Armstrong to make Celebrity-Am appearance |

Armstrong to make Celebrity-Am appearance

Capturing Tour de France titles has always kept cycling great Lance Armstrong far away from the American Century Championship in Stateline.

But after winning his record seventh straight Tour title last July, Armstrong retired from competitive cycling. With most of his time spent on the appearance trail these days, Armstrong has just enough time to squeeze in a round of golf at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in July.

Armstrong, 34, will play in the Celebrity-Am on July 13, which precedes the 54-hole tournament that begins on July 14.

However, Armstrong will be unable to play in the July 14-16 tournament as he must fly to France to crown his successor.

In the past, the 18-hole Celebrity-Am has attracted such athletes as golf star Annika Sorenstam, Brandi Chastain of soccer fame and major league pitcher Scott Erickson. Sorenstam was between LPGA events and used the day to school some celebrity players and Erickson, who has a home on the South Shore, was on his All-Star break.

Armstrong recently collaborated with American Century Investments, making the Lance Armstrong Foundation a major beneficiary of the tournament’s charity fundraising.

The field for the 17th annual championship includes Michael Jordan, Ray Romano, Charles Barkley, Donald Trump, Ben Roethlisberger, Mario Lemieux, Don Cheadle, Pete Sampras and Jerry Rice.

Among the first-time participants are Chastain, Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers’ All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson, 2006 Olympic halfpipe silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler and actors Aidan Quinn, Cheech Marin and Dennis Haysbert.

Tickets are available daily at the gate. Prices are $10 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on July 11 and the practice round on July 12 and $20 for the American Century Celebrity-Am on July 13 and for each tournament round July 14-16.

For ticket information as well as tournament packages, phone 1-800-AT-TAHOE or (530) 544-5050, or go to or

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