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Let the star-studded games begin

Darin Olde, Tribune sportswriter

The first event in a six-day spree of celebrity golf begins today with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Celebrity Pro/Am Golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

About a half dozen celebrities will play in the primer, while Hollywood and professional sports stars will use today as the first day of practice for the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament Friday through Sunday.

Today also marks the first day celebrities will be available for autographs.

Adding to the momentum is the arrival of major stars such as Michael Jordan and Mario Lemieux, who are expected to play practice rounds today.

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The three-day autograph session concludes Friday, the first day of final 54-hole tournament.

Other superstars who have announced arrival times but have not scheduled tee times are Dan Quinn, Ahmad Rashad, Steve Kerr, Roy Green and Vince Coleman.

But dozens of celebrities will be teeing off throughout the day, said Phil Weidinger, a spokesman for the tournament.

In the books for the Celebrity Pro/Am today are Chris Redman, NFL quarterback for the Ravens; actor Bruce McGill; Neil Lomax, a former NFL quarterback; Phoenix Suns guard Vinny Del Negro; former Major League manager Davey Johnson; Hall of Famer catcher Gary Carter; and Ivan Lendl, tennis great.

Tee times begin at 7:50 and conclude at 8:50 a.m.

Today is also kids day, which means that for every paid adult, two kids under 16 years old can be admitted free.

On Wednesday, Caesars Tahoe’s Celebrity Pro/Am Tournament begins. Tee times have been set aside for celebrities including Pierre Larouche, Joe Theismann, Mark Rypien, five-time winner Rick Rhoden, Jim McMahon, Tom Tolbert, Digger Phelps, Mike Eruzione, comedian Kevin Nealon, Billy Joe Tolliver and Jeremy Roenick.

The American Century Celebrity-Amateur tournament begins Thursday.

Amateur tournament winnings will be donated to the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund, which provided financial support for the firefighters lost in the line of duty.

Joining more than 70 sport and entertainment celebrities in pursuit of a share of $500,000 in prize money in the tournament are FDNY firefighters Guy Warren, Kevin O’Brien and Tom McCann.

The firefighters are special invites, and will donate their winnings to the UFASF.

In addition, Warren will putt for $1 million on the 18th hole following the second round Saturday.

“I’ve holed a 60-footer before, everybody has, but not very often,” he said.

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