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Brodie still remembered, loved at Edgewood

Brodie still remembered, loved at Edgewood
Steve Yingling
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune John Brodie follows the leader group in a golf cart on Sunday.
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Inspiration for Chris Chandler’s solid play over the weekend could be linked by the return of John Brodie to the tournament.

One of the top celebrity golf players in the 1990s, Brodie was stricken by a stroke five years ago, limiting his speech and physical activity.

“He’s not really been able to play any golf, and he’s probably not speaking as well as we all want him to, but he’s in as good a mood and as happy as he ever has been,” Chandler said. “I don’t know if you’ve heard him out there. If you listen at all, all he’s doing is laughing.”

NBC made a tribute to Brodie on Friday prior to the long drive contest won by David Carr and instituted an annual award in his name.

Chandler, who is Brodie’s son-in-law, was in third place after two rounds of the tournament.

“To honor him this week is something pretty special,” said Chandler, who finished fourth, seven points behind winner Billy Joe Tolliver.

Chandler, however, is disappointed that the NFL hasn’t honored Brodie for his standout career with the 49ers.

“Everybody I talk to says, ‘Why isn’t Brodie in the Hall of Fame?” Chandler said. “Everybody thinks he is. There’s not a person out there who doesn’t think he’s in the Hall of Fame. He should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. It’s an injustice, it’s a shame. Everybody in there is deserving, but John is as or more deserving than a lot of guys that are in there right now.”

John Elway is of firm belief that Brodie should join him in the Hall of Fame.

“You hope that guys who did so much for the league like he did have the opportunity to get in there,” Elway said.

Brodie, who was runner-up in the 1997 championship, is missed on the golf course.

“We wish he was out here playing with us because he’s a great player and a lot of fun to be around,” Elway said. “I’m glad he’s doing a lot better and moving around.”

Amiee posts record finish

The best-ever performance for a woman in the championship was turned in by professional player Danielle Amiee.

Settling down after a unnerving debut on Friday, Amiee shot a 2-over-par 74 in the second round to score 16 points on her way to a 39-point total for 54 holes. She finished in 26th place, 37 points behind Tolliver and nine ahead of Michael Jordan.

“I played incredible golf today. I hit an 180-yard 7-iron with 30 yards right to left,” Amiee said after Saturday’s round.

Her second-round score wasn’t as impressive as the fact that she played from the men’s tees, while actress Cheryl Ladd and Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken teed up from the women’s tees.

“NBC is a great company and they asked me to please play from the back and I respect that,” Amiee said. “I’m not here to just be a publicity (stunt). I want to come into it and play good golf. You have to back it up with a good score.”

The previous best performance came in 1994 when former UCLA Bruins’ star Ann Meyers finished 61st with rounds of 87, 85 and 85.

Amiee ultimately wants to land a spot on the LPGA Tour. As the winner of the Big Break III contest sponsored by The Golf Channel, Amiee was awarded two spots in 2005 LPGA Tour events. She missed the cut at Michelob Ultra Open and withdrew from the Corning Classic because of a bad back.

Barkley upset at casino

Golf wasn’t the only thing getting the best of Charles Barkley at the American Century Championship.

The 13th all-time NBA scorer said during a Friday press conference that he was losing money at the host casino – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

“I’m down a little bit,” he said.

Barkley has lost money in Stateline before, but he didn’t like how he was losing it.

“I’m disappointed in the casino because they lowered all the limits we can bet,” he said.

Barkley said he used to be able to wager a maximum of $25,000 per bet, but that has been reduced to $10,000 this week.

“One thing you never talk about, gaming, but we’re consistent with what will be tomorrow and Nov. 27 and probably March 10 of next year,” said Don Marrandino, the president of Harrah’s Northern Nevada operations.

Harrah’s spokesperson John Packer said that Harrah’s table limit has been at $10,000 for some time. The players were hosted at Caesars Tahoe last year, where the table limit was higher.

“What they are trying to do is keep us in the casino longer, because we can’t win as much,” Barkley said. “I think that’s unfair and unfortunate because obviously the longer you gamble, the better chance for the house to win.”

Barkley lost at least $50,000 on the golf course and cost fans some of their money as well. Chris Webber beat Barkley on a side bet, costing Barkley a $50,000 donation to CWebb’s favorite charity.

“I think I’ve probably seen 15 to 20 (betting tickets on me),” Barkley said. “And the rest of them probably are too embarrassed to say they bet with me or him, so you never know many people actually bet.”

A Stateline casino also carried a line on the Barkley-Webber matchup, giving Webber a 21-point cushion. He didn’t need it, winning by 8 points over Barkley (-84 to -76).

With a slim lead after the first round on Friday, a journalist asked Barkley if he was going to work on the driving range after the press conference.

“What, you think I can work it out if I go out there now?” he said. “Go out there on the range for another hour or so, that will get it smoothed out.”


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