"It's been an eventful couple of days," Berner said. "I've been trying to get flights and everything together."
Evans and Clark are flying out this morning and Berner later today toward the Sunriver Resort in Oregon.
"It's me and Jonathan and Barry," Berner said. "The [Kanawha] Valley will be in Oregon instead of Parkersburg."
The three will share a three-bedroom condo near Bend, Ore., and try to qualify for the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. The PGA Championship accepts the top 20 finishers from the PNC. A field of 312 will play for those spots.
For Berner, 37, this will be trip No. 4. But it's the first for the trio of friends.
"It's something we've talked about for years," Berner said.
I was watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night when Billy Crystal appeared to chat. When asked about his college life, he spoke about his time at Marshall.
That's correct: When Billy met Marshall.
Crystal went to high school in New York state. His father had been a pitcher at St. John's. Crystal accepted a scholarship to MU. During his freshman season, though, the school suspended the program and Crystal didn't return for his sophomore year.
"He was at Marshall for a short time to play baseball," said MU athletic director Mike Hamrick, who is in Portland, Ore., for his son Brett's wedding. "I was told he was a really good baseball player before getting into comedy."
The question, though, is whether Hamrick ever hit up Crystal for donations. Think of the possibilities: a fundraising dance called the Crystal ball; a new hoops facility called the Crystal Palace . . .
"Believe me, we've tried," Hamrick said. "And we'll continue to try."
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