Elway, Gretzky and Lemieux among early entries for celebrity tournament
Many of the top names in sports and entertainment are scheduled to tee it up in the 11th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe July 7-9.
Among the field of 75 expected to compete in the $500,000 54-hole stroke play tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course are two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback John Elway, hockey immortals Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, recently retired Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, actor Jack Wagner and five-time winner and defending champion Rick Rhoden.
An impressive list of celebrity and sports superstars is anticipated, including All Pro running back Marshall Faulk of the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, NBC news anchor Stone Phillips, Oakland Raiders All-Pro receiver Tim Brown, National Hockey League star Brett Hull, and former NFL star and NBC color analyst Ahmad Rashad.
Played at Edgewood Tahoe, rated in Golf Digest’s Top 100, the course features water on 14 holes, including Lake Tahoe on Nos. 17 and 18, slick greens and Ponderosa pine-lined fairways.
American Century Investments is back as title sponsor for the second consecutive year. Based in Kansas City, Mo., American Century is a full-service investment provider offering nearly 70 mutual funds.
NBC Sports will televise the second and final rounds live July 8 (1 to 3 p.m.), and on July 9 (noon to 3 p.m.). A celebrity/amateur tournament is set for July 6 and practice rounds are July 4 and 5.
Tickets will be available at the course each day of the event. Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds are $10 per day; Thursday’s celebrity-amateur and tournament play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $15 per day. For advance tickets, call the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Central Reservations at (800) AT-TAHOE.
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