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Edgewood at its best in celebrity tourney

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

The most well-known athletes in the world and some of the biggest names in Hollywood are seeing Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course at its best.

Even defending American Century Celebrity Golf champion Dan Quinn said Wednesday the shape of the course is the best he’s ever seen.

“The golf course is in much better condition this year than last year, and that’s had to do with a milder spring,” said Michael Milthorpe, tournament director.

From golf pro Randy Fox to irrigation technicians such as Steve Peck, the Edgewood grounds crew staff is beaming with pride.

The course opened two weeks earlier this year after a mild winter. The tournament also begins two weeks later than normal, at the same time as the British Open.

Today marks the last day before the final American Century championship tournament begins.

The 13th annual event will be televised on ESPN on Friday and on NBC Saturday, both at 1 p.m. NBC will televise the final round on Sunday at noon.

“We should have it nice and firm by the time these guys play on it,” said Peck, who was watering hot spots last Tuesday. “Come Sunday the greens will be like linoleum.”

Rain Wednesday afternoon forced players off the course and put the irrigation crew in a mild state of concern.

They planned to scale back using the sprinkler system and do more hand watering.

The par-72, Gorge Fazio-designed course is considered one of the most attractive courses in the nation. The 17th hole, which stretches along the east shore of Lake Tahoe, is considered one of the best on the course.

During tournament play, boats anchored offshore often put on impromptu shows for the fans, making it a favorite for players and fans alike.

If you ask Guy Warren, Kevin O’Brien, or Tom McCann, the three fireman from New York who have been invited as special guests, they’ll tell you how lucky they feel to be at Edgewood.

McCann, who was on his heels taking in the scenery Tuesday, joked with one Tahoe resident: “Boy, the weather has been terrible out here.”

“Yeah,” the resident said. “It has been really hot.”

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