More security on staff for celebrity golf tournament |

More security on staff for celebrity golf tournament

Darin Olde, Tribune sportswriter

More security will be on staff for this week’s American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, tournament organizers said.

No sports memorabilia, backpacks, coolers, fanny packs and large purses will be permitted on the property throughout the tournament.

Spectators can get autographs during the practice rounds Tuesday through Thursday on shirts, hats, programs or pairing sheets; they just can’t bring anything in to be signed.

During the practice round, sports fans can take pictures, too, but not during the final rounds Friday through Sunday.

People caught with cameras during that time may have their equipment confiscated.

“No camera rule has always been enforced Friday onward,” said Tournament Director Michael Milthorpe. “We’re trying to make it friendly, but (the celebrities) are also playing for $500,000. A lot of time there are spectators who aren’t realizing that they are playing for a significant amount of money.”

Milthorpe said he doesn’t feel that security is a greater concern this year, but considering the number of internationally renown athletes who attend — say, Michael Jordan — it has always been a priority.

“I think people are more aware of it,” he said, “but because of some of the athletes we’re dealing with, we’ve been taking security seriously from the beginning.”

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