Lake Tahoe confirmed: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre to play at American Century Championship |

Lake Tahoe confirmed: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre to play at American Century Championship

Sara Thompson and Jeff Munson

**FILE** Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, left, and Green Bay Packers Brett Favre, right, are seen in these 2007 file photos. With playoff positioning at stake for the Packers and Cowboys, who play Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, Favre doesn't really want to play along with one of the game's most compelling story lines. Still, Favre has to admit that there are some striking similarities between himself and Romo. (AP Photo/File)

Recently retired Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will participate in Lake Tahoe’s celebrity golf event this summer, officials confirmed today.

Favre’s acceptance to play at the 19th American Century Championship golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course was announced at the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA) Marketing Advisory Committee meeting this morning.

“He’s a tremendous addition to the line up,” said Sue Barton, LTVA director of visitor information.

Bryan Davis, marketing manager for Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, said Favre is a huge name and provides excitement for those watching the tournament.

Overall, it will help with viewership and is great for the event.

“And it makes the Packer fans happy,” Davis said.

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Packer fans are known as “cheesheads.”

Nearly 80 sport stars and celebrity actors have pledged to play in the American Century Championship golf tournament July 8-13 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, tournament organizers have announced.

Besides Favre, new to the tournament are NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett, actor Aidan Quinn, sports announcer Joe Buck, baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, former All-Star outfielder Darryl Strawberry and 11-time national sportswriter-of-the-year Rick Reilly.

Returning celebrities include Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, Dennis Miller, Ray Romano, Mario Lemieux, Dan Marino, LaDainian Tomlinson, John Elway and Jerry Rice.

The 54-hole tournament has been played at Edgewood Tahoe’s 6,707-yard lakeside course since 1990. Chris Chandler won the tournament last year. His stiffest competition should be from six-time winner Rick Rhoden, four-time winner Dan Quinn and past champions Jack Wagner, Billy Joe Tolliver, Mario Lemieux, Al Del Greco and Mark Rypien.

Tickets are available daily at the gate. Prices are $15 for July 8-9 and $25 per day July 10-13. A weeklong pass costs $60 for all six days of the event. Advance ticket purchases prior to June 15 receive a $5 discount. Kids 10 and younger are free with a paid adult.

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The American Century Championship will award $600,000 in prize money, with $125,000 going to the winner.

The event is sponsored by American Century Investments. Since its start, the tournament has raised more than $3 million for a variety of charities, organizers said. NBC Sports will televise the second and final rounds.