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Tahoe caddies work with stars

Gregory Crofton

Ever drink a beer with Mario Lemieux? Scott Rahbeck, a 1997 graduate of Whittell High School, did on Sunday after he finished caddying for the hockey superstar.

Rahbeck made a special trip back from school at the University of Washington to work for Lemieux. It’s the fourth straight year he’s carried his golf bag at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament.

“His caddy couldn’t come at the last minute – that’s how I first got the job,” Rahbeck said. “I help him read the greens, they can be tricky. Local knowledge helps.”

And Rahbeck has that knowledge having golfed for Whittell and played Edgewood for 15 years. Rahbeck said he is always impressed with the distance Lemieux can smack a ball.

“He hit a driver, 9-iron on the 18th hole – that’s pretty big,” Rahbeck said. “Him, Elway and Dan Quinn hit it as far as people on tour.”

Lemieux, who won the tournament in 1998, was obviously pleased to have Rahbeck by his side because he invited him to the player’s tent to relax at table for about an hour.

Outside the Edgewood Clubhouse, donning shades and waiting for a car, Lemieux gave Rahbeck a stamp of approval for services rendered saying his caddy treated him well and added that it “was a great four days.”

Rick Neuheisel, one of the nation’s best-known college football coaches, also played in this year’s tournament. He is head coach at the University of Washington where his team won this year’s Rose Bowl. He recruited his dad to carry his purple Husky golf bag.

“It’s hard work. I wouldn’t do it for anybody but my son,” said 65-year-old Dick Neuheisel, who came up from Tempe, Ariz., to walk Edgewood. “We talk about every shot. He’s very aware and very bright, but his swing left him a couple of times. The pressure is high with the TV cameras and the fans. You want to do well.”

Marcus Allen, the former Raider running back, also had some quality guidance this week with Ryan Salomon, a top golfer from Whittell carrying his bag. In May, Salomon shot a 77 and 76 at Edgewood taking the 2A individual championship.

Salomon said it was his third year caddying at the celebrity tournament and this year was the most fun he’s had. “It was a blast, we got to play with Emmitt Smith,” he said. “Marcus is a great putter. I let him know the yardage and kept my mouth shut.”

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