Moseley makes up for sorry game in the fun department |

Moseley makes up for sorry game in the fun department

Steve Yingling and Rick Chandler

Jonny Moseley’s infamous record 18-hole score only lasted 24 hours.

While Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has professed to be of sound body and mind, he’s obviously not a golfer.

Ventura followed a first-round 110, with a record-breaking 51-over-par 123 in the championship’s second round. Although he never scored higher than 10 on a hole, he had enough 8s, 9s and 10s to make his playing partner Charles Barkley’s 105 look good.

Moseley, who won the gold medal in mogul skiing at the 1998 Winter Games, fired a horrendous 44-over-par 116 in the first round. The total included a two-shot penalty for missing his tee time. Still, he kept cracking jokes.

“Every time I par, I give out a hat,” said Moseley, who wasn’t giving out many.

After his opening round, Moseley spotted the former World Wrestling Federation star and commiserated over their 18-hole war stories.

“That’s the worst round I’ve ever had,” said Ventura of his 110 on Friday.

“I wish I could say the same,” replied Moseley.

Moseley satisfied the stargazing desires of family and friends as well as he used a different caddie each day. Brother Jeff worked the bag on Friday, colorful skiing buddy Glen Plake made the loop on Saturday and high school chum Stephen Henry handed out the clubs Sunday.

“Glen was awesome. I had more fun than anything,” said Moseley, referring to Plake’s outlandish jello-colored hairdo and Payne Stewart-like Knickers; advice of “Put it in the hole, dude,” on No. 11; and handy waders he offered David Cassidy after the former Partridge Family Star went in the drink on No. 11.

Moseley avoided last place, finishing 16 shots ahead of Ventura, whose record 348 total was 132-over par.

“One day I’ll be better,” Moseley promised

The tournament served as yet another reunion for former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks John Brodie and Steve Spurrier, who have become good friends over the years.

“One of the reasons I play here in Tahoe is to get together with good friends,” said Spurrier, who won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Florioda before spending several seasons as Brodie’s backup with the 49ers. “John and I play a lot of golf together, but he usually has to spot me six strokes or so. I can’t play with him even. We’re good friends.”

Forty Niner fans in the 1960s might be surprised to hear that, given that a “quarterback controversy” was usally brewing in the media during each year they played on the same team.

“We’ve always been good friends,” said Brodie. “We play for $20 a round. We’ve been hanging out together all week.”

Spurrier says that golf is one of the ways he relaxes after, and during, the tough SEC football season.

“I’m not one of those coaches who lives in the office,” Spurrier said. “I get out and live a little.”

At least in his moment of fame he didn’t shortside the putt.

Accountant Joe Capper of New York missed an opportunity to win $1.2 million in the Beck’s first-ever Putt and Win Sweepstakes following the second round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship on Saturday.

Needing to sink a 35-foot putt to become an instant millionaire, Capper wasn’t about to commit a cardinal sin of putting – leaving a putt short of the hole. In fact, his putt rolled 36 past the cup.

Capper, an avid golfer who regular scores in the 80s, was given the opportunity to putt for a million dollars after being selected randomly out of 100,000 entries by the German beer company.

As it turned out, the Taylor Made Long Drive Contest was taylor made for the Dallas market, as Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and Stars right winger Brett Hull finished in a tie for first place, and needed a playoff to decide the crown.

Fifteen participants were given three drives each off the first tee on Friday, with Smith and Hull both recording bests of 394 yards. The pair – who both wear No. 22, coincidentally – were each given two additional drives to settle the tie. Hull’s efforts went 324 and 310 yards. Smith then needed only one shot – 373 yards – to claim the title and a new set of Taylor Made golf clubs.

Third place went to Melrose Place star Jack Wagner. But just prior to his last drive (380 yards), the other 11 competitors walked off the tee in mock protest.

“If he beats me I’m retiring,” complained San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice (334). There is no update on Rice’s playing status.

Dan Jansen, one of three gold medalists from the Winter Olympics in the field, aced the 156-yard fifth hole on Saturday.

Jansen, who won the 1,000-meter speed skating gold medal in the 1992 Games, used a seven iron to hole his tee shot on the par 3.

Former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller teamed with Rice to win Thursday’s celebrity-amateur tournament.

They along with Alex Jasso, Martin Kalifa and Carlos Bremer carded a 19-under-par 53 to win the event by two shots over teams led by Super Bowl runner-up quarterback Chris Chandler and former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax.

Life has never been better for hockey player Brett Hull.

After scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in the third overtime against Buffalo on June 19, the Dallas Stars’ all-star right winger played two rounds of golf with the NHL’s greatest player ever Wayne Gretzky this past weekend.

“I look forward to this week every year, and it’s been fabulous. Wayne and I are good friends,” said Hull, who responded to brutal conditions on Saturday with a second-round 77.

While the Stars’ satisfied Hull’s career ambition this past season, he knows one Cup won’t be enough.

“Right now I have absolutely no hunger to win another Cup, but once we get back to training camp I’m sure everyone will have the desire to prove that our championship wasn’t a fluke,” he said.

As for his controversial goal that gave the Lone Star state its first hockey championship, Hull said he hasn’t watched the replay of the biggest shot of his life.

“What people don’t know is that the league sent out a memorandum before the playoffs changing the rule that if you had possession of the puck in the crease that it’s OK to be in there,” he said.

With his new coach and the franchise’s best player ever in the field, Denver quarterback Chris Miller didn’t have to wonder where the army of Broncos fans were over the weekend.

The third-string Broncos quarterback is returning from a three-year league hiatus, where a spate of concussions forced him into early retirement.

“I couldn’t ask for much more … to take three years off and have an opportunity to go to the two-time defending Super Bowl champions,” said the 1987 first-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons.”

“My goal is to get myself as mentally ready as I possibly can, learn the system and be ready when my number is called,” added

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