Classic, and forever etched into golf history.
Dunlevie is survived by his wife, Joy, and his four sons.